B.S., Major in Sociology Requirements: 37 Credits

Introductory Course
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology: Self and Society3
All of the following foundational courses:
SOC 301Social and Cultural Theory3
SOC 312Research Design for the Social Sciences3
SOC 314Statistics for the Social Sciences4
SOC 411Social Inequality and Stratification3
Select twenty-one credits from the following:21
Social Science and Social Problems
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
The Urban Social System
Religion And Contemporary American Society
Power and Society: Political Sociology in Action
Qualitative Methods, Ethnography, and Engagement
Global Health: A Biosocial and Justice-Oriented Approach
Gender in American Society
Theories of Crime and Deviance
Victim Advocacy Policy and Practice
Crime, Victimization and Public Health
Gender Communication
Race and Justice
Gender, Society and Culture
Trauma Care for the Whole Person
Topical Seminar in Sociology
Social Stratification in the Dominican Republic
Healthcare, Society and Culture
Environment & Society: Sociological Perspectives
Law and Society
Sustainability Across the Rural Americas
What's for Dinner, Honey": Food, Culture, Gender and Health
Violent Environments and Sustainability
Food, Society, and Environment
Making Maps that Matter: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Directed Independent Readings
Directed Independent Study
Directed Independent Research
Structural Injustice: Engaging Constructively with Demographic Change
Theological Ethics: Social Action and Political Advocacy
Land More Than a Job: Justice, Career, and Vocational Discernment
Total Credits37


SOC 101. Introduction to Sociology: Self and Society. 3 credits.

Human beings live out their lives in a multitude of social relationships. This course explores the meaning of these relationships by considering four questions: (1) How is social life organized? (2) What consequences does this social organization produce? (3) How does social organization change? (4) How does this organization affect individuals?.

SOC 170. Social Science and Social Problems. 3 credits.

This course examines how and why some issues come to be conceptualized as social problems and how this affects understandings of their causes and potential remedies. Today inequalities of class, race, gender, sexuality, and ability are the subject of social justice struggles that must be understood in both personal and institutional terms. CO: Oral Communication.

SOC 201. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. 3 credits. (Same as CRJ 201)

A survey of the development, modification, and enforcement of criminal law. Special attention will be given to the courts, corrections, and enforcement agencies, and the role of competing values in the decision-making process. In addition to the western legal heritage that has been the principle influence in U.S. criminal law, the perspective of non-western traditions of criminal justice will be addressed. P: Sophomore standing.

SOC 211. Medical Anthropology. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 211)

This course utilizes a variety of anthropological theories to explore human experiences of health, illness and healing. It examines the role of culture in shaping illness and healing systems, studies the interconnections between humans and pathogens, and considers how social power relations affect disease patterns. Students also learn about different types of healers, diagnostic techniques, ritual and pharmacological therapies, spirit possession, and shamanism.

SOC 301. Social and Cultural Theory. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 301, AMS 301)

An exploration of the ideas central to sociology and anthropology from the perspective of their historical and contemporary theories. Special attention is given to the implications of these ideas for understanding human social values. P: So. stdg.

SOC 309. The Urban Social System. 3 credits. (Same as BKS 309)

Examination of the process of urbanization as it affects the lives and institutions of local populations and incorporates them into much larger national and international systems.

SOC 310. Religion And Contemporary American Society. 3 credits.

An examination of religious beliefs, behaviors, and structures as they relate to contemporary America. In addition to studying established religious forms, attention is also given to the public controversies connected with religion and to new religious movements and trends. P: So. stdg.

SOC 312. Research Design for the Social Sciences. 3 credits. (Same as HAP 312, CRJ 312)

Introduction to social science research methods. Attention is directed to the basic logic and research techniques involved in studying the social world scientifically. Specific topics considered include research design, measurement, alternative data collection procedures, and ethical concerns involved in studying social life. P: Contemporary Composition; Ethics.

SOC 313. Power and Society: Political Sociology in Action. 3 credits.

