Course Descriptions (continued)

SOCI 340 Sociology of Work
An investigation of the varieties of work and its role in people’s lives. Students examine how gender, social class and historical forces influence entrance into various occupations as well as the timing and sequencing of work and career-related events. In addition, students address issues such as sexual harassment, unsafe working conditions, and worker satisfaction.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology.

SOCI 342 People and Organizations

An investigative analysis of large organizations. Emphasis is placed on the values, beliefs, and behaviors that define an organization’s culture.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology.


SOCI 366 Death and Dying
An exploration of the various ways that people understand and respond to the realities of death and dying. These topics are considered within the context of American society as well as cross-culturally and across religious traditions.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology; or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 480 Sociology Senior Thesis Seminar

An opportunity for students who seek to expand upon and further develop their research methods project or to initiate a new or related in-depth project. Course work involves creating and completing a research project and culminates in a major paper for presentation at a departmental student research colloquium. Class meetings involve weekly presentations of work progress, research issues, and new discoveries in the literature and in students’ research.

Prerequisites: SOCI 303 Sociological Methods II - Data Collection and Analysis and senior standing. Sociology majors only.

SOCI 490 Independent Study in Sociology
An in-depth investigation in a specific topic relating to the student’s interest in sociology. The selection is made by the student with written approval of the faculty advisor. Oral presentation and final written report required. Limited enrollment.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology, junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor.

SOCI 492 Topics in Sociology
Selected special subjects in sociology and anthropology to be given from time to time at the discretion of the Department. Topics presented here are on a one-time-only basis and will not be a permanent part of the curriculum.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology and ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology.

SOCI 495 Internship in Sociology/Anthropology
A first-hand exploration of careers related to anthropology and sociology through the prism of an internship chosen by the student in either a nonprofit, for-profit, or government organization. Students are expected to work at their internship site eight hours per week and to take notes about what they are observing on the job. In class, students discuss readings in order to make sense of their observations, and to develop a term paper about some aspect of their internship site.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology, junior or senior standing.

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