Sociology

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts

Nature of Program

Sociology examines human society with an emphasis on social structure, processes of social interaction, and social change.  Students learn the methods of social science as well as the specialized knowledge and insights of discipline while selecting from a range of substantive course topics. These include but are not limited to: Racial and ethnic relations, sex and gender, social class and poverty, families and relationships, social psychology and media, health and health care, and urban and rural sociology.  Courses in the department also are intended to facilitate the application of sociological principles to a wide range of contemporary social problems.

The major prepares students to pursue a broad range of careers that require knowledge of social organization and social processes.  It also prepares students for graduate studies in the social sciences in pursuit of academic or applied research careers or for professional training in law, public administration, social work, public health and other fields.  For more information about this program, please visit the departmental website.

Students who earn a degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences must complete the University requirements, the College requirements for their specific degree program, and their major requirements.

Minors

All students have the possibility of earning one or more minors; view a list of all available minors and their requirements here. Please note that students may not earn a minor in their major field.

Certificate of Global Engagement

Students in the Eberly College, regardless of their major, can earn a Certificate of Global Engagement. Completion of the Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds.  Students will be required to apply their knowledge of contemporary issues and global social contexts to their course work and their broader citizenship.  For details regarding Certificate requirements, please visit the Eberly College page.

Admission Requirements

Some entering freshmen can be admitted directly into the major, based on their high school GPA and results of standardized tests. Others will be advised in the the Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success until they meet milestones set by the department.  These include: SOCA 101 and SOCA 105 with grades of C- or higher and an overall GPA of 2.0.  It is recommended that students also take MATH 122 or higher (pre-requisite for STAT 211) at the same time SOCA 101 and  SOCA 105 are being completed.

Benchmark Expectations

Students who start as freshmen are expected to complete SOCA 101 and SOCA 105 with grades of C- or higher by the end of freshman year; two 200-level sociology courses plus STAT 211 by the end of their sophomore year; and four 300-level courses (including SOCA 301 and SOCA 311) by the end of their junior year.  Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all SOCA courses counting toward major requirements. All majors must meet with their adviser every semester. Students who do not meet these benchmarks may be removed from their major.

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General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in Sociology

All Sociology majors must complete a common set of required courses and choose major electives based on their scholarly and career interests.

  • Calculation of GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required across all SOCA courses counted toward meeting major requirements.  If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat.
  • Experiential Learning: Students are encouraged to pursue a Professional Field Experience (SOCA 491) or Independent Study (SOCA 495) in their junior or senior year, combining experiential work with previously acquired skills in a project appropriate to their career goals. SOCA 490, SOCA 491, and SOCA 495 can be taken for variable credit and will count as general elective credits towards graduation, but they cannot be applied to major requirements.
     
  • Capstone Requirement: The General Education Foundation requires the successful completion of a Capstone course.  Sociology majors must complete SOCA 488.
     
  • Writing and Communication Skills Requirement:  Sociology Bachelor of Arts students fulfill the Writing and Communication Skills requirement by completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), and two SpeakWrite Certified Courses TMSOCA 488, and a 2nd course selected from HIST 203 , HIST 207, HIST 221, HIST 241, HIST 242, HIST 259, HIST 264PSYC 241, SOCA 318, WGST 150, WGST 225.

Curriculum Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS31
First Year Seminar
GEF Requirements: may vary depending on overlap
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Fine Arts Requirement
Foreign Language
Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Common Core Requirements13
Introduction to Sociology (MinGrade of C-)
Introduction to Anthropology (MinGrade of C-)
Orientation to Sociology and Anthropology (MinGrade of C-)
Sociological Theory
Social Research Methods
Statistics Requirement3
Select one of the following:
Applied Statistical Modeling
Elementary Statistical Inference
Sociology Requirements15
Select five of the following (at least three must be 300 or 400-level):
Social Problems in Contemporary America
Families and Society
Death and Dying
Inequality and the Media
Race and Ethnic Relations
Deviant Behavior
Complex Organizations
Hate Crime
Social Psychology
Sociology of Rural Life
Sociology of Law
Sociology of Work and Work Places
Sociology of American Business
Women and Men in Society
Class, Status, and Power
Mass Media, Crime and Deviance
Economy and Society
Cities and Urban Life
Anthropology, Criminology, or Sociology Electives:6
Two additional courses in sociology, anthropology, or criminology (200-level or above)
Capstone Experience3
The Capstone Experience
General Electives37
Number of electives may vary depending on overlap and AP credits
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 53GEF 2 3
Foreign Language 1013ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
GEF 33Foreign Language 1023
SOCA 101 (GEF 4)3SOCA 105 (ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement; GEF 7)3
SOCA 1991General Elective1
 14 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 23
GEF 8*3GEF 8*3
Foreign Language 2033Foreign Language 2043
200-level Sociology Course3200-level Sociology Course3
Statistics Requirement3General Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 8*3SOCA 3113
SOCA 3013Upper-level Sociology Course3
Upper-level Sociology Course3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Upper-level Sociology Course3SOCA 488 (Capstone)3
Anthropology, Criminology, or Sociolgy Elective 13Anthropology, Criminology, or Sociolgy Elective 23
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120
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 Students completing a minor, a second major or a dual degree already fulfill F 8.

