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SOC 103 Introduction to Family Life 
An introduction to marriage and family life, focusing on the contemporary United States. 

SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 
A survey of sociological concerns, including explorations of social solidarity and social conflict at the macro and micro levels, through classic texts and field research. 

SOC 120 Social Structure 
The backbone of society is made by stratified layers of power. The large structures of social relations, based on race, class, gender, religion, and other factors, shape the lives of individuals, families, communities and whole nations. This course studies how society is structured by these social forces and how leadership groups work within the social structure to direct society as a whole. 

SOC 301 Field Methods 
(See ANT 301

SOC 302 Classics of Ethnography 
(See ANT 302)

SOC 303 Macrosociological Theory 
An examination of the major theoretical traditions and some classical theoretical texts of sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or ANT 110 or permission of the instructor. 

SOC 305 Research Methods 
(See ANT 305)

SOC 306 Microsociological Theory 
An examination of the major microsociological theories in sociology. These theoretical perspectives attempt to interpret and explain the social behaviors that arise in face-to-face settings. Prerequisite: SOC 11, ANT 110, or permission of the instructor.

SOC 307 Feminist Ethnography and Methodology 
(See ANT 307)

SOC 310 The Sociology of Family Life 
This course examines in some detail two important issues in family sociology as case studies. Students then use the model of these cases to pursue research projects in a workshop format. Cases for 2008: African-American marriage patterns and the falling birthrate in the industrial nations. Prerequisite: SOC 103 or permission of the instructor.

SOC 320 Race and Ethnicity
A study of the concept of “race” and the impact of that concept on the relations of ethnic groups. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or ANT 110 or permission of the instructor. 

SOC 341 Calvinism and Modern Culture
Calvinism, the Reformed Christian tradition that includes Presbyterianism, has had a pivotal role in shaping modern culture. The “Protestant work ethic” laid the foundations for modern capitalism. The “revolution of the saints” of the Puritans promoted a new idea of democratic citizenship. Reformed scientists sought to read the divine order in the “book of nature.” The Presbyterian mission to educate the laity led to the creation of many schools and colleges. This course explores the several ways in which the Reformed tradition shaped modern society, including a case study of the history of Centre College . Prerequisite: SOC 110 or ANT 110 or REL 120 or permission of the instructor. (also listed as REL 325.) 

SOC 344 Sociology of American Religion
A survey of the main religions and denominations found in the United States . The course examines the competition of denominations and religions in the “religious marketplace.” It further examine how a generalized Judeo-Christian or Biblical religious tradition, as well as the idea of the competition of all the “disestablished” religious institutions itself, becomes part of a broad American civil religion. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or ANT 110 or REL 120 or permission of the instructor. 

SOC 350 Criminology 
This course provides an introduction to the field of criminology. The course includes material on sociological theories of crime, research methods used to study crime, and empirical research on the predictors of crime and criminal behavior. Additional course topics include criminal law, the distribution of crime, explanations for criminal behavior, and selected types of crime (e.g., robbery, assault, homicide, white-collar). Prerequisite: SOC 110 or ANT 110 or permission of the instructor. 

SOC 351 Sociology of Law 
An examination of the theoretical approaches to understanding law-in-society and a review of the empirical research on the relationship between law and society, including research on juries, criminal justice (e.g., police, courts, prisons), civil justice, and social change. Prerequisite: ANT 110 or SOC 110 or permission of the instructor. 

SOC 360 Social Psychology 
A study of individuals in their social and cultural settings. Emphasis is placed on empirical research into the social factors involved in perceptual-cognitive processes, attitude organization and change, intergroup relations, group productivity, the socializing process, and the effects of culture on personality. Students perform laboratory and field experiments designed to investigate basic processes of social psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or senior standing and permission of the instructor. PSY 210 and 220 are recommended. (Also listed as PSY 360.) 

SOC 380 Death and Dying 
A sociological overview of death and dying. Topics include definitions of death, social epidemiology, the demographics of health and mortality, the social meaning of death and dying, and survivors' experiences with grief and bereavement. Prerequisite: ANT 110 or SOC 110 or permission of the instructor. 

SOC 500 Advanced Seminar 
(See ANT 500)
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