Political Sociology is an investigation into the social bases of politics, power and the state. The course begins with an overview of major perspectives on power; the relationship between the state and society; and political participation. The second part of the course will focus on empirical research examining power in the U.S., and introduce the field of power structure research. P: One Magis Core Understanding Social Science course.

SOC 314. Statistics for the Social Sciences. 4 credits. (Same as ANT 314, CRJ 314)

Broad introduction to the statistical techniques used by social scientists to analyze their data, including computer usage. Attention is directed to the basic procedures for organizing and describing data, for assessing relationships among social variables, and for using that information to make inferences about the population. P: Mathematical Reasoning.

SOC 316. Qualitative Methods, Ethnography, and Engagement. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 316, ANT 316, CRJ 316)

This course is an introduction to qualitative research methods within the social sciences. It emphasizes ethnography and community engagement as the primary tools of anthropological research. It promotes skill development in reflective practice, research design, partnership building, strategies for collecting ethnographic data and analysis, engaging in field work through participant-observation, and community problem-solving. The course develops compassion, confidence and competence as it contributes to social justice action in student's communities and their professions. Meets Doing Social Science, Designated Ethics, Designated Oral Communication, Designated Technology, and Designated Written Communication Magis Core requirements. Prereq: Understanding Social Science course; Ethics course; Oral Communication course; Contemporary Composition course.

SOC 317. Global Health: A Biosocial and Justice-Oriented Approach. 3 credits. (Same as AFS 317, ANT 317, HAP 317)

This course provides a biosocial framework for the study of Global Health arguing that global health issues can only be sufficiently understood and addressed by recognizing their physiological as well as their sociocultural contexts and the dynamic interplay between both. Global health as a discipline is, therefore, interdisciplinary and draws from diverse academic and applied disciplines and professions. This course also highlights the increased recognition in Global Health of health and access to health care as a human right and includes discussions on the importance of a commitment to global health justice and equity. P: So. stdg. P: So. stdg.

SOC 318. Gender in American Society. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 318)

Comprehensive examination of the forces shaping the position and behavior of women and men in modern American society. How and why do these positions and behavior differ? What are the consequences of these differences? Emphasis on gender as enacted across the spectrum of multicultural diversity in American society, with some comparison to other societies. P: Understanding Social Science; Sophomore standing.

SOC 320. Theories of Crime and Deviance. 3 credits. (Same as CRJ 320)

A sociological examination of the conditions under which societal definitions of deviance emerge, develop, and change over time. Special attention will be paid to the process of societal reaction to deviant behavior. Prereq: Sophomore standing.

SOC 322. Victim Advocacy Policy and Practice. 3 credits. SU (Same as CRJ 322)

The goal of this course is to increase the knowledge base of participants interested in victim assistance to become more skilled in their approach thereby building the capacity of advocates, service provides and law enforcement to help victims of crime regain control of their lives. Through exploration of existing research on best practices, case analysis, and inter-professional dialogue participants develop a baseline understanding of existing practices and explore creative approaches to serving as victim advocates.

SOC 323. Crime, Victimization and Public Health. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 323, CRJ 323)

This course examines how crime and victimization are perceived within society, how they are measured through quantitative and qualitative lenses, and the particularities of urban environments that intersect with high concentrations of crime and victimization, as well as considering crime and victimization from a public health perspective. P: Understanding Social Science or Instructor consent.

SOC 337. Anthropology of War and Peace. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 337, JPS 337. Magis: Do Soc Sci, Written Comm)

This course explores the dynamics of war and peace from an anthropological lens. Using ethnographic cases, students will examine approaches to peace, analyze the varied forms of violence that stifle it, and explore possibilities for transforming violent conflict. Students will apply anthropological methods to consider peacebuilding strategies in comparative contexts. Satisfies Magis Core: Doing Social Science, designated Written Communication course.

SOC 340. Gender Communication. 3 credits. (COM 340)

The course examines the construction of gender through communication. Topics of lectures, exercises, and discussions may include: female-male roles and stereotypes; differences in verbal and nonverbal codes; partnership styles and alternatives; communication skills in relationships; gender and media; sexuality; gender and rhetoric; and special problem areas of female-male communication. Satisfies Magis Core Doing Social Science. P: One Magis Core Curriculum Understanding Social Science course.

