Courses Offered

The following is a list of all possible Sociology courses available to students. Please refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes for courses offered during any specific semester.

SOCIOL 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3 units; U)
Sociology as a special field of social science. The relationship of the work of the sociologist to contemporary society; an examination of the sociological perspective. Prereq: none.
SOCIOL 102 - Solving Social Problems (3 units; U)
Examines problems relating to social inequality, troubled institutions, social control and social change. Explains how sociological theories can address these problems and improve communities. Prereq: none.
SOCIOL 103 - World Society (3 units; U)
Demographic and development trends related to political, economic, and eco-systems. Policy options and strategies regarding population growth, economic development, and selected institutional issues. Prereq: none.
SOCIOL 104 - Introduction to Social Psychology (3 units; U)
An introduction to sociological social psychology, emphasizing such topics as the nature of self, identity, socialization, various aspects of social interaction, and dynamics of group behavior. Prereq: none.
SOCIOL 150 - Multicultural America (3 units; U)
Multiculturalism explored through historical survey of US immigration and immigrant incorporation. Cultural diversity, race relations, and identity; focus on Asian-American, African-American, and Latino/a-American migrant communities. Cultures and Communities Prog course; req'd service learning component. Prereq: none.
SOCIOL 193 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
SOCIOL 199 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
For further information, consult dept chair. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
SOCIOL 200 - Contemporary American Society (3 units; U)
The patterns of social life in the United States; cultural orientations, social structures, and dynamics of social change. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 207 - Work and Society (3 units; U)
The sociology of work; changes in the structure of work. Theory and research on work settings: occupations, professions, housework, work subterranean. The future of work. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 224 - American Minority Groups (3 units; U)
Nature of minority-dominant group relations. Stability and change in status in American society of Blacks, Native Americans, Spanish-speaking peoples, and other minority groups. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 233 - Social Inequality in the United States (3 units; U)
A survey of race, class and gender inequalities. Introduction to competing stratification theories. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 235 - Social Change in the Global Economy (3 units; U)
Global nature of contemporary economic and social change; local dimensions of globalization, economic integration, dislocation, transnationalization, popular resistance, and blacklash. Prereq: soph st or any Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 241 - Criminology (3 units; U)
Analysis of competing perspectives on crime, with reference to the behavior of those who define, engage in, or become the victim of criminal behavior. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 246 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 units; U)
Study of personal and social determinants of juvenile delinquency and agencies for its control, treatment, and prevention. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 248 - Sociology of Education (3 units; U)
Social structure of the contemporary schooling system in the United States. Topics include social class membership and education outcomes; school desegregation; high school attrition. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 250 - Sex and Gender (3 units; U)
The study of sexual inequality; changing work and family roles in industrialized societies; the social construction of gender; sociological understandings of sexual diversity. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 255 - Sociology of Sexuality (3 units; U)
The social construction of sexuality, the social history of sexual arrangements, and contemporary sexual theory and practice. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 260 - Blood, Sex, Money, Power: Families and Intimate Relationships (3 units; U)
The social forces that shape inequality within, and the formation and maintenance of, marriage and other intimate relationships across diverse groups. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 261 - Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology (3 units; U)
Introduction to basic statistical concepts and procedures and their selected application to sociological data. Covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Prereq: soph st or Sociol 101(P); satisfaction of GER Quantitative Literacy Part A req.
SOCIOL 282 - Sociology of Aging (3 units; U)
Introduction to social gerontology; examination of the social dynamics and institutional contexts of aging in modern society. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 289 - Internship in Sociology, Lower Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic principles of sociology in a business, organizational, educational, political or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: intro course in Sociol; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
SOCIOL 290 - International Migration: (3 units; U)
Examines institutional, demographic, geo-political, and social psychological sources of human migration. Considers theories of and trends in migration with special focus on salient, current events. Not retakable for cr. Prereq: soph st or a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
SOCIOL 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
SOCIOL 304 - Political Sociology (3 units; U)
Examination of structural and cultural factors as related to the nature of political systems; consideration of the organization and roles of political and para-political groups. Prereq: jr st & any Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 305 - Sociology of Sport (3 units; U)
Social structure of sports in historic and contemporary contexts, with primary emphasis given to sports in the United States. Prereq: jr st; any Sociol 100 or 200 level course.
