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Areas of Concentration


Area of Concentration #1: Inequalities and Social Justice


The Department of Sociology offers an optional area of concentration in “Inequality and Social Justice” for sociology majors. Courses included in this area of concentration focus on the political, social, and academic intersections among inequalities and the strategies we can implement to address them in a just manner. This area of concentration will be listed on your official transcript and can be useful as you market your skills to potential employers after graduation. Students choosing to complete this area of concentration will take one required course (Inequality and Social Justice—SYA 4930) and three elective courses (all with a grade of C- or higher) listed below.

NOTE: Additional courses that fulfill the 9 hour elective requirement may be added to these lists each semester so be sure to contact your advisor for updated lists or pick up a copy in the sociology department kiosk (CPR 209)

Required Course (3 hours):  Inequalities and Social Justice (SYO 4536)

This course will be offered once each academic year and will have a cap of 30 students. It will contain either a substantial service learning component or a substantial original research component (the instructor will choose which to pursue).

Prior to graduation, take an additional two courses from the following list of electives (9 hrs):  

       Racial and Ethnic Relations (SYD3700)                     Gender and Society (SYD4800)
       Social Inequality in a Global Society (SYO3530)        Sociology of Sexualities (SYP3060)
       Medical Sociology (SYO4400)                                  Disability and Society (SYO4430),
       Religion & Immigration (SYO4204)                          Family Violence (SYP3562),
       Sociology of Deviance (SYP 4510)                           Immigrants to America (SYD4238)
       Constructing Social Problems (SYP3004)                  Hidden Structures of Social Life (SYO4572)
       Sociology of Families (SYO3120)                             Queer Theory (SYA4121)
       Social Problems Through Film (SYG3011)                 Sustainable Consumption (SYD4512)
       Elite Deviance (SYP4513)                                        LGBT Youth in Education (SYA4930)
       Sociology of the Body (SYA 4930)                           Gender, Sport and the Body (SYP 4651)
       Sociology of Education (SYO 4250)                          Children of Immigration (SYA4930)
       Environment and Society (SYA4930)                        Political Sociology (SYA4930)
       Women, Sex, and Knowledge (SYA4930)                  Consumer Culture (SYP4420)   
       Latina/o Lives (SYG3235)                                        Gender and Social Movements (SYA4930) 
       Stratification and Mobility (SYA 4930)                      Sociology of Globalization (SYA 4930) 
       Afro-Brazilian Culture & Society—summer study abroad course (SYA4930)
       Sociology of the Media (SYA 4930)                           Social Media and Globalization (SYA 4930)
       Social Movements (SYA 4930)                                  Inequality in Global Society (SYA 4930)
       Women and Social Justice (SYA 4930)                      Sociological Research Experience with approval (SYA4304)
       Independent Research with approval (SYA4910)        Internship with approval (SYA4949).

Area of Concentration #2: Identity and Community

The Department of Sociology offers an optional area of concentration in “Identity and Community” for sociology majors. Courses included in this area of concentration focus on the changing relationships among individuals and their communities in light of technological advances, globalization, environmental crises, political developments, and social problems. This area of concentration will be listed on your official transcript and can be useful as you market your skills to potential employers after graduation. Students choosing to complete this area of concentration will take one required course (Identity and Community—SYP 4111) and three elective courses (all with a grade of C- or higher) listed below.

Required Course (3 hrs):  Identity and Community (SYP4111)

This course will be offered once each academic year and will have a cap of 30 students. It will contain either a substantial service learning component or a substantial original research component (the instructor will choose which to pursue).  

Prior to graduation, take an additional three courses from the following list of electives (9 hrs):  

      Childhood and Youth (SYP4763)                                 Qualitative Inquiry (SYA3310)
      Sociology of Families (SYO3120)                                Transitions to Adulthood (SYA 4930),
      Family Violence (SYP3562)                                        Racial and Ethnic Relations (SYD3700)
      Emotions in Society (SYP4012)                                  Queer Theory (SYA4121)
      Self and Society (SYA4930)                                       Immigrants to America (SYD4238)
      Sociology of Deviance (SYP 4510)                              Animals and Society (SYP4675)
      Sociology of Religion (SYO3200)                                Social Networks (SYO4573)
      Religion & Immigration (SYO4204)                             Muslims in America (SYA 4930)
      Sport and Society (SYP4650)                                     Urban Sociology (SYD4410)
      Urban Life (SYD4411)                                               Consumer Culture (SYP4420)
      Sociology of the Media (SYA3460)                              Social Media and Globalization (SYA 493)
      Latina/o Lives (SYG3235)                                          Sociology of Culture (SYA 4930)
      Children of Immigration (SYA4930)                            Contemporary Bodies (SYA4930)
      Afro-Brazilian Culture & Society—summer study abroad course (SYA4930)
      Sociological Research Experience with approval (SYA4304)
      Independent Research with approval (SYA4910)
Internship with approval (SYA4949). 

If you are interested in pursuing one of these areas of concentration please notify your advisor.