SOC 341. Race and Justice. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 341, ANT 341, BKS 341, CRJ 341)

This course focuses on racial and ethnic inequality in the U.S. criminal justice system. What are the determinants and consequences of prejudice and discrimination; of race and ethnicity; of ethnocentrism; sex/gender norms and class structure, as they relate to racial/ethnic minority groups/members affected by the criminal justice system? How is the society and culture we live in different from that of our parents and that of our grandparents or our great grandparents? What led to the changes we see today? Are there alternative social arrangements that may yield more equality, more efficiency, and more social justice? The goal of this course is to provide you with the basic concepts, theories, and historical context required to critically analyze and answer these questions with regard to racial/ethnic minority groups/members affected by the criminal justice system. Prereq: Sophomore standing.

SOC 345. Sports in American Society. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 345, AMS 345)

How American cultural norms, values, and beliefs are reflected in and are influenced by sport. Included will be issues of basic cultural values and ideology, racial and ethnic groups, gender, and the role sport plays in American culture.

SOC 360. Gender, Society and Culture. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 360, ANT 360)

Examines gender from a holistic perspective, including language, biology, cultural history, and socio-cultural variables. The course will examine gender in a wide variety of cultures. P: So. stdg.

SOC 385. Community Internship I, II. 3 credits.

Omaha city government departments and other private and public agencies provide opportunities for semester-long participation in their regular operations. Academic coordination provided by a department faculty member. May be repeated for up to 6 hrs. Prereq: Instructor consent.

SOC 399. Trauma Care for the Whole Person. 3 credits. ONY

It is essential for social workers and helping professionals to be reflective practitioners and know how to effectively care for others as well as themselves. Students will explore the distinctions of trauma including: physical, psychological, social, historical, ongoing, and vicaríous trauma. This course is designed to examine the impact of trauma on the mind, body and spirit. Trauma care is not only for the individuals, families and/or communities with whom they work but also to develop resiliency in the mind, body and spirit of the helping professionals. P: Sophomore standing.

SOC 400. Topical Seminar in Sociology. 1-3 credits.

Seminars offered on special topics related to sociology. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated under different subtitles. P: Jr. stdg.

SOC 411. Social Inequality and Stratification. 3 credits. (Same as AMS 411, ANT 411)

Nature, causes, and consequences of social inequality and stratification, with particular attention directed to the interaction among class, race and ethnicity, and gender. P: Jr. stdg.

SOC 415. Social Stratification in the Dominican Republic. 3 credits. (Same as SPN 415, ANT 415)

In this course we will study the nature, causes, and consequences of social inequality and stratification in the Dominican Republic, with particular attention directed to the interaction among class, race and ethnicity, and gender. P: Soph. stdg. and one course from Understanding Social Science.

SOC 418. Healthcare, Society and Culture. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 418, HAP 418)

This course analyzes health, illness, and healthcare by considering social forces, applying a social science perspective, and comparing this perspective with other paradigms in order to comprehend sources and distribution of illness, social meanings and experiences of illness, and diverse health care systems in domestic and global settings. P: One Magis Core Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course; Senior standing.

SOC 420. Environment & Society: Sociological Perspectives. 3 credits. (Same as ANT/EVS 420)

Human societies interact with the natural environments in which they are embedded. An examination of the driving economic, political, cultural, and demographic forces that cause human modification of the natural world, the resulting social and environmental problems and public controversies. A focus on movements and policies related to environmental issues, and the prospects for the emergence of more environmentally "sustainable" societies. P: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry.

SOC 423. Law and Society. 3 credits. (Same as CRJ 423)

A sociological examination of the development and evolution of models of legal systems from several contemporary cultures, with particular emphasis on the way each of the different models function either as a mechanism of social stability or as a mechanism of social change. This will include a survey of civil, criminal, administrative, and commercial issues, and their relationship to other social institutions, as well as a review of efforts to develop legal systems that transcend competing cultures, either by treaty, or by international organizations.

