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Sociology and Anthropology Course Descriptions

ANTH-A 104 : Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

A survey of cultural and social processes that influence human behavior, using comparitive examples from different ethnic groups around the world, with the goal of better understanding the broad range of human behavioral potenials and those influences that shape the different expressions of these potentials. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ANTH-A 105 : Human Origins and Prehistory

3 credits

Human biological evolution and prehistory from the earliest archaeological record through the rise of civilization. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ANTH-A 200 : Topics in Anthropology (topic varies)

3 credits

Course is geared to the nonmajor and emphasizes the development of skills in the use of anthropological approaches to the study of human behavior and belief. Topics will vary. ANTH A200 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104.

ANTH-A 210 : Ancillary Topics in Anthropology

.5 - 2 credits

Individual and group activities that may be independent of or connected to a course. May include activities such as discussions, fieldwork, service learning, and applied anthropology projects. May be repeated with different topics to total up to 3 credit hours. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 220 : Hands-on Fossil Observations

1 credit

Hands-on observations, measurements, and interpre­tations of human fossils and fossil casts; offered in conjunction with human paleontology courses. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 230 : Linguistic Anthropology Lab

1 credit

Linguistics problems, word games, and videos. Offered in conjunction with Language and Culture courses. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 240 : History of Ethnographic Film

1 credit

Viewing of ethnographic films from earliest to most recent, with discussions. Offered in conjunction with theory courses. May be repeated once with different topic and with different theory course.

ANTH-A 360 : Development of Anthropological Thought

3 credits

An overview of the major theoretical developments within anthropology as the discipline has attempted to produce a universal and unified view of human life based on knowledge of evolution and prehistoric and contemporary cultures. (Spring—even years)

Prerequisite - two courses in Anthropology, including ANTH A104, A105, and E200.

ANTH-A 495 : Independent Studies in Anthropology

1 - 4 credits

A supervised, in-depth examination through individual research on a particular topic selected and conducted by the student in consultation with an anthropology faculty member. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

Prerequisite - Two courses in anthropology and authorization of the instructor.

ANTH-B 201 : Bioanthropology and Forensics Lab

3 credits

Laboratory exercises in anatomy, genetics, primates, fossils; and identification, aging, and sexing of the human skeleton. (Occasionally)

Corequisite - ANTH B300.

ANTH-B 206 : Primate Zoo Observation

1 credit

Observation of primate anatomy, locomotion, and social behavior at various Midwestern zoos. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - Any one of ANTH A103, ANTH A105, ANTH B200, ANTH B266, or ANTH B466.

ANTH-B 250 : Topics in Biological Anthropology

3 credits

Selected topics in bioanthropology. May be repeated once with a different topic. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - ANTH A105, or one course in biology or anatomy.

ANTH-B 300 : Bioanthropology

3 credits

Bioanthropology of humans, basic biological principles, functional morphology, evolutionary history. Human evolution from lower forms, environmental factors, speciation and differentiation, growth, sexual differences, constitutional variability. (Fall - odd years)

Prerequisite - ANTH A103, ANTH A105, or one semester of college biology.

ANTH-B 368 : The Evolution of Primate Social Behavior

3 credits

Major patterns of social organization in the order Primates, with focus on several important primate species. Examination of Darwinian theories of behavioral evolution. Particular attention paid to the influence of food-getting and diet on social behavior.

ANTH-B 400 : Undergraduate Seminar

3 credits

Selected topics in bioanthropology. Analysis of research. Development of skills in analysis and criticism. Topic varies. ANTH B400 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - ANTH A105 and junior standing, or three courses in biology or anatomy.

ANTH-B 464 : Human Paleontology

3 credits

Human fossils: their structure, classification, geologic range, and geographical distribution. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - ANTH A103 or ANTH A105 or ANTH B200 or 6 credit hours of biology.

ANTH-B 466 : The Primates

3 credits

Paleontology, functional morphology, behavior, and natural history of the nonhuman primates. Emphasis on behavioral and ecological correlates of morphology. Credit given for only one of the following: ANTH B106, ANTH B266, and ANTH B466. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - Any one of ANTH A103, ANTH A105, ANTH B200, or 6 credit hours in biology or consent of instructor.

ANTH-E 200 : Social and Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

Intermediate survey of theories and problems in social and cultural anthropology. Historical development, methods of inquiry, focal problems, and contemporary theoretical perspectives. (Fall)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104.

ANTH-E 205 : Peoples of the World

3 credits

All peoples have to confront similar challenges in order to survive and thrive as individuals and as societies.  This course will examine how several cultures around the world shape their values, behaviors, institutions, and stories in response to external and internal challenges. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104.

ANTH-E 300 : Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups (variable title)

1 - 3 credits

An ethnographic survey of a selected culture area or ethnic group. (May not be repeated for more than 6 credit hours.) (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104.

ANTH-E 320 : Indians of North America

3 credits

Ethnographic survey of culture areas from the Arctic to Panama plus cross- cultural analysis of interrelations of culture, geographical environment, and language families. (Fall, Spring)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104.