Major Learning Goals

sociology

Students graduating with a BA in Sociology will have the ability to:

  1. Describe sociology’s core concepts and approaches to the study of social structures, social dynamics, and social issues, and how it is similar to and different from other social sciences.
  2. Demonstrate the sociological imagination by describing how culture and social structure operate, how society shapes individuals and individuals shape society, and the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, gender, class, or other bases of inequality. 
  3. Identify and compare sociology’s core theoretical and methodological approaches and discuss their role in building knowledge about society.
  4. Apply ethical principles to the conduct of sociological research and the applications of its findings.
  5. Critically analyze sociological questions and issues by retrieving and synthesizing appropriate information and evidence and identifying implications for research and practice/policy.
  6. Demonstrate effective, clear and persuasive communication skills according to disciplinary conventions.

Anthropology Minor

Minor Code - U032

Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses applied toward the minor.
Core Course:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Anthropology Electives15
Select 15 credits, with 9 credits at 300-level or higher
Physical Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeology
Latin American Culture
Traditional and Changing Africa
Historical Archaeology
Mesoamerican Archaeology
Cultural Resource Management
Archaeological Field School
Anthropology of Health and Illness
Archaeology of Ancient States
Social Movements
Environmental Anthropology
Total Hours18

Sociology Minor

MINOR CODE - U033

Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses applied toward the minor.

Core Course:3
Introduction to Sociology
Upper-Division Electives: *15
Select 15 credits from the list below; 9 credits must be at the 300-level or higher:
Social Problems in Contemporary America
Families and Society
Death and Dying
Inequality and the Media
Criminology
The Criminal Justice System
Race and Ethnic Relations
Deviant Behavior
Complex Organizations
Hate Crime
Social Psychology
Third World Development
Sociology of Rural Life
Sociology of Law
Sociology of Work and Work Places
Sociology of American Business
Women and Men in Society
Class, Status, and Power
Constructing Social Problems
Social Movements
Economy and Society
Total Hours18
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Special topic courses (SOCA 293 or 393 or 493) are also eligible.  If a special topic course does not contain “sociology” in the title, consult the approved course list on the current students section of the department website to verify its status as a sociology course.

SOCA 101. Introduction to Sociology. 3 Hours.

Basic course intended to develop a perspective about the nature of social processes and the structure of society.

SOCA 105. Introduction to Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Essentials of human evolution and prehistory with a concentration on the varieties of languages and cultures found among peoples of the world.

SOCA 199. Orientation to Sociology and Anthropology. 1 Hour.

Orientation to degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities and opportunities.

SOCA 207. Social Problems in Contemporary America. 3 Hours.

Sociological analysis of the causes, effects and approaches to preventing and reducing social problems in American society.

SOCA 221. Families and Society. 3 Hours.

Historical comparative approach to changing structure and functions of the family institution. Effect of economic, demographic, and cultural changes on relationships, gender roles, marriage, childcare; variations by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation.

SOCA 223. Death and Dying. 3 Hours.

Sociological and anthropological perspectives on death and dying. Examines sociopsychological and structural factors supporting the beliefs and practices associated with the institution of death, both historically and in contemporary society.

SOCA 225. Inequality and the Media. 3 Hours.

Analyzes how media reflects and shapes inequalities in society with emphasis on race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Content is based on research findings derived from studies of contemporary society and media.

