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Anthropology and Sociology Courses

Below you'll find descriptions of all the undergraduate Sociology courses we offer. Learn more about our degree's course learning objectives. For more information, refer to the Purdue Fort Wayne Undergraduate Catalog.

ANTH 10005 - Anthropology and Sociology Student Success Seminar

Provides new Anthropology and Sociology majors with an understanding of their major, the resources available to help them along their path to receiving their degree, and ways to apply that degree and the skills they have learnt to pursuing various professional and career trajectories. Students will also learn about specific resources and opportunities to be successful at Purdue and in the world of work and post-graduate education. Required for all students who have declared Anthropology or Sociology as their primary major within the past year. May be taken by Anthropology and Sociology minors with instructor’s approval. Typically offered in the Fall Semester.

This course is required of all students declaring Sociology as their primary major after Spring 2020.

Cr. 1.

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SOC 16101 - Principles of Sociology

Nature of interpersonal relationships, societies, groups, communities, and institutional areas such as the family, politics, education, the economy, and religion. Includes social process operating within these areas; significance for problems of social change, and social stratification.

Cr. 3., Indiana Core Transfer Library course.
Meets the following learning objectives: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6
Meets General Education requirement B5

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SOC 16300 - Social Problems

Nature of interpersonal relationships, societies, groups, communities, and institutional areas such as the family, politics, education, the economy, and religion. Includes social process operating within these areas; significance for problems of social change, and social stratification.

Cr. 3., Indiana Core Transfer Library course.
Meets the following learning objectives: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6
Meets General Education requirement B5

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SOC 20900 - Community and the Built Environment

Examines the built environment as both an expression and shaper of human culture, historically and in contemporary society. Lays out criteria for an organized community and examines how the built environment contributes to or inhibits community development. Explores social and environmental sustainability as it relates to community development.

Cr. 3.
Meets the following learning objectives: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5a, and 2.6
Meets General Education requirement B7

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SOC 21100 - Topics in Social Organization

Specific topics to be announced, e.g., social stratification, formal organizations, urban social organization, education, religion, politics, demography, social power, social conflict, social change, comparative social systems, race and ethnic relations, rural sociology, urban sociology, and work reorganization. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title

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SOC 22100 - Topics in Deviance

Specific topics to be announce, e.g., crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, corrections, mental illness, sexual deviance, drug use, and violence. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title.
Meets the following learning objectives: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2

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SOC 22500 - Violence

Considers violence in society: its origins, forms, and consequences. Emphasis on describing the social forces that create patterns of violence in societies throughout the world. Forms examined include interpersonal, institutional and structural violence. Purpose of the course is to help the student better understand the role played by violence in modern society.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 23000 - Society and the Individual

Personality and its development; relationship to culture and communication and to social settings; deviant types.

Cr. 3.
Meets the following learning objectives: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6

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SOC 29500 - Selected Topics in Sociology

Specific topics to be announced, e.g., Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Sociological Practice in the Community. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title

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SOC 30000 - Race and Ethnic Relations

Detailed examination of relations between and among racial and ethic groups; sociological theories of prejudice and discrimination; comparative analysis of diverse systems of intergroup relations.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 31201 - Education and Society

The role of educational institutions in modern industrialized societies, with emphasis on the functions of such institutions for the selection, socialization, and certification of individuals for adult social roles. Also covers recent educational reform movements and the implications of current social policies on education.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 31300 - Religion and Society

Consider the functions and dysfunctions of religion generally, its economic and cultural patterns, religious group evolutions (cults, churches, sects, denominations), leadership deviance, and conversion/faith maintenance.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 31401 - Social Aspects of Health and Medicine

Group characteristics in the causation, amelioration, and prevention of mental and physical illness, and the social influences in medical education, medical practice, and hospital administration.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.
Meets General Education requirement B7

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SOC 31601 - The Family

Cross-cultural perspectives on family systems; structure and process of the conjugal family in modern and emerging societies. Focus on relationships of the family to other subsystems of the larger society and on interaction within the family in connection with these interrelationships. Emphasis on development of systematic theory.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 31701 - Social Stratification

Nature, functioning, and maintenance of systems of social stratification in local communities and societies. Correlates and consequences of social class position and vertical mobility.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.
Meets General Education requirement B5

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SOC 32001 - Deviant Behavior and Social Control

Analysis of deviance in relation to formal and informal social processes. Emphasis on deviance and respectability as functions of social reactions, characteristics of rules, and power and conflict.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 32501 - Criminology

A study of the patterns of crime, strategies for control, and theories of crime causation.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.
Meets General Education requirement B5

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SOC 33001 - Sociological Social Psychology

Examines the reciprocal link between the individual and the larger society. Topics covered include self-concept and its development, deviant types, status, power, exchange, justice issues, human motivation, attribution, equity.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 33300 - Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Considers various types of non-institutionalized collective behaviors (such as rumors, urban legends, panics, riots) in past and modern American history as well as theories and cases of the “why” and “how” of social movements, counter-movements, and revolutions.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 34001 - Social Theory

Sociological theory, with focus on content, form, and historical development. Relationships among theories, data, and sociological explanation.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.
Meets the following learning objectives: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6

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SOC 35100 - Social Statistics

Introduction to statistics including measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, regression, correlation, analysis of variance, and cross tabulation.

