Undergraduate Sociology Courses

The Department of Sociology at UConn features a diverse curriculum, along with course offerings that are inspired by our faculty’s many interests and field specialties. Below is a summary of undergraduate Sociology courses. For the upcoming semester offerings, please use the Student Administration System‘s ‘Dynamic Class Search‘ or ‘Search for Classes’ feature.

Please note, courses with ‘(W)’ after the course number may be offered as non-W or W sections. When offered as a W, the course is Writing Intensive and has ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800 as the prerequisite. For more information, see the UConn Writing Center website.


SOCI 1001(W). Introduction to Sociology

Either semester. Three credits.
Modern society and its social organization, institutions, communities, groups, and social roles: the socialization of individuals, family, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, social class, crime and deviance, population, cities, political economy, and social change. CA 2.

SOCI 1251(W). Social Problems

Either semester. Three credits.

Major social problems, their sources in the organization of society, public policies for their alleviation, and questions of ethics and social justice: alcohol and drug abuse, physical and mental illness, sexual variances, poverty and inequality, ethnic and racial prejudice and discrimination, women and gender, the changing family, violence, crime and delinquency, the environment, urban problems, and population planning and growth. CA 2.

SOCI 1501(W). Race, Class, and Gender

Either semester. Three credits.

Race, class, and gender, as they structure identities, opportunities, and social outcomes. CA 2. CA 4.

SOCI 1701. Society in Global Perspective

Either semester. Three credits

Economic, political, social and cultural processes in globalization. The world economy, the autonomy of nation-states, the role of the media, and the social and environmental problems of societies in a world context.

SOCI 2101. Sports and Society

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

        Sports as an institution and its impact on society. Gender, race, and class inequality in sports.           Cultural, economic, political, and legal influences on sports at the professional, intercollegiate, scholastic, and recreational

levels.

SOCI 2210. Interaction and the Conduct of Social Research

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: six credits of introductory social science courses. Instructor consent.

Sociological analysis of methodological, socio-relational, and structural factors affecting social research and clinical or community work with individuals and groups.

SOCI 2271. The Social Construction of Happiness

Three credits. Lecture.

 Happiness as a social construction that shapes and is shaped by human societies and their social structures and processes. The social causes, nature, and consequences of the pursuit of happiness as a socially defined and organized phenomenon.

SOCI 2275. Social Well-Being

Three credits.

Socially-embedded facets of well-being. Definitions and levels of well-being; relationship of well-being to social situations, social interactions, and social institutions.

SOCI 2301(W). Criminology

Either semester. Three credits.

Theories and research on crime, criminal law, and the criminal justice system.

SOCI 2501(W).Sociology of Intolerance and Injustice

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Sociological concepts of intolerance and injustive and how they affect members of marginalized groups; case studies may consider social class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and disability. CA 4.

SOCI 2509(W). Sociology of Anti-Semitism

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Sources and consequences of anti-semitism in society. CA 4-INT.

SOCI 2701. Sustainable Societies

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: SOCI 1001, SOCI 2709.

Sociological perspectives on the concepts of sustainability, focusing on issues of climate change mitigation and adaptation, including questions of social transitions based on concepts of social justice, biomimicry, permaculture, and the future of life on earth.

SOCI 2705. Sociology of Food

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Not open for credit to students who have passed SOCI 3271 when offered as “Food.” Recommended preparation: SOCI 1001.

Social factors shaping the industrial food system, as well as a social analysis of viable alternatives.

SOCI 2827(W). Revolutionary Social Movements Around the World

Either semester. Three credits. One 3-hour class per week.

Lectures and documentary films on the Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions and movements in South Africa and the Middle East.

SOCI 3201. Methods of Social Research

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite:SOCI 1001, 1251, or 1501; open to juniors or higher.

Quantitative and qualitative methods used in sociological research: designs for gathering data, problems of measurement, and techniques of data analysis. Lectures and laboratory work. Majors in sociology should take this required course in their junior year.

SOCI 3211Q. Quantitative Methods in Social Research

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: SOCI 3201 and either STAT 1000 or 1100; or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Practical work in the design and execution of research, hypothesis testing, data analysis, and interpretation.