SOCA 226. Sexuality and Society. 3 Hours.

Examines sociological perspectives on sexuality, sexual identity, and associated attitudes and beliefs. Emphasis is given to processes through which these concepts and our understandings of them are socially constructed.

SOCA 232. Criminology. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 101. Exploration of various theories of criminal behavior; emphasis on a critical study of the criminal justice system and efforts to reform the penal system.

SOCA 234. The Criminal Justice System. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 101. A sociological introduction to the justice system. Focuses on analysis of police work, court activities, and correction within the context of American social organization and societal definitions of crime and justice.

SOCA 235. Race and Ethnic Relations. 3 Hours.

Racial and ethnic groups are examined in terms of their history, transformation over time, and the contemporary conditions and issues they face. Emphasis is on prejudice as well as systemic racism.

SOCA 250. Archaeology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Coreq: SOCA 258. Experiential activities to accompany SOCA 258 lecture material.

SOCA 252. Physical Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Fossil evidence for human evolution, racial variation, and relationship between biology and behavior.

SOCA 254. Cultural Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the history, methods, and current directions of cultural anthropology. Focus on living cultures across the world, encompassing the whole range of human activities. Consideration of identity, economy, politics, kinship, meaning, language, and inequality.

SOCA 258. Introduction to Archaeology. 3 Hours.

Comprehensive introduction to the field of archaeology. Course investigates the methods and theories used by archaeologists to understand culture change through time, and the reconstruction of the past through material culture analysis.

SOCA 259. The Craft of Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Orientation to the anthropological discipline. Focus on disciplinary ethics and building anthropological reading, writing, and research skills.

SOCA 293. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

SOCA 301. Sociological Theory. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 101 and SOCA 105 and (STAT 201 or STAT 211). Systematic analysis of major sociological theories viewed from the historical perspective and in terms of current research.

SOCA 302. Deviant Behavior. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101) or consent. Examination of the processes by which deviance is defined in society, and the methods of social control attempted. Provides a critical understanding of society from the perspective of those defined as outsiders-criminals, addicts, etc.

SOCA 303. Juvenile Delinquency. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101) or consent. Nature, extent, and causal explanation of forms of juvenile delinquency. The nature of juvenile courts, the correctional systems, and prevention programs. Emphasizes current issues.

SOCA 304. Complex Organizations. 3 Hours.

PR: 6 hours of SOCA or consent. The structure and functioning of large-scale, bureaucratic organizations, including studies of industrial organizations, prisons, hospitals, and government.

SOCA 311. Social Research Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 101 and (STAT 201 or STAT 211 or ECON 225). Logic of social research, elements of research design, and problems of measurement, with emphasis on survey research methodology and data analysis.

SOCA 318. Hate Crime. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101) or consent. Builds on basic knowledge in sociology to provide a detailed example of an emerging social problem, i.e., hate crime. Explores the ways social phenomena become social problems. Examines the causes and consequences of hate crime.

SOCA 319. Police Culture and Socialization. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Examines the institution of policing in the United States. Builds on basic sociological concepts to provide a sociological and historical perspective on the formal and informal structures and processes in the American system of policing.

SOCA 320. Social Psychology. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 101. Provides a basic but detailed knowledge of the tenets of sociological social psychology, with an emphasis on symbolic interaction. Focuses on how individual identity is formed through a social process.

SOCA 321. Punishment and Social Control. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Builds on basic sociological concepts to provide detailed knowledge about the use of prisons and incarceration among other forms of punishment and surveillance in contemporary society.

SOCA 322. Third World Development. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 222 or SOCA 240 or consent. Provides a macroscopic view of political and social change in the Third World and specific knowledge of Third World development for issues related to population, food, debt, health, education, environment, and human rights.

SOCA 323. Sociology of Rural Life. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 101 or consent. Social aspects of rural living. Characteristics of rural population, social structure, and institutional arrangements: family, community, education, religion, recreation, health, welfare, and local government.

SOCA 324. Gender and Crime. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Builds on basic sociological principles and concepts, and focuses on issues of social structure and process that are at the intersection of gender crime, and crime control.

SOCA 331. Sociology of Law. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101) or consent. Development and practice of law as part of social systems; theoretical treatments of the relationship between law and social order; emphasis on issues of class, race, and gender.