ANTH-E 324 : Native American Art

3 credits

This course is an introduction to the visual arts of Native Americans in the period since contact.  Topics will include  the artist (traditional and contemporary); the relationship of art, myth, and ritual the effects of contact  with other cultures on Indian arts; shamanism and art.  Class discussion will be illustrated with slides and movies. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - A104.

ANTH-E 335 : Ancient Civilization of MesoAmerica

3 credits

Historical Ethnography of the major pre- Columbian Civilizations including the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec. Emphasis on the social life, cultural achievements, religion, worldview, and political systems to illustrate the diversity and richness of Amerindian life before the Spanish conquest. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - A104.

ANTH-E 400 : Undergraduate Seminar (topic varies)

3 credits

Intensive examination of selected topics in anthropology. Emphasis upon analytic investigation and critical discussion. Topics will vary. ANTH E400 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104, and junior standing.

ANTH-E 445 : Medical Anthropology

3 credits

A cross- cultural examination of human biocultural adaptation in health and disease, including biocultural epidemiology, ethnomedical systems in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, and sociocultural change and health. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104.

ANTH-L 300 : Culture and Language

3 credits

Explores the relationships between language and culture, focusing on research methodology and surveying various theoretical frameworks. (Spring—odd years)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104.

ANTH-P 200 : Introduction to Archaeology

3 credits

Introduction to the goals, methods, and theories that archaeologists use to learn about the past.   The pursuit and interpretation of archaeological evidence are explored by reviewing case studies from  across the globe and diverse time periods. Topics include food and subsistence, culture change, social life, political economies, and archaeological ethics. (Spring)

Prerequisite - ANTH A104 & A105.

SOC-S 161 : Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Nature of interpersonal relationships, societies, groups, communities, and institutional areas such as the family, industry, and religion; social process operating within those areas; significance for problems of personality, human nature, social disorganization, and social change. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 163 : Social Problems

3 credits

Major social problems in areas such as the family; religion; economic order; crime; mental disorders; civil rights; racial, ethnic, and international tensions. Relation to structure and values of larger society (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161.

SOC-S 164 : Marital Relations and Sexuality

3 credits

Analysis of courtship, marriage, and its alternatives and the basic issues of human sexuality, with an emphasis on contemporary American society (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 210 : Social Organization

3 credits

An examination of the question of social order, including the perspectives of structure and function, conflict and change, social systems and institutions. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 215 : Social Change

3 credits

Introduction to theoretical and empirical studies of social change. Explores issues such as modernization; rationalization; demographic, economic, and religious causes of change; reform and revolution. (Fall, Summer)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 230 : Society and the Individual

3 credits

Introduction to the concepts, perspectives, and theories of social psychology from the level of the individual to collective behavior. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 254 : Qualitative Field Research

3 credits

Covers the most salient aspects of field research, including taking field notes and coding, engaging in participant-observation, taking on a variety of research roles, creating topical guides and conducting in-depth interviews, and writing a publishable- quality research paper. Students must find a suitable setting in which to conduct their semester-long research project. (Fall)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161, SOC-S 261, and two courses in anthropology including ANTH-A 104.

SOC-S 261 : Research Methods in Sociology

3 credits

The logic of scientific work in sociology; theory construction; major research designs, including experiments, sample surveys, and ethnographic field studies; methods of sampling; measurement of variables. (Fall)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 262 : Statistics for Sociology

3 credits

This is a general introduction to the logic of statistics, both descriptive and inferential. Students learn how to use sample date to reach conclusions about a population of interest by calculating confidence intervals and significance tests. SPSS software is used to produce the appropriate calculations. (Spring)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 and MATH-M 100.

SOC-S 309 : The Community

3 credits

Introduction to the sociology of community life, stressing the processes of order and change in community organization. Major topics include the community and society, the nonterritorial community, analysis of major community institutions, racial-ethnic differences in community behavior, community conflict, and community problems. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 310 : The Sociology of Women in America

3 credits

A brief survey of the history of women's changing role in America with particular emphasis on women's legal status in this century, persistence of occupational segregation, the organization and growth of the women's movement since 1960, the impact of those changes on the nuclear family, and the female self- image. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 311 : Political Sociology

3 credits

Interrelations of politics and society, with emphasis on formation of political power, its structure, and its change in different types of social systems and cultural-historical settings. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 313 : Sociology of Religion

3 credits

The nature, consequences, and theoretical origins of religion, as evident in social constructions and functional perspectives; the social origins and problems of religious organizations; and the relationships between religion and morality, science, magic, social class, minority status, economic development, and politics. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 314 : Social Aspects of Health and Medicine

3 credits

The effects of group characteristics in the causation, amelioration, and prevention of mental and physical illness, and social influences in medical education, medical practice, and hospital administration. (Occasionally— Two-year rotation)

Prerequisite - 6 credit hours of sociology.

