Academic Catalog

Sociology

Office: 2228 Faculty/Administration Building; 313-577-2930
Chairperson: David Merolla
https://www.clas.wayne.edu/sociology/

The courses in sociology are designed for various groups of students:

  1. those desiring scientific knowledge of social relationships as a part of their general education;
  2. those planning to enter a public service profession such as social and  urban  planning,  public administration, nursing, medicine, dentistry, or law;
  3. those expecting to engage in work that will require a broad grasp of the nature of society, of public opinion, and of social change such as public affairs, journalism, public relations, communications, marketing, etc.;
  4. those anticipating a career in social and statistical research or evaluation and planning;
  5. those looking forward to the teaching of social studies and sociology;
  6. those preparing for a career in international studies or for service in foreign affairs;
  7. those majoring in sociology as a preparation for graduate professional training in social work, public health, or urban planning;
  8. those planning to pursue graduate studies in sociology.

A good background in Sociology can be a valuable component of preparation for a variety of careers, professions, and occupations. The following information summarizes some of these opportunities. Faculty advisors in Sociology can provide additional information on these and other areas as well.

Human Services Work

Students whose occupational aspirations include working with families, or with men and women in various types of human services or therapeutic settings (Social Work, Nursing, Education, Psychology, Law, Medicine) might consider electing one or more of the following courses:

SOC 2201Race Relations in Metro Detroit3
SOC 2202Gendered Worlds3
SOC 2204Outsiders and Deviants3
SOC 2203Social Psychology3
SOC 4202Seminar in the Sociology of Gender3

Business

Students who are preparing for a career in business might consider taking:

SOC 1010Understanding Human Society3
SOC 1020Social Problems3
SOC 2203Social Psychology3
SOC 2300Social Inequality3
SOC 3200Methods of Social Research3
SOC 3220Introduction to Social Statistics3

Inter-Group Relations

Any student whose future occupation will entail working with peoples of diverse ethnic and racial groups might consider taking the following courses:

SOC 2204Outsiders and Deviants3
SOC 2300Social Inequality3
SOC 2201Race Relations in Metro Detroit3
SOC 2202Gendered Worlds3
SOC 4201Seminar in Race and Ethnicity3
SOC 4204Seminar in Aging and the Life Course3

Crime and Criminal Justice

Students whose career goals are in the areas of criminal justice, police work, corrections, probation, law, or related fields might be advised to select their elective courses from among the following:

SOC 1020Social Problems3
SOC 2203Social Psychology3
SOC 2204Outsiders and Deviants3
SOC 2201Race Relations in Metro Detroit3
SOC 2300Social Inequality3

Work with Health-Care Agencies or the Aged

Students who plan to work with the aged or in health care fields (social gerontology, public health, biomedicine, nursing) might consider taking one of more of the following courses:

SOC 2203Social Psychology3
SOC 2210Sociology of Health and Medicine3
SOC 4205Seminar in Medical Sociology3
SOC 4204Seminar in Aging and the Life Course3
 

BREWSTER, ZACHARY W.: Ph.D., North Carolina State University; M.A., Western Kentucky University; B.S., Grand Valley State University; Associate Professor

BROWN, R. KHARI: Ph.D., M.S.W., University of Michigan; B.A., Wayne State University; Associate Professor

BRUMLEY, KRISTA M.: Ph.D., M.A., M.P.H., Tulane University; B.A., State University of New York at Oswego; Associate Professor

DUQUETTE-RURY, LAUREN: Ph.D., University of Chicago; B.A., University of North Carolina; Associate Professor

FASENFEST, DAVID: Ph.D., M.A., University of Michigan; B.A., City University of New York; Associate Professor

GOTTFRIED, HEIDI: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A., B.A., University of Michigan; Associate Professor

HANKIN, JANET: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A., B.A., Case Western Reserve University; Professor

JACOBS, MICHELLE R.: Ph.D. and M.S., Kent State University; B.S. University of Akron; Assistant Professor

KENTOR, JEFFREY D.: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; M.A., Antioch University; B.A. George Washington University; Professor

MEROLLA, DAVID M.: Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Kent State University; Associate Professor and Chair

MONTAZER, SHIRIN: Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Toronto; Assistant Professor