SOCA 333. Sociology of Work and Work Places. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 101 or consent. Explores the significance of work and work relations in contemporary society. Emphasis is given to the analysis of employment settings including industrial organizations.

SOCA 334. Corporate and White Collar Crime. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Examines law-breaking by respectable organizations and individuals engaged in professional economic activity. Studies sociocultural sources of such crime, consequences for victims, and public policy responses. Includes recent criminal cases, legal changes, and enforcement trends.

SOCA 337. Sociology of American Business. 3 Hours.

PR: 6 hours of SOCA or consent. The changing role of business and the debate over its social responsibilities are the major issues of the course. Corporate structures, ownership, governance, power, policy, crime, philanthropy, and work life are examined.

SOCA 339. Organized Crime. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Analyzes organized criminal groups in relation to the social structure, culture, and social psychology of societies. Topics include: history and leadership of crime groups; relations with government, business, and labor; enforcement policies; international crime groups.

SOCA 345. Terrorism. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). A sociological understanding of terrorism, including its causes, relations to social context, and trends. Emphasis is placed on major terrorist groups, selected cases, explanatory theories and policies of containment and prevention.

SOCA 346. Victimology. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Introduction to the sociological study of victimization, which includes an examination of risks and frequencies, perceptions and fears, and the social and psychological impact of crime, accident and illness on individuals and their societies.

SOCA 350. Latin American Culture. 3 Hours.

Ethnographic analyses of the peoples, culture, history, and politics of Latin America, and its relation to the global processes. Consideration of popular cultures, political violence and impacts of colonialism, neocolonialism and globalization.

SOCA 351. Traditional and Changing Africa. 3 Hours.

Surveys traditional social institutions found in hunting/ collecting, agricultural, and pastoral societies of sub-Saharan Africa. Labor migration, urbanization, agricultural cooperatives, and other consequences of colonial rule are considered.

SOCA 352. Historical Archaeology. 3 Hours.

Archaeology of European colonization and post-colonial material culture in North America since 1492. Course examines analytical techniques including documentary research, artifact analysis and field excavation while scrutinizing archeological interpretation and its connections to present constituencies.

SOCA 353. Anthropology of Religion. 3 Hours.

PR: 6 hours SOCA or consent. Symbolism, magic, ritual, shamanism, sorcery, and concepts of sin and salvation related to peasant and tribal cosmologies will be examined as causes of and remedies for suffering in traditional and modern contexts.

SOCA 354. Mesoamerican Archaeology. 3 Hours.

Overview of the diverse environments, social organizations, and lives of people in prehispanic cultures; from early food foragers through the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, and Aztec. Explores how we understand and apply the Mesoamerican past.

SOCA 355. Cultural Resource Management. 3 Hours.

Overview and evaluation of government-sponsored preservation and study of archaeological and historical resources in the U.S., emphasizing West Virginia. Considers attitudes/relationships between participants including descendant communities, looters, public and private sectors.

SOCA 356. Ethnographic Field Methods. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.) The distinctive craft of data gathering in cultural anthropology. Development of skills in field methods and participant observation.

SOCA 357. Archaeological Field School. 1-6 Hours.

(May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours if different field schools.) Practical experience with the recovery and scientific study of archaeological remains. Emphasizes site survey, excavation, and laboratory techniques.

SOCA 358. Anthropology of Health and Illness. 3 Hours.

PR: 6 hours SOCA or consent. Health and disease, diagnosis, and healing in cross-cultural perspective; analyses of social, cultural, political, and economic factors in modern and traditional medical systems.

SOCA 359. Anthropological Thought. 3 Hours.

Analyzes and critiques anthropology as a discipline through humanistic and scientific approaches drawn from archaeological, biological, linguistic, and cultural perspectives. Examines social and intellectual history, principal theories, methods, practices, and ethical questions at an advanced undergraduate level.

SOCA 360. Women and Men in Society. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 101 or WGST 170. Sociological study of gender stratification. Emphasis on social, structural, historical, cultural bases of gender relations. Structured around issues of theoretical debate and research interest concerning U.S. gender system. Includes cross-cultural and international comparisons.

SOCA 389. Writing in Sociology and Anthropology. 1 Hour.

Integration of context with writing about the important topics; must be taken concurrently with an approved writing content course. (For majors only; permit required.).

