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SOCY100
Introduction to Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change.
SOCY105
Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
An examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives; ways in which social problems are part of the organization of society; a detailed study of selected social problems including social conflict and social inequality.
SOCY105H
Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
An examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives; ways in which social problems are part of the organization of society; a detailed study of selected social problems including social conflict and social inequality.
SOCY110
The Logic of Social Inquiry: An Introduction to Sociology and the Major
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Additional information: To be taken prior to, or in the first 30 credits after declaring sociology as a major.
Introduction to the logic of social science research; the integration of theory and methods in the development of sociological knowledge; basic sociological concepts; and departmental research streams. Required of all sociology majors.
SOCY120
Veterans in American Society: What does America Owe Its Veterans?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
An examination of current and past policies toward compensation for military veterans, data and evidence on current and past adjustments to life after military service, historical variations in the mechanisms for staffing the military, and trends in the contours of the lives of those who do not serve.
SOCY200
Human Societies
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
A comparative, historical, interdisciplinary study of human socieities that focuses on the main components of human societies, how they are organized, how they change, and how they come to shape our collective social existence.
SOCY201
(Perm Req)
Introductory Statistics for Sociology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Prerequisite: SOCY100; and (MATH107 or MATH111). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics. Construction and percentaging of bivariate contingency tables; frequency distributions and graphic presentations; measures of central tendency and dispersion; parametric and nonparametric measures of association and correlation; regression; probability; hypothesis testing; the normal, binomial and chi-square distributions; point and interval estimates.
SOCY202
Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: SOCY201.
The underlying logic, major strategies, specific techniques and skills of sociological research. Research design, measurement, data collection, sampling, field research experiments, surveys, index and scale construction, data analysis, interpretation and report writing.
SOCY203
Sociological Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY100.
Development of the science of sociology; historical backgrounds; recent theories of society. Required of all sociology majors.
Required for all SOCY majors.
SOCY224
Why are We Still Talking About Race?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Exploration of the major debates and assumptions that construct individual perceptions of what race is and how race matters. Sociological and sub-cultural theories will give students a historical and present day frame with which to view race and ethnic relations in the twenty first century.
SOCY227
Introduction to the Study of Deviance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: SOCY227 or SOCY327.
Formerly: SOCY327.
An introduction to the sociological study of deviant behavior, covering such topics as mental illness, sexual deviance, and the use of drugs.
SOCY230
Sociological Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Theoretical perspectives and their applications. Socialization through the life course, the self-concept, attitudes, emotion, attribution, interpersonal relations, group processes, deviance, and social change.
SOCY243
Family and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: SOCY243 or SOCY443.
Formerly: SOCY443.
An exploration of empirical patterns and trends, political and cultural debates, and policy issues including the major theories and research methods used in the sociological study of the family.
SOCY298D
Selected Topics in Sociology; African-American Health Disparities and Social Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP298D. Credit granted for SOCY298D or AASP298D.
SOCY325
The Sociology of Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses.
Also offered as: WMST325.
Credit only granted for: SOCY325 or WMST325.
Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.
SOCY335
Sociology of Health and Illness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
An exploration of the social model to studying health and illness: how meanings and experiences of health and illness are socially produced. How experiences are shaped by the interaction of external social environments (culture, community) and the internal environment (human body), and by socio-demographic variables (race, class, gender, etc.). Disparities in health and healthcare delivery, medicalization of society, determinants of health, social construction of illness, and the social organization of health care.
SOCY370
Transition from Undergrad to Professional
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prepares Sociology majors to make the transition from undergraduate to entering graduate school and/or the professional work world. Topics include career options in Sociology, skills for conducting a job search, resume writing and interview preparation, and the graduate application process.
SOCY380
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Reading in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Formerly: SOCY378.
This course permits sociology honor students to undertake a program or reading on a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein. The reading will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. Required of sociology honor students.
SOCY381
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Research in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY380.
Formerly: SOCY388.
This course permits sociology students to define a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein and to develop a research plan for use as a thesis topic. The work will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY383
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY381.
Formerly: SOCY389.
Student research under the direction of a member of the sociology faculty, culminating in the presentation and defense of a thesis reporting the research.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department; and junior standing or higher.
To register, students must have departmental permission form signed by instructor and by Coordinator of Sociology Undergraduate Program.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY398G
Special Topics in Sociology; Global Migration and the Israeli Case Study
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ISRL343. Credit granted for ISRL349K, GVPT368G, SOCY398G, SOCY398I, or ISRL343.

Over 70% of Israel's population is made of first, second or third generation immigrants, who came from over 70 countries, making Israel an ultimate immigrant society. This course will focus on the history of Israel as a case study for the understanding of the historical phenomena of modern immigration.