MORTON, PATRICIA: Ph.D., M.A., Purdue University; B.S., Texas State University; Assistant Professor

SWIDER, SARAH C.: Ph.D., M.A., University of Wisconsin; M.S., Cornell University; B.A., Saint Michael's College; Associate Professor

TRUJILLO-PAGAN, NICOLE: Ph.D., University of Michigan; B.A., Emmanuel College; Associate Professor

WANG, CHENG: Ph.D., M.A., University of Notre Dame; B.A., Nanjing University; Assistant Professor

SOC 1010 Understanding Human Society Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Social Inquiry, Social Sciences

Analysis of basic sociological concepts and principles to give the student an understanding of the perspective that sociology brings to the study of human society. Offered Every Term.

SOC 1020 Social Problems Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Diversity Equity Incl Inquiry, Social Inquiry, Social Sciences

Consideration of major contemporary social problems which reveal structural strains, value conflicts, deviations and changes in society. Analysis of socio-cultural factors creating problems and of possible solutions. Offered Every Term.

SOC 2050 The Study of Non-Violence Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Diversity Equity Incl Inquiry

Intellectual and social roots of non-violence and the practice of non-violence in different people's life styles. Historical and political forces and movements related to non-violence. (Some sections linked to Peace and Justice Learning Community.) Offered Every Term.

Equivalent: HIS 2530, PCS 2050, PS 2550

SOC 2100 Topics in Sociology Cr. 3

Specialized and topical studies of sociological themes. Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. Offered Intermittently.

Repeatable for 15 Credits

SOC 2200 Sociology as a Vocation I Cr. 2

Introduces students to the sociological literacy framework, the curriculum in the sociology major, the potential career paths that sociology majors can pursue, and sociology as an academic discipline and a vocation rather than just a major. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in Sociology or Sociology Honors.

SOC 2201 Race Relations in Metro Detroit Cr. 3

This course introduces how race relations are intertwined with the historical trajectory and social processes Metro Detroit. It provides historical and contemporary data about racial inequality and segregation in Metro Detroit. It also considers the role of various social institutions (e.g., educational system, religious institutions, criminal justice system) in resisting and perpetuating racial inequalities in Metro Detroit. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2202 Gendered Worlds Cr. 3

Introduces the ideas that have been central to the sociological study of gender and society. Describes historical and contemporary gender inequalities, the role of various social institutions in perpetuating gender inequality, the social construction of gender, and the way gender roles vary both historically and across cultures. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2203 Social Psychology Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Social Inquiry, Social Sciences

Introduction to the sociological study of social psychology. This course describes the sociological aspect of the self and explores how individuals experience the self in relation to society. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2204 Outsiders and Deviants Cr. 3

Provides an overview of the sociological study of deviance, emphasizing crime and other deviant behaviors and conditions. Offered Yearly.

Equivalent: CRJ 2204

SOC 2205 Sociology of the Environment Cr. 3

Provides an introduction to the sociology of the environment, the study of the interrelationships of human social systems and the environment, with a primary focus on the social aspects of environmental concerns. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2206 Political Sociology Cr. 3

Examines the sociology of politics and explores sociological analysis of political processes in the United States. Offered Every Other Year.

Equivalent: PS 2206

SOC 2207 Sociology of Development Cr. 3

This course covers the major sociological approaches to issues of development and social change, with a focus on the problems and prospects facing the Third World. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2208 Sociology of Sport Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Social Inquiry

Examines the relationship between sport and society, with an emphasis on the relationship of sport to social variables, social institutions, and social problems. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2209 Sociology of Religion Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Social Inquiry

Explores current sociological debates as they pertain to the complex and multi-faceted relationship between religion and other social institutions. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2210 Sociology of Health and Medicine Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Social Inquiry

Designed to introduce the field of medical sociology. The course investigates the impacts of social and institutional variables on health behaviors and outcomes. It also considers the cultural, organizational, and economic functioning of various healthcare institutions. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2245 Blacks and Sport in the United States Cr. 3

The intersection between race and sport in the United States, examined to better understand the role of sports in our socialization and cultural construction. Offered Every Other Year.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Equivalent: AFS 2245

SOC 2300 Social Inequality Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Diversity Equity Incl Inquiry, Social Inquiry, Social Sciences

Structure and process in society, institutions, communities, and organizations. Scientific analysis of organization, conflict, and change in the economy, government, religion, education, and family. Offered Yearly.