SOCIOL 307 - Industrial Sociology (3 units; U)
Industrial technological factors in community life; role of industrial workers, leaders, and organizations in the community; impact of industrialization on other institutions. Prereq: jr st; a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 320 - Social Change in American Indian Societies (3 units; U)
American Indian societal change studied from a combination of theoretical perspectives: examination of the variation in American Indian responses to Western political and economic impacts. AIS 320 & Sociol 320 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; any Sociol 100-level course or Sociol 224(P).
SOCIOL 321 - Contemporary Issues of the American Indian (3 units; U)
Development of the institutional structure of American Indian affairs; current economic and social problems, contemporary manifestations of American Indian spirit, e.g. activism and cultural experiences. AIS 321 & Sociol 321 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; any Sociol 100-level course or Sociol 224(P).
SOCIOL 323 - Perspectives on Latino Communities (3 units; U)
Sociological analysis of the experiences of Latinos. Examination of immigration and mode of incorporation from theoretical perspectives. Emphasis on Chicanos, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans. Latino 323 & Sociol 323 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st & any Sociol 100-level course or cons instr.
SOCIOL 324 - Comparative Race Relations (3 units; U)
Analysis of racial/ethnic relations in historical and cross-cultural perspective. Origin, persistence, adaptation, and change in patterns of race relations in various societies. Prereq: jr st & Sociol 101(P) or 104(P).
SOCIOL 325 - Social Change (3 units; U)
Study of change in society; integration and various theories of social change; examination of contemporary instances of social change. Prereq: jr st & any Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 327 - The Social Organization of Technology: A Comparative Perspective (3 units; U)
Explores technological innovation, the diffusion of technology into practice, the relationship of technology to science, work and the control of work. Prereq: jr st; a 100-level Sociol course.
SOCIOL 330 - Economy and Society (3 units; U)
The sociological perspective applied to economic phenomena, including production, distribution, consumption, exchanges of goods, a country's economic development, and global market. Prereq: jr st; a Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 331 - Sociology of Health Care (3 units; U)
Cultural, social, and social-psychological factors in disease processes; distribution of disease; social definitions of illness; organization of health professions and health facilities. Prereq: jr st & Sociol 101(P) or 104(P).
SOCIOL 333 - Social Class in Industrial Society (3 units; U)
Comparative analysis of patterns of stratification in modern societies. Critical analysis of competing theories via examination of selected topics of theoretical significance. Prereq: jr st & any Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 338 - Small Groups (3 units; U)
Defining structure and functions of the group. Developing understanding of group processes. Recognizing and defining leadership, cliques and factions. Prereq: jr st & Sociol 101(P) or 104(P).
SOCIOL 341 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3 units; U)
Analysis of the ways in which deviant behavior is socially constructed, individuals are labeled and stigmatized as deviants, and mechanisms of social control are activated or challenged. Prereq: jr st & any Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 342 - Sociology of Law (3 units; U)
Examination of law as a social institution, the functions of law, evolution of legal systems, law and other social institutions, the legal profession. Prereq: jr st & Sociol 101(P) or 104(P).
SOCIOL 343 - Collective Behavior (3 units; U)
Dynamic aspects of social and institutional change. The breakdown and transformation of the social system through cultural drift, collectivities, and social movements. Recruitment, ideology, and leadership. Prereq: jr st & Sociol 101(P) or 104(P).
SOCIOL 361 - Research Methods in Sociology (3 units; U)
Scientific methods in the analysis of society, procedures in problem definition, hypotheses/construction, and collection, and evaluation of data. Prereq: jr st; 9 cr Sociol; Sociol 261(P) or approved stats course.
