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General Sociology Major

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Course Descriptions: Anthropology and Sociology

No more than three (3) courses toward the major may be taken at other institutions.

Liberal Learning Quantitative Requirement:

All TCNJ students must take a course in mathematics as part of their general education requirements. We specify that sociology majors choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Statistics (STA 115, B- minimum)
  • Option 2: Statistical Inference (STA 215, C+ minimum)

Department Core Requirements (4 units)

SOC101 – Introduction to Sociology (or HON216 – The Sociological Perspective)

Sociology explores the intersection of biography and history. Students learn the basic foundations of sociology, including its development as a field of inquiry, early sociological theory, an methodology. The course also analyzes social organization, addressing culture, class, race, sex, family, medicine, business, religion, education, and government affect our lives. Special attention is paid to the impact of society on self and understanding social structure.

Grade Minimum: B-

SOC301 – Development of Socio-Cultural Theory

Prerequisites: SOC101 or HON216
The response of social theorists to the consequences of the industrial revolution and the issues of capitalism, secularism, industrialism, modern consciousness, and the socio-critical enterprise, seen through the work of such theorists as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Contemporary development of these theories will also be discussed.

Grade Minimum: C

SOC302 – Quantitative Research Methods

Prerequisites: SOC 101 or HON 216 and STA 115 or STA 215
The course is designed to familiarize students with quantitative research methodology, methods of quantitative data collection, and analysis of quantitative data used in sociology. Students will learn one of the most widely used statistical software packages in the social sciences (SPSS) and conduct independent research using on of the most widely used sources of quantitative social data, the General Social Survey (GSS).

Grade Minimum: C

SOC499 – Senior Seminar in Sociology

Prerequisites: SOC301, SOC302, and the Tutorial
Culminating experience for sociology majors.  Course draws on skills and knowledge of sociology course as well as knowledge gained from the liberal arts broadly construed. An internship is a major required element of the seminar. With departmental approval only, exceptional students may substitute two semesters of SOC 495: Senior Thesis in Sociology for SOC 499.

Grade Minimum: C-

General Sociology Electives (6 units)

Sociology majors select 6 additional course from out department offerings, with at least 4 selected from the 300 or 400 course levels. Additional courses can be approved in consultation with the department chair. Present course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Social Work (SOC 205)
  • Social Deviance (SOC 210)
  • Political and  Historical Sociology (SOC 227)
  • Sociology of Race in the US (SOC 281/AAS 281)
  • Women  in World Perspective (SOC 303)
  • Urban Youth Deviance (SOC 310)
  • Racism, Power, Privilege (SOC 315)
  • Organizations in Modern Society (SOC 317)
  • Community, City, Suburb (SOC 320)
  • Urban Population Dynamics (SOC 330)
  • Body Image, Culture and Society (SOC 333)
  • Gender and U.S. Society (SOC 334)
  • Courtship, Marriage, and the Family (SOC 335)
  • Social and Cultural Change (SOC 336)
  • Class, Status, and Power (SOC 340)
  • Inequality, Pollution and the Environment (SOC 345)
  • Work, Occupation and Professions  (SOC 350)
  • Introduction to Urban Planning (SOC 355)
  • Poverty and Welfare in the U.S. (SOC 365)
  • Topics in Sociology (Topic Varies, SOC 370)
  • Culture, Health, and Illness (ANT/SOC 371)
  • Global Public Health (ANT/SOC 372)
  • Public Health & Social Policy (ANT/SOC 373)
  • Religion and American Culture (SOC 375)
  • Education and American Culture (SOC 380)
  • Introduction to Applied Sociology (SOC 385)
  • Independent Study in Sociology (SOC 391)
  • Internship in Sociology (SOC 399)
  • Senior Honors Seminar (SOC 450
  • Senior Thesis in Sociology (SOC 495)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 110)
  • Human Evolution (ANT 205)
  • Women and Migration (ANT 311)
  • Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches (ANT 313)
  • Global Urbanization (ANT 335)
  • Social Change in Latin America (ANT 340)
  • Dynamics of Cultural Ecology (ANT 341)
  • Topics in Anthropology (topic varies; ANT 370)