SOCY398L
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Sociology; Service Learning
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY398Q
Special Topics in Sociology; The Holy City and the Holy Mountain: a Sociological look at the Old City of Jerusalem and the Tempe Mount
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An exploration of Jerusalem's Old City as the home of multiple holy places and of 20,000 people of varied and ancient communities through archaeology, religion, geography, politics, and, especially using sociological tools, as well as an examination of current conflicts.

Also offered as ISRL448Q. Credit granted for ISRL448Q or SOCY398Q.
SOCY398V
Special Topics in Sociology; Theories of Nation Building: Israel as a Case Study
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ISRL349J. Credit only granted for ISRL349J or SOCY398V.

Since Israel was established in 1948, the education system has played a major role in developing the Israeli identity. We will examine dominant discourses and debates pertaining to Israeli culture identity, such as the centrality of the Holocaust, security issues, minorities, religious education, role of literature in national narrative, the role of politics in citizenship education and contemporary debates over History education.
SOCY398Y
Special Topics in Sociology; Issues in African Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP398D, GEOG398A, and GVPT359F. Credit granted for SOCY398Y, AASP398D, GEOG398A, or GVPT359F.
SOCY399
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Sociology
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
No more than 6 hours of 399 is allowed for credit.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY401
Intermediate Statistics for Sociologists
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.
This is a course about multiple regression for undergraduate students and presumes that students taking this course will be both producers and consumers of multiple regression results. Students will work with the instructor to produce a research poster presentation based on secondary social science data. In addition to multivariable statistics, students will learn some statistical programming as well as how to organize a research presentation.
SOCY405
Scarcity and Modern Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Credit only granted for: SOCY305 or SOCY405.
Formerly: SOCY305.
Resource depletion and the deterioration of the environment. Relationship to lifestyles, individual consumer choices, cultural values, and institutional failures. Projection of the future course of American society on the basis of the analysis of scarcity, theories of social change, current trends, social movements, government actions, and the futurist literature.
SOCY410
Social Demography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Types of demographic analysis; demographic data; population characteristics; migration; mortality; fertility; population theories; world population growth; population policy.
SOCY411
Demographic Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: (SOCY201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department); and SOCY410. Or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Basic techniques for analyzing population structure and demographic processes, including fertility, mortality and migration.
SOCY412
Family Demography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Formerly: SOCY312.
Family and population dynamics. Fertility issues, such as teenage pregnancy, the timing of parenthood, and family size; as they relate to family behavior, such as marital patterns, child care use, and work and the family. Policy issues that relate to demographic changes in the family.
SOCY413
Sociology of Aging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 2 courses in SOCY.
Credit only granted for: SOCY498D or SOCY413.
Formerly: SOCY498D.
The aging of the population is one of the major demographic changes affecting social institutions during the next century. Research demography, sociology, economics, epidemiology, psychology and public health are integrated to develop a broader understanding of the causes and consequences of population aging. A central focus is the diversity of experiences by age, gender, socioeconomic status and health.
SOCY415
Environmental Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Credit only granted for: SOCY498E or SOCY415.
Formerly: SOCY498E.
Overview of the field and theoretical themes within the area of environmental sociology and technology. Current issues are explored including: environmental attitudes; environmental movements; environmental justice; globalization; global climate change; and garbage and food.
SOCY431
Principles of Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Structural and processual characteristics of organizations that make them effective for different purposes and in different environments. Effects of different institutional environments, small group processes, organizational networks, and leadership. Types of organizations studied include formal bureaucracies, professional organizations, and voluntary associations.
SOCY432
Social Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Movements that seek change in the social and political structure of society. Origins, tactics, organization, recruitment, and success. Case studies come from such movements as labor, civil rights, student, feminist, environmental, neighborhood, and gay rights.
SOCY435
Society, Biology, and Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
"It is not too far-fetched to speak of the pancreas under capitalism or the proletarian lung."Humans are social beings in physical bodies. In this course, we draw on research studies, podcasts, news articles, and best-selling non-fiction to inform conversation and writing on how various dimensions of human biology influence, and are influenced by, our social and cultural environment. We focus on conceptualizing human behavior as an interplay between both nature and nurture, and consider how this approach changes our understanding of modern social problems. This course is appropriate for students with a range of backgrounds in the social and natural sciences; introductory-level supplemental readings on all necessary biological concepts will be provided.
SOCY441
Social Stratification and Inequality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The sociological study of social class, status, and power. Topics include theories of stratification, correlates of social position, functions and dysfunctions of social inequality, status inconsistency, and social mobility.