SOCI 3221. Sociological Perspectives on Asian American Women

(Also offered as AASI 3221 and HRTS 3571.)
Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An overview of social structures, inter-group relations, and women’s rights, focusing on the experience of Asian American women. CA 4.

SOCI 3222. Asian Indian Women: Activism and Social Change in India and the United States

(Also offered as AASI 3222 and HRTS 3573.) First semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001, 1251 or 1501; open to juniors or higher.

How gender, class and ethnicity/race structure everyday lives of Asian Indian women in both India and the United States.

SOCI 3251(W). Social Theory

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001, 1251, or 1501; open to juniors or higher.

Sociological theory for advanced undergraduates.

SOCI 3271. Topics in the Sociology of Culture

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

A variable topics course focusing on issues in the sociology of culture. Specific topics may include: production of culture and the culture industry, popular culture, the sociology of the arts, cultural representation of deviance and social problems, women and culture, film and the developing world, material culture, and cultural constructions of social inequality.

SOCI 3307(W). Drugs and Society

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Drug taking as a social problem, the “war on drugs,” drug education, treatment and prevention approaches, the illegal drug market.

SOCI 3311(W). Deviant Behavior

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Behaviors labeled by society as deviant, such as crime, prostitution, suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental illness.

SOCI 3315(W). Juvenile Delinquency

Second semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An overview of sociological theory and research on juvenile delinquency.

SOCI 3317. Women and Crime

(Also offered as WGSS 3317). Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Women as offenders, victims, and practitioners in the criminal justice system.

SOCI 3351(W). Society and the Individual

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Modern social systems and the behavior, psychological organization, and development of individuals.

SOCI 3401(W). Social Organization

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social structure, processes, and social change in institutions such as the family, education, religion, economy, and polity.

SOCI 3407(W). Energy, Environment, and Society

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Sociological perspectives on energy production, distribution and consumption, environment and social organization.

SOCI 3411. Work and Occupations

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Occupations, jobs, careers, and the professions, and their effects on the division of labor, on the workplace, and on individuals in the labor force.

SOCI 3421(W). Class, Power, and Inequality

(Also offered as HRTS 3421.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Inequality and its consequences in contemporary societies.

SOCI 3425. Social Welfare and Social Work

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social welfare needs and programs; introduction to social work as a professional service.

SOCI 3429(W). Sociological Perspectives on Poverty

(Also offered as HRTS 3429.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Poverty in the U.S. and abroad, its roots, and strategies to deal with it.

SOCI 3451. Sociology of Health

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social factors related to health, illness, and healthcare systems.

SOCI 3453(W). Women and Health

(Also offered as WGSS 3453) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social factors shaping women’s health, health care, and their roles as health-care providers.

SOCI 3457(W). Sociology of Mental Illness

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Madness in human societies; its history, incipience, epidemiology, etiology, institutionalization, and other issues.

SOCI 3459(W). Aging in American Society

(Also offered as HDFS 3240) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

May be used only once to meet the distribution requirements. Social gerontology: the role and status of older people in a changing society.

SOCI 3471(W). Sociology of Education

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Education and society: primary schools through universities as agencies for social selection and socialization.

SOCI 3501(W). Ethnicity and Race

(Also offered as AFAM 3501.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Ethnic groups, their interrelations, assimilation, and pluralism. Culture, and identity that arise from differences in race, religion, nationality, region, and language.

SOCI 3503(W). Prejudice and Discrimination

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Sources and consequences of racial and ethnic prejudice and discrimination.

SOCI 3505. White Racism

(Also offered as HRTS 3505 and AFAM 3505.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The origin, nature, and consequences of white racism as a central and enduring social principle around which the United States and other modern societies are structured and evolve. CA 4.

SOCI 3511(W). American Jewry

(Also offered as JUDS 3511.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Historical, demographic, organizational, and sociopsychological perspectives.

SOCI 3521(W). Sociology of Religion

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Religion in social context: differences of church, denomination, sect, and cult; religious culture, organization, and ideology.

SOCI 3525. Latino Sociology

(Also offered as LLAS 3525.) Three credits.

 The economic, social, political, and cultural experiences of Latinos in the United States.

SOCI 3601(W). Sociology of Gender

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Explores processes contributing to social construction of gender; examines the theories used to explain the system of inequality in the United States with particular attention to the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class; and evaluates how
men and women are differentially constituted in the family, in education, work, politics, and language.