SOC-S 315 : Sociology of Work

3 credits

Treats work roles within such organizations as factory, office, school, government, and welfare agencies; career and occupational mobility in work life; formal and informal organizations within work organizations; labor and management conflict and cooperation; problems of modern industrial workers. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 316 : Sociology of the Family

3 credits

Structure and process of the conjugal family in modern and emerging societies. Focus is on relationships of the family to other subsystems of the larger society and on interaction within the family in connection with those interrelationships. Stress on development of systematic theory. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 317 : Social Stratification

3 credits

Nature, functioning, and maintenance of systems of social stratification in local communities and societies. Correlates and consequences of social class position and vertical mobility. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 320 : Deviant Behavior and Social Control

3 credits

Analysis of deviance in relation to formal and informal social processes. Emphasis on deviance and respectability as functions of social relations, characteristics of rules, and power and conflict. (Occasionally—Once per year)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 325 : Criminology

3 credits

Factors in genesis of crime and organization of criminal behavior from points of view of the person and the group. (Occasionally—Once per year)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 328 : Juvenile Delinquency

3 credits

Nature and extent of juvenile delinquency; juvenile delinquency and the law; methods of research in juvenile delinquency; delinquency causation; theories and practices of delinquency control. (Occasionally— Once per year)

Prerequisite - 6 credit hours of sociology, or SOC-S 161 and junior standing.

SOC-S 331 : Sociology of Aging

3 credits

A survey of the demographic, work, retirement, social status, family, and institutional factors associated with life in the later years in modern industrial societies. (Occasionally— Two-year rotation)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 335 : Race and Ethnic Relations

3 credits

Racial and cultural contacts, especially in America; factors that determine rate and manner of assimilation; cultural pluralism; theories and conceptual analysis of prejudice; comparative analysis of diverse race relations in different parts of the world. (Occasionally - 2 year rotation)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 337 : Women and Crime

3 credits

Analysis of traditional and feminist theories of crime. Substantive areas include women's victimization, women's criminality and incarceration, and women working within the criminal justice system. (Occasionally-once per year)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161, at least sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 340 : Social Theory

3 credits

Sociological theory, with focus on content, form, and historical development. Relationships between theories, data, and sociological explanation. (Spring)

Prerequisite - SOC-S 161 and either SOC-S 210 or SOC-S 215 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 398 : Internship in the Behavioral Sciences

3 credits

Open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who, upon approval of the internship coordinator, are placed in cooperating social, welfare, and behavior modification agencies to receive experience as learning paraprofessionals. The department and agency supervise the work. Research and written reports are required. Evaluations by the agency and department will be made. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - departmental permission required.

SOC-S 410 : Topics in Social Organization

3 credits

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., social stratification, formal organizations, urban social organization, education, religion, sport and leisure, medicine, politics, demography, social power, social conflict, social change, comparative social systems. May be repeated three times for credit. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - 6 credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 416 : The Family

3 credits

The family as a social institution, changing family folkways, the family in relation to the development of personality of its members, disorganization of the family, and predicting success and failure in marriage. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - 6 credit hours of sociology.

SOC-S 418 : The Sociology of Political and Religious Movements

3 credits

Religious and political movements across the political spectrum will be explored to examine the interrelationships between religious and political social institutions. Transformation of those relationships throughout history will be explored to note the effects of the changing sociopolitical climate in the U.S. on social movement formation and convergence. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - 6 credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 419 : Social Movements and Collective Action

3 credits

Change- oriented social and political collective action and consequences for groups and societies. Resource mobilization, historical and comparative analysis of contemporary movements and collective action. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC S215 or consent of department.

SOC-S 420 : Topics in Deviance

3 credits

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, corrections, mental illness, sexual deviance, drug use, violence, and physical disability. May be repeated three times for credit. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - 6 credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 431 : Topics in Social Psychology

3 credits

Specific topics announced each semester, e.g., socialization, personality development, small-group structures and processes, interpersonal relations, language and human behavior, attitude formation and change, collective behavior, public opinion. May be repeated three times for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC S161 and ANTH A104 or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 441 : Topics in Social Theory

3 credits

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., structuralism, evolutionary theory, symbolic interaction theory, functionalism, social action theory, exchange theory, history and development of social theory, sociology of knowledge. May be repeated three times for credit. (Fall—odd years)

Prerequisite - SOC S161 and an additional course in sociology, or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 447 : Theories of Social Change

3 credits

Idea of progress; linear philosophy of history; social and cultural evolution; contemporary theories. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - 6 credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 450 : Topics in Methods and Measurement

3 credits

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., logic of inquiry, model construction and formalization, research design, data collection, sampling, measurement, statistical analysis. May be repeated three times for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)

Prerequisite - SOC S261, SOC S262; or consent of instructor.

SOC-S 495 : Individual Readings in Sociology

ar credits

Prior arrangement, usually in conjunction with honors work. (Independent study and internship program.) (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)