SOCY442
The Black Middle Class
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Credit only granted for: SOCY498T or SOCY442.
Formerly: SOCY498T.
Students will learn about the Black Middle Class. They will examine and explore the historical context that led to the rise of a Black Middle Class. Innovative avenues into the Black Middle Class will also be examined, including various household and family formations. Finally, the course will cover the consequences of being in the The Black Middle Class, with an emphasis on residential segregation and racial identity.
SOCY448
Research in Social Psychology; GROUP PROCESSES
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY481
Ideology and Social Conditions in the Making of Terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
The sociology of terrorism and political violence in the Middle East and North African will be explored in this course.
SOCY498C
Selected Topics in Sociology; Sociology of Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY602
Statistics For Sociological Research II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY601; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: SOCY602 or SURV602.
This course introduces regression analysis using matrix algebra. Topics include bivariate regression, multivariate regression, tests of significance, regression diagnostics, indicator variables, interaction terms, extra sum of squares, and the general linear model. Other topics may be addressed such as logistic regression and path analysis. Statistical programming software may be used.
SOCY605
Experimental Methods in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: SOCY601.
Experimental methodologies will be explored at the graduate course level in Sociology.
SOCY626
Demography of Aging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Examines the demographic foundations of population aging, focusing on macro and historical patterns as well as on trends in mortality health and disability. Also examines the relationship between aging and social institutions such as the family, the economy and public policy.
SOCY633
Qualitative Research Methods II, Field Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: SOCY632; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
As the second course in the qualitative methods sequence, students are expected to have a general knowledge of qualitative methods. Students should have already learned how to collect and analyze qualitative data using interview and ethnographic methods. Student will spend this semester collecting and analyzing qualitative data and must begin the course with a formulated research question, a plan for data collection and sampling. Each student will spend the first two weeks preparing a proposal for submission the the University of Maryland's Institutional Review Board to gain Human Subjects approval to collect data. Then, students will spend a month collecting data, a month analyzing data using QSR NVivo, which will be taught as part of the coursework, and writing up the findings. The end product of the course will be an empirical paper based on the data collected and analyzed throughout the semester.
SOCY653
Family Demography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Demograpic perspective on family and household relationships; relationships among economic institutions, family structure, and the content of family life; research from contemporary U.S., historical and cross-cultural sources.
SOCY655
Social Movements and Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Racial/ethnic minority movements in the US will be investigated, including protest movements by African Americans, Mexican Americans, Arab Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Puerto Ricans. We will pay special attention to understanding these movements through the lens of social movement theory and sensitizing concepts (e.g., political process theory, framing, political opportunity structure, repression, collective identity). We will also interrogate ways that movement processes and theoretical tools may be racially invariant and strive to uncover how approaches used by scholars who study race (e.g., intersectionality, critical race theory, racialization) can be applied and perhaps challenge social movement scholarship.
SOCY660
Theories of Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed an undergraduate training in sociological research methods, statistics, and theory; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
An introduction to some of the theories in social psychology that are particularly useful to sociologists. Topics to be covered include theories of cognitive consistency, social exchange, symbolic interaction, role theory, group processes, and collective behavior.
SOCY665
Gender Stratification
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Feminist theory, methodology, and research on the social construction of gender and sexuality and the social stratification of groups assigned to these categories, and their interaction with race, class, and other dimensions of stratification.
SOCY682
Critical Race Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the latest theory and research in Critical Race Theory.
SOCY699
Special Social Problems
Credits: 1 - 16
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY699E
(Perm Req)
Special Social Problems; Critical Race Initiative
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Permission of instructor required.Please contact instructor or department for details.
SOCY699L
Special Social Problems; Power, Ideological Production and Social Transformation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699M
Special Social Problems; Proseminar
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699N
Special Social Problems; Intermediate Sociological Statistics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY699V
Special Social Problems; Contexting Sociology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Restricted to Sociology graduate students.
SOCY699W
Special Social Problems; Combined Master's Research Paper
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY701
Issues in the Integration of Theory and Method
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: Must have attained advanced status in the sociology Ph.D. program; or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: SOCY699Y or SOCY701.
Formerly: SOCY699Y.
The course is intended solely for advanced doctoral sociology students. The main objective of the course is to develop a dissertation proposal. Consequently, this course may only be taken during or after the semester in which the student completes the specialty (comprehensive) exams.
SOCY799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY819
Research Seminar in Social Psychology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY829
Research Seminar in Sociological Theory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY849
Research Seminar in Demography
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY858
Research Seminar in Gender, Work and Family
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY869
Research Seminar in Military Sociology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY889
Research Seminar in Social Stratification
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SOCY899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.