SOC 424. Sustainability Across the Rural Americas. 3 credits. (Same as EVS 424, SOC 424)

This interdisciplinary course studies sustainability and the diverse cultures of rural American peoples by looking at topics such as ethics, environmental resources, economic strategies, public policy and social inequality. This course offers off-campus field observation and ethical reflection assignments and involves students in active collaborative problem-solving research.

SOC 425. What's for Dinner, Honey": Food, Culture, Gender and Health. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 425)

This course examines the relationship between food, culture, and health to address issues of diversity, service, and social justice. Students will engage in personal and educational experiences in a dynamic learning environment where they can engage challenging food and health problems to develop their citizenship at local and global levels and begin to draw conclusions about the struggles for justice. The instructor and students work together at the intersection of intellectual inquiry and personal experience to seek to understand food, culture, and health intersections in the world at large. Drawing on the Ignatian tradition, the course involves research and writing as well as reflection, collaboration, and debate. P: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course and Senior standing.

SOC 430. Violent Environments and Sustainability. 3 credits. (Intersections course; Same as ANT/EVS/JPS 430)

This course examines environmental violence and sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective. Using ethnographic cases, we will consider environmental struggles for justice in relation to war, displacement, and political violence. Students will analyze how people resist and transform violence and explore concrete strategies for building a more just and sustainable world. Prereq: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry.

SOC 455. Food, Society, and Environment. 3 credits. (Same as ANT 455, EVS 455)

Access to food is a universal, basic human need. This course considers the social and cultural significance of food, the ecological implications of producing it, and the social justice issues that surround its distribution from several disciplinary perspectives. P: Sr. stdg.

SOC 470. Making Maps that Matter: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 4 credits. (Same as AMS/ANT/CRJ/EVS 470)

Geographic Information Systems-or GIS-refers to the technology used to store, edit, analyze, and present geographic data. This course will introduce students to both the technical and conceptual sides of making maps that matter. Weekly labs will teach the technical skills necessary for using geographic data to create maps. ln addition to the technical skills, students will lead weekly book club and "mappy hour'' discussions that will foster critical thinking about how GIS and maps are used in society. These readings will emphasize the importance of place and space to a range of contemporary social and environmental issues including poverty, pollution, crime, and racial injustice. Students will apply what they've learned in a semester-long mapping project to raise awareness about a social or environmental problem in a place of their choosing. P: SOC 212.

SOC 493. Directed Independent Readings. 1-6 credits.

Student-initiated survey of the literature related to a broad topic in sociology not covered in the student's course work. Undertaken in close cooperation with a supervising faculty member. May be repeated to a limit of six hours. P: IC.

SOC 495. Directed Independent Study. 1-6 credits.

Student-initiated project on a focused topic in sociology, utilizing library materials and involving close coordination with a supervising faculty member. May be repeated to a limit of six hours. P: IC.

SOC 497. Directed Independent Research. 1-6 credits. FA, SP, SU

Student-initiated empirical project on a focused topic in sociology, involving close coordination with a supervising faculty member. May be repeated to a limit of six hours. P: IC.

SOC 499. Senior Capstone: Applying the Social Sciences. 3 credits.

Students will connect, integrate and elaborate prior learning and skills by studying and interpreting a selected topic. Reading, research, discussion, writing, exercises and presentations will engage us in the topic and allow us to use our knowledge and skills developed by pursuing a sociology or anthropology major. The course provides both a completion of the undergraduate experience and engages students in program assessment.

SOC 540. Structural Injustice: Engaging Constructively with Demographic Change. 3 credits.

The 2040 Initiative Seminar examines the challenging issues that arise as changing demographics trends in racial and ethnic make up in the United States as well as other sweeping trends like the aging of the Baby Boom generation, continuing urbanization, growing economic inequality and residential self-sorting of citizens intersect with law and politics. The course examines demographic trends, explores the ethical, legal, and political issues related to these trends, and examines policy options and social changes to bring about more just and effective systems. P: Senior Standing; One Magis Core Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course.