Sociology Course Descriptions

You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
~H.G. Wells

Sociologists study a wide variety of human behaviors, institutions and practices. We here at Concord, provide students with a variety of courses that introduce them to the breadth of study in sociology. In addition to core required courses in methods, theory and social problems, we also provide many elective courses that focus on important institutions or areas of study. Below you will find the academic catalog descriptions of the courses we offer, the semester that we generally offer the course in and information about credits earned and prerequisites. Please also note that we occasionally offer special topic classes under the SOC 350 course number. 

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3 Credits

A course reflecting the basic concerns of sociology and designed to fulfill the General Studies requirements for non-majors and for teacher certification.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring

SOC 201 Social Problems
3 Credits

An examination of issues of timely importance to Americans generally, and to West Virginians in particular, emphasizing sociological explanations of underlying social factors.

Term Offered: Fall

SOC 207 Social Inequality and the Media
3 Credits

Offers a sociological perspective on significant dimensions of social stratification, including race, class, gender and sexual orientation, through analysis of various forms of mass media.

SOC 210 Deviant Behavior
3 Credits

A study of deviance as social process. Considers historical and cross-cultural variation in definitions of deviance; the process of labeling deviant behavior; and the development and management of deviant identities.

Term Offered: Spring

SOC 220 Sociology of Gender
3 Credits

An examination of gender as a cultural construction and an organizing principle of social structure. Topics covered include representations of gender in popular culture; gender socialization and the development of gender identity; and the gendered organization of various social institutions.

Term Offered: Spring
Note: Sociology students may also fulfill this requirement through GEOG 321, Advanced Cultural Geography.

SOC 230 Sociology of Law
3 Credits

This course explores the complex relationships between the legal system and the everyday social world while also exploring the importance of authority, power and identity. It provides students with tools and knowledge to critically analyze and better understand their social environment and everyday notions of legal authority and experience.

Term Offered: Fall

SOC 301 Sociology of Families
3 Credits

A study of the forms of family organization and structure; processes of courtship and relationship development; the contemporary role of families in society; parenthood; family crisis; family in transition.

Term Offered: Fall

SOC 303 Criminology
3 Credits

A study of the nature and formation of criminal behavior, societal values and structure, personality and community factors in crime; types of criminality; criminal law and procedure.

Term Offered: Spring

SOC 307 Social Psychology
3 Credits

An examination of the dynamics of people interacting with one another in American culture. Emphasis is on everyday occurrences and the interrelationship of individuals, groups, and society as a whole.

SOC 310 Cultural Anthropology
3 Credits

A systematic survey of the customs, organizations and modes of life of humankind based on a scientific explanation of the way of culture.

SOC 320 Popular Culture
3 Credits

Examines elements of contemporary American culture such as icons, heroes, myths, and rituals, which reflect the ideas, beliefs, and values of the culture.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of contemporary technologies, such as gaming, social networking and the Internet.

Term Offered: Spring
Note: Cross-listed with GEOG 460, Special Topics in Geography: The Geography of Popular Culture

SOC 330 Minority Group Relations
3 Credits

A study of the nature and dynamics of social groups focusing on the socio-historical factors contributing to the existence and maintenance of minorities. The interlocking nature of oppression due to the manifestation of prejudice and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, age, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are stressed throughout the course.

SOC 350 Special Topics in Sociology
1-3 Credits

Prerequisites: To be specified by instructor.

Courses on various topics in sociology. Topics of study will be indicated on student's transcript. May be taken for credit repeatedly.

SOC 398 Qualitative Methods in Sociological Research
3 Credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of the instructor

This course provides an introduction to qualitative research methods.  The course covers the basic procedures of participant observation and interviewing, the concepts underlying qualitative analysis, and the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues that arise while conducting qualitative social research.

Term Offered: Spring

Lori Pace Teaching Sociology Class

SOC 399 Quantitative Methods in Sociological Research
3 Credits

Prerequisites: MATH 105 (or PSY 212) and Junior standing or consent of the instructor

Examines quantitative methods of investigation and research in the social sciences; how to organize a project; use of documentary materials, data collection, including survey and polling techniques; data analysis, organization, and presentation of findings.

Term Offered: Fall

SOC 406 Sociological Theory
3 Credits

Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of the instructor

An analysis of contributions to sociological theory dating from the late 1800's; special emphasis given to major school and theorists.

Term Offered: Spring

SOC 450 Seminar in Sociology
3 Credits

Practical experience in applied sociology.

SOC 460 Sociology Internship
3-12 Credits

Prerequisites: Minimum of 12 hours of course work completed in the discipline and consent of instructor.

The supervised internship provides students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations in an appropriate private, government or non-profit setting.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring

SOC 470 Independent Study
3 Credits

Prerequisites: Minimum of 15 hours of course work completed in the discipline and consent of instructor and division chairperson.

Application must be made and approved by a committee before the student can register for the independent study. Applications may be picked up from sociology faculty.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring

SOC 471 Independent Study
3 Credits

Prerequisites: Minimum of 15 hours of course work completed in the discipline and consent of instructor and division chairperson.

Application must be made and approved by a committee before the student can register for the independent study. Applications may be picked up from sociology faculty.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring

SOC 480 Honors Courses
3 Credits

Juniors and seniors who qualify for Honors Courses are offered the opportunity to study with individual members of the faculty. This is specialized study apart from conventional classroom work. Interested students should contact the sociology faculty for further information.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring

SOC 481 Honors Courses
3 Credits

Juniors and seniors who qualify for Honors Courses are offered the opportunity to study with individual members of the faculty. This is specialized study apart from conventional classroom work. Interested students should contact the sociology faculty for further information.

Term Offered: Fall, Spring