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SOCIOLOGY COURSES

LOWER DIVISION

SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
A study of the nature of human society.

SOCI 1310 - The Urban Experience
An introduction to the city, its origins, contemporary form, and its likely future.

SOCI 1316 - Places and Regions in Global Context
A study of the complex ways in which modern social organization materializes geographically.

SOCI 2306 - Introduction to Social Psychology
This course examines the effects of culture and social structure upon the thoughts, emotions, identities, and behaviors of individuals - how the individual exists within society and how society exists within the individual.

SOCI 2311 - Sociology of Sex Roles
An analysis of social, psychological, and physiological approaches to the development of sex identity and sex roles.

SOCI 2312 - Sociology of Marriage and the Family
An examination of the various structures and functions of the family as the basic social institution of society.

SOCI 2314 - Social Problems and Human Values
A documented and critical analysis of major social problems in the United States in a global as well as national context.

SOCI 2323 - Deviance: Social and Personal
An analysis of the current theoretical perspectives on deviant behavior and an examination of deviance in the context of the social-political conditions of contemporary society.

SOCI 2328 - Social Inequality
A study of the stratification of American society in terms of the unequal distribution of wealth, status, and power.

SOCI 2332 - Sociology of Health and Illness
A study of the social and cultural definitions of health and illness, social patterns of morbidity and mortality, social and environmental sources of illness, social roles of the "sick," nature of illness experience, and the structure of health professions and the social institutions that deal with health and illness.

UPPER DIVISION

SOCI 3159 - Social Research Skills Workshop
A hands-on workshop integrating new research methods with emerging social scientific software.

SOCI 3313 - Social Movements
This course is a sociological study of social movements emphasizing how political, organizational, and cultural factors shape their emergence and development.

SOCI 3324 - Crime and Delinquency
An examination of the causes, treatment, and prevention of delinquent and criminal behavior; including political, corporate, and governmental criminal behavior.

SOCI 3325 - Drugs and Society
A sociological overview of policies regarding and use of a range of licit and illicit drugs, examining drugs over time and across social groups with a focus on the importance of politics, culture, power, and economics.

SOCI 3327 - Contemporary Minorities
A study of minority-dominant intergroup relations with an emphasis on historical, cultural, and power differentials.

SOCI 3329 - Sexuality and Society
An investigation of the social construction and regulation of sexuality across cultures and through time.

SOCI 3330 - Sociolinguistics
An introduction to linguistic theories of change.

SOCI 3331 - Language, Culture and Society
Students will analyze the functions of language in everyday life in various cultures, including the role of language in the social production and reproduction of power relations, stratification, gender roles, the formation of racial and ethnic identities, and in the process of social change.

SOCI 3333 - Sociology of Religion
A study of institutionalized and non-institutionalized forms of religious expression.

SOCI 3337 - Organization: Private, Public and Popular
This course looks at business, government, and social movement organizations in their historic, economic, and political contexts.

SOCI 3338 - Work and Professions
This course analyzes the social structure of people's work in the context of the global economy.

SOCI 3339 - The Welfare State
This course systematically focuses on the complex organizations comprising and spawned by the welfare state.

SOCI 3340 - Urban Geography
This course examines the history and contemporary processes of urbanization, primarily in the Northern American context.

SOCI 3343 - Relaciones fronterizas Mexico-Estados Unidos (bilingue)
In this seminar we will examine a variety of social, cultural, political, and economic phenomena that characterize the Mexico-United States border region.

SOCI 3346 - Childhood and Youth
This course examines the social factors surrounding childhood, and children's perceptions of social life, which reveal a great deal about society in general.

SOCI 3347 - The Aging Revolution
Using the theoretical and methodological tools of the social sciences, this course investigates both the personal and social ramifications of this great demographic event, developing the interrelationships between the biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of old age.

SOCI 3348 - Death and Dying
A critical overview of the social and cultural sources of humanity's outlooks and practices toward the dying and the dead.

SOCI 3350 - Sociology of Law
This course will focus on the sociological theories of law as developed by Durkheim, Weber, and Marx.

SOCI 3351 - Sociology of Knowledge
A study of the social structural factors that influence the nature and development of knowledge systems.