P: SOC 16101; either STAT 12500, MA 14900, MA 15100, or MA 15300 or placement at a higher level of mathematics; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3., typically offered in the Spring.
Meets the following learning objectives: 2.3, 2.4, 2.5a

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SOC 35202 - Methods of Social Research

Introduction to methods of sociological research. Topics covered include qualitative and quantitative research methods, research design and implementation, experiments, survey research techniques, field research techniques, data collection, data analysis, and the ethical concerns of social research.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.
Meets the following learning objectives: 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2

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SOC 36000 - Topics in Social Policy

Specific topics to be announced, e.g., environmental affairs, urban problems, poverty, population problems. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title
Meets General Education requirement B5

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SOC 39800 - Internship in Sociology

Students are placed in an organization or agency to receive experience in an applied sociology setting. Work is supervised by a sociology faculty member and the organization/agency. Research and written reports are required. Evaluations by the organization/agency and faculty member.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 40201 - The Empire of the United States of America

The course focuses on the history of the Empire of the United States of America from its founding with the second republic to modern times. The course also describes the nature of the economic, military, political, and cultural linkages within the empire. The course also focuses on the impact of empire on class and ethnic relations in the imperial center and periphery.

P: SOC 16101; permission of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 41000 - Advanced Topics in Social Organization

An advanced course in social organizations, allowing for a more thorough coverage of selected topics, e.g. social stratification, formal organizations, urban social organization, education, religion, politics, demographics, social power, social conflict, social change, comparative social systems, race and ethnic relations, rural sociology, urban sociology, and work reorganization. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title. Approved by Arts and Sciences for use in fulfilling the Cultural Studies (Non-Western Culture) requirement only when the topic is Culture of China.

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SOC 41300 - Sex Inequality in Society

Major theories of gender inequality; historical and cross-cultural variations in systems of gender inequality; social economic, political and cultural processes perpetuating gender inequality in U.S. society; interrelationships between racial, class and sex inequality; strategies for social change.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301 or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 42001 - Advanced Topics in Deviance

An advanced course in deviance, allowing for a more thorough coverage of selected topics, e.g., crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, corrections, mental illness, sexual deviance, drug use, and violence. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title

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SOC 42100 - Juvenile Delinquency

A study of social and psychological factors influencing individual delinquent behavior patterns. Emphasis on preventive and rehabilitative programs and the role of community agencies such as social service agencies, juvenile courts, and youth authorities. Visits to selected organizations and institutions. Typically offered Fall Spring.

P: SOC 16101; ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3.

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SOC 43001 - Environmental Sociology

This course introduces students to diverse sociological understandings of how social organizations impact environments, and how environments impact social environments. Topics covered include how interest groups mobilize resources to pursue an agenda of societal protection or restoration, how demographics, belief systems and patterns of social organization break down or pollute the environment, environmental racism, North South tensions over population and consumption, development and limits to growth. Globalization and social change toward sustainability will be explored in relation to planetary boundaries.

P: SOC 16101 or 10900 and ENGL 23301 or permission of instructor.

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SOC 44100 - Topics in Social Theory

Specific topics to be announced, e.g., structuralism, evolutionary theory, symbolic interaction theory, symbolic interaction theory, functionalism, social action theory, exchange theory, history and development of social theory, sociology of knowledge. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

P: SOC 16101; either ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title

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SOC 45001 - Topics in Methods and Measurement

Specific topics to be announced, e.g., scaling, logic of inquiry, model construction and formalization, research design, data collection, sampling, measurement, statistical analysis. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

P: SOC 16101; either ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title

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SOC 47000 - Senior Seminar

Capstone seminar in sociology; integrates knowledge on theory and practice from previous sociology courses, with emphasis on historical, contemporary, and future issues in sociology.

P: SOC 16101, and nine credit hours of upper-division sociology coursework; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 3., Variable Title.
Meets the following learning objectives: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2

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SOC 49400 - Field Experience In Sociology

Faculty-directed study of aspects of sociology based on field experience in conjunction with directed readings and report writings. Students are trained in using their sociology understanding and skills in working at diagnosing and developing research projects and/or social change interventions for social organizations in the community.

P: SOC 16101 and nine credit hours of upper-division sociology coursework; or permission of instructor.

Cr. 1-6.

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SOC 49500 - Individual Readings in Sociology

Individualized approach to selected topics through the use of guided readings, research and critical evaluation. Prior arrangement required; conducted under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. May be repeated; however, only six hours may be applied to the requirements of the sociology major or minor.

P: SOC 16101; either ENGL 23301; or consent of instructor.

Cr. 1-3., Variable Title

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