SOC 2510 People on the Move Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Global Learning Inquiry, Social Inquiry, Social Sciences

Birth, death and migration investigated with respect to their social causes and consequences for society and human behavior. International migration will be a major focus of this course, since populations are always shifting in global society. Population growth and development will also be covered. Offered Every Other Year.

SOC 2600 Race and Racism in America Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Diversity Equity Incl Inquiry

Examination of the nature and practice of racism in American society from its historical foundations to its contemporary institutional forms. Offered Every Other Year.

Equivalent: AFS 2600

SOC 3050 Basic Sociological Theory Cr. 3

Introduction to sociological theory from a general conceptual framework. Major concepts, theoretical positions and recent trends in theoretical sociology will be considered. Offered Fall, Winter.

Prerequisite: SOC 2200 with a minimum grade of P

SOC 3101 Special Topics in Sociology Cr. 1

Covers introductory topics in Sociology. Offered Intermittently.

Repeatable for 3 Credits

SOC 3200 Methods of Social Research Cr. 3

An elementary research methods course that covers the process of doing social research, including research design, data collection techniques, processing and analysis of data, as well as the interpretation of data. Offered Every Term.

SOC 3220 Introduction to Social Statistics Cr. 3

Introduction to major concepts in social statistics including level measurement, distributions, probability and bivariate hypothesis testing. Discussion of the role that statistics play in discussions and popular understandings of social issues. Offered Yearly.

SOC 3440 American Medicine in the Twentieth Century Cr. 3

Major historical benchmarks in the making of the medical system in the U.S., including developments in medicine and medical knowledge, as well as social and political factors that influenced their reception and implementation. Offered Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Equivalent: HIS 3440

SOC 3710 Learning About Your Community Through Research Cr. 4

Blend of participatory, in-service, and classroom work to enhance undergraduate research skills by linking social science theories and concepts to hands-on community-based learning opportunities. Offered Fall.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Equivalent: LAS 3710

SOC 3840 Corrections Cr. 3

Description and analysis of legal, social and political issues affecting contemporary correctional theory and practice. Topics include: history of corrections, function and social structure of correctional institutions, institutional alternatives including diversion, probation and parole. Field trips to institutions and community correctional settings normally required. Offered Fall, Winter.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Equivalent: CRJ 3350

SOC 3900 LGBTQ Health Cr. 3

Centers on LGBTQ voices and takes an intersectional socioecological approach to exploring social determinants of health, and a range of health outcomes and challenges in LGBTQ communities; and the implications for public health research, policy, and practice to improve LGBTQ health. Introduces students to key conceptual frameworks for understanding LGBTQ health across the lifespan and promoting health equity. Offered Yearly.

Prerequisites: PH 2100 with a minimum grade of C-, PH 3100 with a minimum grade of C-, GSW 2500 with a minimum grade of C-, GSW 2600 with a minimum grade of C-, SOC 1020 with a minimum grade of C-, SOC 2202 with a minimum grade of C-, or SOC 2300 with a minimum grade of C-

Equivalent: PH 3900

SOC 3990 Directed Study Cr. 1-3

For students who show evidence of ability and interest, and desire to do advanced reading. Part-time and student instructors are ineligible to supervise directed study. Offered Every Term.

Repeatable for 6 Credits

SOC 3991 Directed Study: Salford - WSU Exchange Cr. 3-9

Directed study at University of Salford, England. Offered Fall, Winter.

SOC 4010 Sociology as a Vocation II Cr. 1

Provides an opportunity change for students to think retrospectively about their experiences in sociology and to think prospectively about their next steps in their careers. Students will systematically document the courses they took, projects they participated in, and assignments they completed in the past to build a personal academic portfolio. Offered Fall, Winter.

Prerequisite: SOC 2200 with a minimum grade of P

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Junior or Senior.

SOC 4201 Seminar in Race and Ethnicity Cr. 3

Introduces contemporary, empirical, and sociological research within the sociology of race and ethnicity. Offered Yearly.