SOCI 3359 - Social Research Design
An introduction to the basic research techniques used in the social sciences, with an emphasis on research design, date collection, and analysis.

SOCI 3360 - Research Methods: Applied Social Statistics
This course provides a hands-on approach to learn how to undertake quantitative social research focused on the design and completion of a semester-long research project.

SOCI 3365 - Research Methods GIS
This course provides a hands-on approach to learning how to undertake spatial social research focused on the design and completion of a semester-long research project.

SOCI 4352 - Mind, Body & Society: Seminar
This course examines the nature of mind, body, and society and the intimate dialectical relationship among them.

SOCI 4361 - Social Theory
A critical survey of the foremost paradigms in contemporary sociological and anthropological theory.

SOCI 4362 - Globalization and International Development
This is an advanced seminar studying the relationship between economic development and social change at the international level.

SOCI 3-91 - Special Topics in Sociology
Occasional courses will be offered on current events or desired topics students bring to the attention of the Department Chair.

SOCI 3-94 - Seminar
Topics will vary as necessitated by student interest.

SOCI 4394 - Seminar
Topics will vary as necessitated by student interest.

SOCI 4-71 - Sociology Internship
Field work experience in a setting arranged and approved by the student, professor, and agency selected.

SOCI 3-90 - Sociology Independent Study
Individual research in selected areas.

SOCI 4-90 - Senior Independent Study
Faculty-directed individual research in selected areas for sociology majors' senior experience.

SOCI 4196 - Sociology Mini Conference
Sociology majors will complete a 1-credit course that teaches professional skills for making a conference paper or poster presentation.

SOCI 4395 - Senior Thesis
Students will produce a written thesis on a topic of their choice during the course of one semester.

ANTHROPOLOGY COURSES

LOWER DIVISION

ANTH 1301 - Introduction to Anthropology

This course examines the anthropological perspective on sociocultural processes at work in contemporary societies.

ANTH 1303 - Japanese Perspectives
This course introduces Japanese culture in its religious, political, aesthetic, and social dimensions especially as each is affected by Western influences.

ANTH 1304 - Introduction to Classical Archaeology
An introduction to the history of archaeological activities in the Mediterranean, and the archaeological theory and field techniques.

ANTH 1305 - Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology
An introduction to the methods and theories of prehistoric archaeology and the study of the origin and development of culture beginning with the earliest evidence and including the rise of complex societies known as civilizations in the Old and New Worlds.

ANTH 1309 - Pirates, Merchants, and Marines: Seafaring in the Ancient Mediterranean
This course explores how the human relations with the sea affected the social, economical, military, political, and technological aspects of life in the ancient Mediterranean littoral.

ANTH 1351 - Music Cultures of the World
This course explores the music of various cultures around the world.

ANTH 2301 - The Anthropological Imagination
This course provides potential anthropology majors a comprehensive understanding of anthropology as an academic discipline, focusing on anthropologists and what they do.

ANTH 2310 - Human Evolution
This course examines human evolution studied through fossil and archaeological evidence; description and explanation of modern human biological variation; and the study of non-human primates in order to develop perspectives on the human capacity for culture.

ANTH 2357 - Humans and the Environment
The seminar will analyze humans' relationship with the natural environment.

UPPER DIVISION

ANTH 3159 - Social Research Skills Workshop
A hands-on workshop integrating new research methods with emerging social scientific software.

ANTH 3120 - La historica cultural del balle latinoamericano (The Cultural History of Latin American Dance)
An examination of the cultural influences on contemporary Latin American dance.

ANTH 3327 - Contemporary Minorities
A study of minority-dominant intergroup relations with an emphasis on historical, cultural, and power differentials.

ANTH 3329 - Sexuality and Society
An investigation of the social construction and regulation of sexuality across cultures and through time.

ANTH 3330 - Sociolinguistics
An introduction to linguistic theories of change.

ANTH 3331 - Language, Culture and Society
Students will analyze the functions of language in everyday life in various cultures, including the role of language in social production and reproduction of power relations, stratification, gender roles, the formation of racial and ethnic identities, and in the process of social change.

ANTH 3332 - Intercultural Communication
Examines theory, research, and the application of communication in an intercultural context with an emphasis on verbal and non-verbal language variables.

