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NOTE: Many changes were made to the Sociology Course Offerings listed in the 2014-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin. To assist you with all these changes a complete listing of the new course designations, as well as the old course numbering, is available in pdf form at this link: New Courses/Old Numbering OR ReverseLookup--OldCourses/NewNumbers


S O C I A L   J U S T I C E   ( S  J )* 

Power, difference, and inequality are at the heart of sociological inquiry. The Social Justice concentration focuses on social structures that serve as mechanisms for the creation and perpetuation of social disparities, while also studying the many ways that groups and organizations seek to create a more socially just world. We interrogate the complicated ways that human behavior is shaped by both structure and agency through a variety of theoretical vantage points with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender, and sexuality. Courses address systemic inequalities both in U.S. domestic arenas as well as global and transnational dynamics, including issues of peace and war. Topics include education, democracy, citizenship, families, religion, global capitalism, urbanism, the environment and sustainable development, among others. We look at the role of social movements and community organizations in effecting social change. This concentration will be of interest to students planning careers in leadership, the non-profit sector, the labor movement, educational policy, human services/resources, public health, public administration, and business, as well as students pursuing graduate work or careers in law, education, public policy and related professional fields.

Social Justice Concentration Electives

SOCI 310 U.S. Society 3
SOCI 311 Sociology of Families 3
SOCI 312D Gender Through the Prism of Difference 3
SOCI 313D Sexualities 3
SOCI 314 Sociology of Education 3
SOCI 315 Health and Society 3
SOCI 410 Social Change: Global Perspectives 3
SOCI 411 Work and Labor 3
SOCI 412 Community, Consensus, and Commitment 3
SOCI 494 Special Topics in Contemporary Sociology 3

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

The Law, Crime, Justice Concentration offers students a critical analysis of the relationship between law and society with a particular focus on legal institutions, public policy, crime, the criminal justice system and the production of social inequality. Courses in the concentration seek to reveal the origins and consequences of law by examining the various ways that law both shapes and is shaped by social and political forces. Various topics in the concentration include: the manifestations, causes, and consequences of criminal behavior; the relationship between law, social power, and persistent social inequalities; and the contested meanings of justice, rights and equality as they exist both inside and outside legal institutions.

Law, Crime, Justice Concentration Electives

SOCI 340 Urban Sociology 3
SOCI 341 Criminology 3
SOCI 342 Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOCI 343 Corrections 3
SOCI 344 Social Deviance 3
SOCI 345 Theories of Crime 3
SOCI 346 Rights, Justice, Law and Social Change 3
SOCI 440 Race and the Criminal Justice System 3
SOCI 472 Criminalizing Immigration 3
SOCI 494 Special Topics in Contemporary Sociology 3


Additional Electives for EITHER concentration:

Consult with your major advisor to determine which of the following electives would best suit your educational/career goals.

  • SOCI 371 Inequality and Social Change 3
    SOCI 372 Politics and Society 3
    SOCI 373 Social Institutions 3
    SOCI 374 Social Movements 3
    SOCI 470 Sexuality and Borders 3
    SOCI 471 Environmental Inequality and Justice 3
    SOCI 472 Criminalizing Immigration 3
    SOCI 493 Field Experience in Sociology 1-3
    SOCI 498 Internship in Sociology 3
    SOCI 494 Special Topics in Contemporary Sociology 3
    SOCI 499 Independent Study (approval of instructor and department chair is required for registration) 1-3



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