SOCI 3621(W). Sociology of Sexualities

(Also offered as WGSS 3621) Either semester. Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have taken SOCI 246 or 246W.

Explores the social organization, construction, and politics of sexualities; particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experiences and the intersection of sexualities, gender, race, and class. CA 4.

SOCI 3651(W). Sociology of the Family

Either semester. Three credits.

The American family, its changing forms and values, and the social conditions influencing it: mate selection, marital adjustment, the responsibilities and opportunities of parenthood, and resolving family crises.

SOCI 3701(W). The Developing World

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social and economic conditions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and attempts to improve them.

SOCI 3801(W). Political Sociology

(Also offered as HRTS 3801.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social analysis of power, democracy and voting, society and the state, and political economy.

SOCI 3821(W). Social Movements and Social Change

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Revolutionary, reform, reactionary, religious, communal, and escapist movements.

SOCI 3823. The Sociology of Law: Global and Comparative Perspectives

Either semester. Three credits. Bernstein

The relationship between law and social change cross-nationally, including dispute processing in kinship societies, the impact of Western law on Third World countries, legal strategies that challenge inequality based on class, race, sex, religion, and sexuality,
and the impact of international human rights treaties on inequality. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

SOCI 3825. African Americans and Social Protest

(Also offered as HRTS 3825 and AFAM 3825.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social and economic-justice movements, from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement to the present.

SOCI 3831. Human Rights in the United States

(Also offered as HRTS 3831.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Sociological analyses of human rights issues in the United States, including economic, racial, and gender justice; prisoner’s rights and capital punishment; the role of the United States in international human rights agreements and treaties; and struggles on behalf of human rights.

SOCI 3833. Topics in Sociology and Human Rights

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

Variable topics covering theoretical and empirical examination of social, political, economic, legal, and/or cultural issues of human rights from a sociological perspective.

SOCI 3835. Refugees and Humanitarianism

(Also offered as HRTS 3835). Three credits.

Social and political challenges of living as a refugee and working in humanitarian settings with a focus on refugee camps, institutional development of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and alternative approaches to refuge.

SOCI 3837. Sociology of Global Human Rights

(Also offered as HRTS 3837). Three credits.

Comparative approach to the study of human rights in the United States and elsewhere around the world from a sociological perspective.

SOCI 3841(W). Public Opinion and Mass Communication

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Contemporary public opinion and ideology, the process and effects of mass communication, and the measurement of public opinion.

SOCI 3901(W). Urban Sociology

(Also offered as URBN 3275.) Either semester. Three credits.

Social and physical organization of cities and suburbs.

SOCI 3903(W). Urban Problems

(Also offered as URBN 3276.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social problems of American cities and suburbs, with emphasis on policy issues.

SOCI 3907(W). City Life

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Ways of life in large cities and suburbs and the culture of modernism.

SOCI 3911. Communities

Second semester. Three credits. Three class periods. Prerequisite: One introductory level sociology course or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Sociological analysis of processes and structures of various kinds of communities.

SOCI 3971(W). Population

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Size, growth, composition and distribution of population; social factors in population change.

SOCI 3990. Internship: Field Experience

Either semester. Variable (1-6) credits. Supervised field experience. Hours by arrangement, 42 hours per semester per credit. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required; open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: Must be taken with SOCI 3991/W, unless continuing an internship already initiated. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits. Students taking this course will be assigneda final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

SOCI 3991(W). Internship: Research Paper

Both semesters. Variable (1-2) credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required; open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: Must be taken with SOCI 3990. May be repeated twice, up to 3 credits maximum.

Research paper based on Field Experience.

SOCI 3993. Foreign Study

Either or both semesters. Credits and hours by arrangement up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, preferably prior to the student’s departure.

Special topics in a foreign-study program.

SOCI 3995. Special Topics

Either semester. Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

A lecture course. Topics vary by semester.

SOCI 3996W. Senior Thesis in Sociology

Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Fifteen credits in sociology and consent of instructor and Department Head; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800; open to juniors or higher.

SOCI 3998. Variable Topics

Either semester. Three credits. Open to juniors or higher. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

SOCI 3999. Independent Study

Either semester. Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated.