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Course Descriptions - Sociology Course Concentration- Race, Class and Gender

The Race, Class and Gender concentration concentration requires 15 credits.  A grade of C must be achieved in SOC 201, and the grades for all 15 credits must average a C.

Required courses – SOC 201; SOC 329; and FAS 101 or NAS 101

Elective courses – At least two of the following electives must be taken to complete the concentration; at least one of the two electives must be a Sociology course.  SOC 330; SOC 340 (Wealth, Poverty and Power); SOC 371; FAS 101; NAS 101;  WST 101; WST 103.  Note: FAS 101 and NAS 101 can obviously not be counted as an elective if counted as a required  course.

* - Required courses for Race, Class and Gender concentration.

SOC 201 Social Inequality *
Structural analysis of social inequality within American society and the global community.  Emphasis on the causes, extent and social consequences of inequality, especially those based on race, gender, social class and the level of economic development. (Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts and Institutions and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements.) Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission. Cr. 3

SOC 329 Sociology of Gender *
Analysis of contemporary definitions of femininity and masculinity within American society. Emphasis on the interpersonal and institutional dimensions of sexism and the prospects of social change. (Satisfies the General Education Human Values/Social Context Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement.) Prerequisite: SOC 101 and either SOC 201 or WST 101, or permission. Cr. 3

SOC 330 Perspectives on Women
Multidisciplinary analysis of the personal, interpersonal, and institutional dimensions of women’s lives. Explores commonalties among women as well as differences based on race, social class, age, and sexual identity. (Satisfies the General Education Human Values and Social Context/Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement.) Prerequisite: Either SOC 201 or WST 101, or permission. Cr. 3

SOC 340 Wealth, Poverty and Power
Who owns what? Who controls what? How does a sociological argument address these questions? We will look at the unequal distribution of resources in America. We will use data from various federal sources, e.g., the Bureau of the Census, to examine how goods are distributed in the corporate world as well as between families and individuals. We will touch on changes in resource distributions across societies and historical periods. We will ask whether inequality demarcates the world as well as the U.S. We will conclude with the “So what” question – what differences do the differences make? Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology or permission Cr. 3

SOC 371 Immigration, Women and Society
Examines the varied and complex experiences of immigrant women in the United States. Students will learn about the history of U.S. immigration in general and about the experiences of immigrant women in particular.  Immigrant women’s experiences will be examined through a lens that views gender as a social system that intersects with other social structures including race, religion, and social class.  A central feature of this course is a service-learning oral history project which requires students to interview a woman who has immigrated to the United States, incorporate the interviewee’s experiences into an analytical paper, and present the findings at the end of the semester. (This course is identical to WST 371.)  (Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Population and the Environment Requirements.)  Prerequisite:  SOC 101 and SOC 201 or permission.  Cr. 3

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