SOC 4202 Seminar in the Sociology of Gender Cr. 3

Provides an overview of the current state of knowledge in the sociology of gender with an emphasis on recent empirical research. Offered Yearly.

SOC 4203 Seminar in Global Inequality and Development Cr. 3

The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the sociological research on global inequality and development with an emphasis on recent empirical studies. Offered Yearly.

SOC 4204 Seminar in Aging and the Life Course Cr. 3

Provides students with an overview of some major issues and research findings relating to aging and the life course with an emphasis on recent empirical studies. Offered Yearly.

SOC 4205 Seminar in Medical Sociology Cr. 3

Provides students with an overview of the current state of knowledge in medical sociology with an emphasis on recent empirical papers. Offered Yearly.

SOC 4600 Internship in Sociology Cr. 3

Sociology majors or minors volunteer at a local organization or agency that relates to their career interests. Assignments include completing internship hours, keeping a journal, completing a resume, and writing a research paper. Offered Fall, Winter.

Prerequisite: SOC 1010 with a minimum grade of D or SOC 2300 with a minimum grade of D or SOC 3200 with a minimum grade of D

SOC 4996 Sociology Capstone Cr. 3

Satisfies General Education Requirement: Writing Intensive Competency

This course reviews and extends the sociological knowledge that students have gained throughout the sociology curriculum. Students will discuss contemporary sociological issued in relation to classic sociological ideas. Offered Fall, Winter.

Prerequisites: SOC 1010 with a minimum grade of D-, SOC 2200 with a minimum grade of D-, SOC 3200 with a minimum grade of D-, and SOC 3000-4999 with a minimum grade of D-

Repeatable for 6 Credits

SOC 5700 Seminar in Social Inequality Cr. 3

Sociological framework for analyzing several inequalities in contemporary U.S. society. Race, class, and gender as individual topics and as they intersect in society; inequalities in personal life experience. Offered Yearly.

SOC 5760 Health and Life Course Cr. 3

Personal, interpersonal and institutional significance of aging and age categories. Sociological dimensions of aging based on physical, social-psychological, and demographic backgrounds. Offered Yearly.

SOC 5800 Topics in the Sociology of Sex and Gender Cr. 3

Explores the sociology of gender, as one of the most basic organizing mechanisms in society. Covers a broad overview of gender,including the following: themes: feminist theory, bodies, masculinities, work, work & family, families, migration, and politics. Offered Intermittently.

Prerequisite: SOC 4050 with a minimum grade of D-

SOC 5810 Law in Human Society Cr. 3

Law and the legal structure in its social context. The development, enforcement and interpretation of law; emphasis on the American system of government. Reciprocal effects of law and the society in which it develops; comparative analysis. Designed for pre-law, criminal justice, and political science students, as well as for sociology majors. Offered Yearly.

Equivalent: CRJ 5810

SOC 5870 Violence in the Family Cr. 3

Analysis of the nature of violence in family and family-like relationships; prevalence and types of family violence; social and social psychological correlates of violence in families. Offered Yearly.

SOC 6050 Sociological Theory I Cr. 3

Sociological theorists before 1920, their thought and the historical context in which such thought developed. Offered Yearly.

Prerequisite: SOC 2000 with a minimum grade of C-

SOC 6060 Sociological Theory II Cr. 3

Historical and theoretical analysis of sociological thought in the present century. Current trends in sociological theory. Offered Intermittently.

Prerequisite: SOC 6050

SOC 6070 Sociological Analysis Cr. 3

An intensive examination of a wide range of sociological studies, designed to acquaint the student with how sociologists deal with important theoretical issues, using a variety of methods and sources of data. Particular attention will be paid to the logical coherence of the studies and to the fit between data and interpretation. Offered Every Other Year.

Prerequisite: SOC 6050 with a minimum grade of B

SOC 6280 Social Statistics Cr. 3

Basic techniques for organizing and describing social data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory and hypothesis testing, tests of significance and confidence intervals, measures of association for two variables, analysis of variance. Offered Yearly.

SOC 6750 Sociology of Urban Health Cr. 3

Review of theories and research on health status and health care delivery issues in urban communities. Offered Intermittently.

Back to top