SOCA 393. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

SOCA 402. The Investigating Professions. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). An inside view of the investigative work and controversial social relations of trial attorneys and a variety of paid scientific experts who commonly evaluate and prepare legal cases.

SOCA 405. Class, Status, and Power. 3 Hours.

PR: Junior standing or consent. Sociological study of inequality within the U.S. with an emphasis on social class and socio-economic status; also highlights the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, place, age, ability, and poverty.

SOCA 407. Constructing Social Problems. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Focuses on the dynamics of defining social problems, with emphasis on claims makers, especially activist groups and mass media. Examines how power influences perceptions, how perceptions affect policies, and how problem definitions relate to social change.

SOCA 415. Mass Media, Crime and Deviance. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Critically examines how mass media and popular culture depict crime and deviance, and explores how these depictions influence social policies. Focuses especially on portrayals involving race, gender, class and ethnicity in particular historical contexts.

SOCA 417. Sociology of Globalization. 3 Hours.

Examines the social origins and implications of the growing interconnectedness of our world. Emphasis is given to economic, political, cultural, and environmental dimensions of globalization.

SOCA 431. Cybercrime. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Examines the legal, social, and technical impacts of illegal activities facilitated through the use of computers or other technology devices. Focus is on these activities as a criminological phenomenon.

SOCA 432. Drugs, Crime, and Society. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Examines the relationships between drugs and society from both micro and macro perspectives, including the effects of drug use and abuse in everyday life and government intervention efforts.

SOCA 433. Inside Out Prison Exchange. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101) and consent. Experiential program which brings together students and incarcerated men or women inside prison to exchange ideas about criminal justice processes, analyze a designated concern, and produce recommendations for improvement.

SOCA 435. Criminal Justice Process. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). A sociological introduction to the formal and informal processes in the American criminal justice system that affect the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, including the collection, analysis, and presentation of evidence.

SOCA 444. Neighborhoods and Crime. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). This course introduces students to the growing sociological literature on neighborhoods and crime, with an emphasis on issues related to the race/ethnicity and economic inequality.

SOCA 450. Archaeology of Ancient States. 3 Hours.

Using case studies such as ancient Sumer, Egypt, Indus, China, Mesoamerica, the Andes, and North America, this course surveys the theories and debunks the myths surrounding the emergence (and collapse) of cities and complex societies.

SOCA 455. Anthropological Theory. 3 Hours.

PR: 6 hours SOCA or consent. Theoretical landmarks in early and modern anthropology. Includes British functionalism, psychological anthropology, French structuralism, and twentieth-century evolutionism in the United States.

SOCA 457. Social Movements. 3 Hours.

Ethnographic approaches to the study of power, politics, and social change in the contemporary world. Focuses on past and present injustices, why ordinary people mobilize politically for change, and how to study these movements.

SOCA 458. Environmental Anthropology. 3 Hours.

Critical ethnographic analysis of environmental problems, activism, and potential solutions, including issues related to biodiversity conservation, sustainability, natural disasters, industrial contamination, environmental knowledge, risk perception, and nature/culture dynamics among Western and non-Western peoples.

SOCA 461. Issues in Crime and Justice. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). Senior seminar on crime and social organization of justice. Focus on problems of prevention, enforcement, corrections and institutional reform. Emphasis on recent research, emerging trends, and policy.

SOCA 463. Economy and Society. 3 Hours.

PR: 6 hours SOCA or consent. Examines the role that the economy as a social institution plays in the historical paradigms in sociology and modern social theory, as well as in organization and inequality models in sociology.

SOCA 464. Rural Criminology. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). The sociological study of crime and social control in rural communities. Focuses on theories and empirical research on rural and small-town crime, and implications for preventing and controlling crime in rural areas.

SOCA 470. Cities and Urban Life. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 232 and (SOCA 234 or CJ 101). This course introduces students to the scientific study of urban social activity and urban problems, including crime. The primary goals are to present the methods, theories, and key concepts of sociological perspectives on cities.

SOCA 481. Society and Health. 3 Hours.

Examines the social causes and consequences of health and illness, including the health care structure, as related to culture, norms and social institutions.

SOCA 488. The Capstone Experience. 3 Hours.