ANTH 3343 - Relaciones fronterizas Mexico-Estados Unidos (bilingue)
In this seminar we will examine a variety of social, cultural, political, and economic phenomena that characterize the Mexico-United States border region.

ANTH 3348 - Death and Dying
A critical overview of the social and cultural sources of humanity's outlooks and practices toward the dying and the dead.

ANTH 3351 - The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Peru
Intensive study of cultural evolution in Mesoamerica and Peru with special emphasis on complex societies such as the Toltec, Aztec, and the Inca.

ANTH 3356 - Seminar on the Ancient Maya
This course surveys the culture of ancient Maya, including material culture, as well as mythology, calendrics, art, and writing.

ANTH 3357 - Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica
This course is a survey of the art of Mesoamerica and will examine the art of the Olmec, Western Mexico.

ANTH 3358 - The Anthropology of International Relations
An examination of the processes of culture contact among the peoples of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the New World, and its effects on the distribution of wealth, power, and status in the modern world system.

ANTH 3359 - Social Research Design
An introduction to the basic research techniques used in the social sciences, with an emphasis on research design, data collection, and analysis.

ANTH 3360 - Research Methods: Applied Social Statistics
This course provides a hands-on approach to learn how to undertake quantitative social research focused on the design and completion of a semester-long research project.

ANTH 3361 - Research Method: Fieldwork
This course provides a hands-on approach for learning how to undertake qualitative research through fieldwork, focused on the design and completion of a semester-long research project.

ANTH 3362 - Food and Culture
Students will examine the social context of food in which it is produced, distributed, and consumed among different cultures and in the contemporary global political economy.

ANTH 3363 - Water, Culture, and Power
Students will analyze the impact of water resource development on peoples, the varied cultural meanings of water and water resources, as well as the political process of funding and building water resource projects.

ANTH 3365 - Research Methods GIS
This course provides a hands-on approach to learning how to undertake spatial social research focused on the design and completion of a semester-long research project.

ANTH 3367 - South American Indigenous People: Conquest and Development
This course investigates the impact of colonialism and development on tropical forest and Andean Indian societies in South America with emphasis of the influence of native social and cultural systems in these groups' relations with national societies and international economies.

ANTH 3464 - Morality in the Workplace
The course explores relationality and morality in economic relations from a cross-cultural perspective.

ANTH 3466 - Anthropological Forensics
This course is a broad overview of anthropological forensics and will include laboratory projects in which students catalogue human remains, determining age, sex, ancestry, and stature of a laboratory collection of human bones.

ANTH 3-91 - Anthropology Special Topics
Occasional courses will be offered on current events or desired topics that students bring to the attention of the Department Chair.

ANTH 4-90 - Senior Independent Study
Faculty-directed individual research in selected areas for anthropology majors' senior experience.

ANTH 4352 - Mind, Body & Society: Seminar
This course examines the nature of mind, body, and society and the intimate dialectical relationship among them.

ANTH 4354 - Seminar on Primatology
Advanced study of human evolution, ecological conservation, and cultural and behavior by investigation of human's closest living relatives, the non-human primates.

ANTH 4361 - Social Theory
A critical survey of the foremost paradigms in contemporary sociological and anthropological theory.

ANTH 4362 - Globalization and International Development
This is an advanced seminar studying the relationship between economic development and social change at the international level.

ANTH 4394 - Seminar
Topics will vary as necessitated by student interest.

ANTH 4-71 - Anthropology Internship
Field work experience in a setting arranged and approved by the student, professor, and agency selected.

ANTH 3-72, 4-72 - Archaeological Practicum
Participation in an approved excavation in the Mediterranean World, Western Europe, or the Near East.

ANTH 3-73 - Archaeological Fieldwork
Field work experience in a setting arranged and approved by the student, professor, and agency selected.

ANTH 3-90 - Anthropology Independent Study
Individual research in selected areas.

ANTH 4196 - Anthropology Mini Conference
Anthropology majors will complete a 1-credit course that teaches professional skills for making a conference paper or poster presentation.

ANTH 4395 - Senior Thesis
Students will produce a written thesis on a topic of their choice during the course of one semester.