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Department of

Sociology

Concentrations

C O M M U N I T Y,   U R B A N I Z A T I O N,   A N D   C U L T U R E  ( C U C )*  

With an emphasis on social change and social justice, this concentration examines community structures, processes, and problems, with a focus on urban environments in a globalizing world. Issues of immigration, racial, ethnic, and national diversity, inequality, spatial segregation, community activism and leadership, and schooling and public education are all addressed, along with the impact of popular culture. Students will learn to develop creative strategies to address the issues facing urban centers and communities today as global forces increasingly challenge our traditional notions of city and community. The concentration will be of particular interest to those students considering careers in city planning, human services/relations, or social welfare, as well as those contemplating graduate work or professional training in urban planning, public health, urban sociology, geography, and related fields.

SOCI 311 ‒ Popular Culture
SOCI 315 ‒ Environmental Inequality and Justice
SOCI 320 ‒ U.S. Society
SOCI 331D ‒ Race and Ethnic relations
SOCI 348 ‒ Juvenile Delinquency
SOCI 350 ‒ Social Institutions
SOCI 352 ‒ Sexuality and Borders
SOCI 353 ‒ Sociology of Families
SOCI 357 ‒ Inequality and Stratification
SOCI 363 ‒ Urban Sociology
SOCI 364 ‒ Work and Labor
SOCI 370 ‒Sociology of Education
SOCI 385 ‒ Health and Society
SOCI 400 ‒ Urban Planning
SOCI 455 ‒ Cities in a Global Context
SOCI 464 ‒ Community, Consensus, and Commitment
SOCI 494 ‒ Special Topics (approval of department chair required)


P O W E R   A N D   I N E Q U A L I T Y   I N   G L O B A L   P E R S P E C T I V E  ( P I G P )*

In this globally interconnected age of increasing diversity and widening disparities, power, difference, and inequality are at the heart of sociological inquiry. Focusing on the interweaving of structure and agency in comparative historical and global perspective, power and inequality are analyzed from a variety of theoretical vantage points, including that of historical political economy, with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Topics addressed include the global expansion of European capitalism and worldwide responses to this, as well as democracy, law, citizenship, and the role of organizations and social movements in social change. Transnational corporations and social movements, urbanization, sustainable development, the environment, and issues of war and peace are also addressed, with a particular emphasis on the Catholic social and intellectual tradition. This concentration will be of interest to those students interested in careers in social change, in the labor movement, public policy, human services/resources, or business, as well as for students interested in pursuing graduate work or careers in law, teaching, and related professional fields.

SOCI 315 ‒ Environmental Inequality and Justice
SOCI 320 ‒ U.S. Society
SOCI 331D ‒ Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 350 ‒ Social Institutions
SOCI 351 ‒ China in the 21st Century
SOCI 353 ‒ Sociology of Families
SOCI 357 ‒ Inequality and Stratification
SOCI 358 ‒ Political Sociology
SOCI 359D ‒ Gender through the Prism of Difference
SOCI 362 ‒ Social Change:  Global Perspectives
SOCI 364 ‒ Work and Labor
SOCI 369D ‒ Sexualities
SOCI 380 ‒ Social Movements
SOCI 385 ‒ Health and Society
SOCI 460 ‒ Immigration
SOCI 473 ‒ Rights, Justice, Law and Inequality
SOCI 494 ‒ Special Topics (approval of department chair required)

 

C R I M E,   J U S T I C E,   A N D   L A W   A N D   S O C I E T Y  ( C J L S )*

This concentration is for students who want to develop theoretical and empirical understandings of crime, the criminal justice system, and law. Through a sociological lens, courses in the concentration focus on the manifestations, causes, and consequences of criminal behavior and the mechanisms of justice, from street-level to white-collar crime. Courses also examine how society shapes our understanding of crime, the way individuals and society respond to crime, and changes in the context of globalization. This concentration will be of particular interest to those students considering careers in law, government, criminal justice, law enforcement, or social service, as well as those contemplating graduate work or professional training in related fields.

Note: All CJLS concentrating students must take two of the following upper division elective courses, as they are foundational to this concentration: 331D Race and Ethnic Relations; 347 Criminology; 349 Race and the Criminal Justice System; 355 Corrections; 357 Inequality and Stratification; 368 Social Deviance; 472 Law & Society; 473 Rights, Justice, Law & Inequality.

SOCI 315 ‒ Environmental Inequality and Justice
SOCI 331D ‒ Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 347 ‒ Criminology
SOCI 348 ‒ Juvenile Delinquency
SOCI 349 ‒ Race and the Criminal Justice System (formerly called SOCI 349 Social Control)
SOCI 352 ‒ Sexuality and Borders
SOCI 354 ‒ Drugs and U.S. Society
SOCI 355 ‒ Corrections
SOCI 357 ‒ Inequality and Stratification
SOCI 358 ‒ Political Sociology
SOCI 368 ‒ Social Deviance
SOCI 472 ‒ Law and Society
SOCI 473 ‒ Rights, Justice, Law and Inequality
SOCI 494 ‒ Special Topics (approval of department chair required)

POLI 321 or 322D ‒ (only one of these two courses may be applied to the major and the course will not apply to any concentration other than Crime, Justice, Law and Society)

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