PR: SOCA 359 or (SOCA 301 and SOCA 311) and senior standing. Senior capstone seminar in which students articulate how sociologists, criminologists and/or anthropologists come to an understanding of the social world and the human condition, and the significance of that knowledge. Students conduct in-depth research projects under the guidance of the course instructor, oriented to course-specific substantive emphases and ways of engaging with theory and evidence.

SOCA 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

SOCA 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-12 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 12 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

SOCA 493. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

SOCA 494. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

SOCA 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

SOCA 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

SOCA 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.

SOCA 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study and research.


Faculty

Chair

  • Jeralynn S. Cossman - Ph.D. (Florida State University) Sociology
    Demography, Health, Inequalities

Professors

  • Walter S. DeKeseredy - Ph.D. (York University) Sociology
    Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences. Violence against women, Critical criminology, Masculinities and crime, Criminology theory
  • S. Melissa Latimer - Ph.D. (University of Kentucky) Sociology
    Gender/race/ethnicity, Inequality/labor markets/welfare systems
  • R. Gregory Dunaway - Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati) Sociology
    Dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lawrence T. Nichols - Ph.D. (Boston College) Sociology
    Criminology, Theory, Business
  • James Nolan, III - Ph.D. (Temple University) Sociology
    Criminal justice, Group and social processes
  • Rachael A. Woldoff - Ph.D. (Ohio State University) Sociology
    Community, Crime, Inequality/race/class

Associate professors

  • Corey Colyer - Ph.D. (Syracuse University) Sociology
    People processing systems, Agencies of social control
  • Amy Hirshman - Ph.D. (Michigan State University) Anthropology
    Mesoamerican archaeology, Social complexity, Ceramics
  • Daniel Renfrew - Ph.D. (Binghamton University) Anthropology
    Environmental and political anthropology, Social movements, Latin American cultures
  • Rachel Stein - Ph.D. (University of Akron) Sociology
    Criminology, Victimization, Media and crime
  • Karen Weiss - Ph.D. (SUNY-Stony Brook) Sociology
    Criminology, Victimization, Gender/sexuality/culture
  • Joshua Woods - Ph.D. (Michigan State University) Sociology
    Social psychology, Media, Complex organizations, Sociology of risk

Clinical associate professor

  • Jennifer Steele - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University) Rural Sociology
    Natural resource sociology, Rural and community development

Teaching associate professor

  • Adam Dasari - Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University) Sociology
    Social stratification, Globalization, Environmental sociology, Theory

Assistant professors

  • Katie E. Corcoran - Ph.D. (University of Washington) Sociology
    Theory, Organizations, Culture, Criminology, Religion, Social networks
  • Lisa M. Dilks - Ph.D. (University of South Carolina) Sociology
    Social psychology, Group processes, Law and society, Quantitative methods
  • Jason Manning - Ph.D. (University of Virginia) Sociology
    Conflict and social control, Violence, Sociology of knowledge
  • Christopher P. Scheitle - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University) Sociology
    Religion, Science in society, Crime, Organizations
  • Heather M. Washington - Ph.D. (Ohio State University) Sociology
    Community, Crime, Family, Inequality
  • Jesse Wozniak - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota) Sociology
    Policing, Criminology, Deviance, State power

Teaching assistant professors

  • Susanna Donaldson - Ph.D. (University of Iowa) Anthropology
    Anthropology of work, Identity, Appalachian cultures
  • Amanda Hall-Sanchez - Ph.D. (University of Hawaii at Manoa) Sociology
    Violences against women, Incarcerated individuals, Victimology, Deviance, Feminist theory & methodologies
  • Cheryl Johnson-Lyons - J.D. (West Virginia University)
    Law and society, Inequalities, Political sociology

Teaching instructors

  • Daniel Brewster - M.A. (West Virginia University) Communication Studies
  • Nancy Feather - M.S.W. (West Virginia University)
  • Douglas Sahady - M.A. (California University of Pennsylvania) Social Science
  • Genesis Snyder - M.A. (Western Michigan University) Anthropology

Professor emeritus

  • Ronald C. Althouse - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota) Sociology
    Theory, Work, Occupational safety and health

Associate professors emeriti

  • Ann L. Paterson - Ph.D. (Michigan State University) Sociology
  • Patricia C. Rice - M.A. (Ohio State University) Anthropology
  • Joseph J. Simoni - Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame) Sociology
  • William l. Torry - Ph.D. (Columbia University) Anthropology