SOCIOL 375 - History of Sociological Theory (3 units; U)
Critical survey of ideas about society centered on thinkers up to the twentieth century. Prereq: jr st; 9 cr Sociol.
SOCIOL 376 - Modern Sociological Theory (3 units; U)
Major theoretical paradigms including functionalism, conflict and dialectical models, exchange theory, symbolic interactionism, and social phenomenology. Prereq: Sociol 375(P).
SOCIOL 377 - Urbanism and Urbanization (3 units; U)
Theoretical perspectives, substantive themes, and methodological approaches to the study of cities. Impact of historical development and changing spatial patterns on social behavior in metropolitan areas. Sociol 377 & Urb Std 377 are jointly-offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st & a Sociol 100-level course; or Urb Std 250(P).
SOCIOL 380 - Honors Seminar: (3 units; U)
Selected topics in sociology Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
SOCIOL 399 - Independent Study-Upper Division (1-3 units; U)
Independent work in specific areas of sociology under supervision. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
SOCIOL 404 - Sociology and Social Policy (3 units; U)
Examination of the uses of sociological theory and research in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of social policy. Prereq: jr st; any Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 423 - Latino Immigration and Incorporation: (3 units; U/G)
Latino institutional, geo-political, demographic, comparative, and social network theoretical perspectives on migration to and incorporation into the United States. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Latino 423 & Sociol 423 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in Sociol at 200-level or above or cons instr; addl prereqs may be assigned for specific topics.
SOCIOL 440 - Sociology of the Family (3 units; U/G)
Family patterns and ideologies in relation to broader social structure and culture, sources of variety and change in household, family, and kinship organization. Prereq: jr st; 6 cr in Sociol at 200-level or above.
SOCIOL 442 - The Work-Family Intersection (3 units; U/G)
Social forces shaping work and family patterns and ideologies; implications of social change for employers, workers, and families; survey of work-family policies. No cr for students w/cr in Sociol 495 w/similar topic. Prereq: jr st; 6 cr 200-level or above Sociol.
SOCIOL 443 - Organizations, Occupations, and Professions (3 units; U/G)
Development of occupations and professions in industrial societies. Study of professional concepts, ethical codes, work norms, specialization, recruitment, education, and work roles in an organizational context. Prereq: jr st & Sociol 101(P) or 104(P); or grad st.
SOCIOL 444 - Sociology of the Body (3 units; U/G)
How the body is shaped by social forces. Relationship between the body, identity, and culture, focusing on gender, race/ethnicity, and disability. Prereq: jr st & any Sociol course; or grad st.
SOCIOL 448 - Sociology of Children and Adolescents (3 units; U/G)
Theoretical perspectives and research methods addressing substantive issues in children's and adolescents' lives, including peer cultures, schooling, families, gender, race, class, health, and work. Prereq: jr st & any Sociol course; or grad st.
SOCIOL 450 - Environmental Sociology (3 units; U)
Sociological analysis of the interaction between humans, their artifacts, and the natural environment. Prereq: jr st & Sociol 101(P).
SOCIOL 452 - Social Networks in Global Commerce (3 units; U)
Social networks that connect business people and companies; how networks mediate activities in a global economy; how networks are shaped by national culture and institutions. Prereq: jr st & a Sociol 100-level course; or grad st.
SOCIOL 461 - Multivariate Data Analysis for Social Research (3 units; U/G)
Advanced practical training in multivariate regression using real, large datasets (surveys, census data, etc.); how multiple independent variables influence a dependent variable. No cr for students w/cr in Sociol 499 with similar topic. Prereq: jr st, Sociol 261(P) or approved stats course; or grad st.
SOCIOL 472 - Population and Society (3 units; U/G)
Concepts and methodology of demographic analysis. Nature and framework of population theories and research. Consideration of the social and economic determinants and consequences of trends in mortality, fertility, and migration. Prereq: jr st; 9 cr in Sociol at 200-level or above.
SOCIOL 476 - Sociology of International Public Health (3 units; U/G)
Social, economic, and political factors that influence inequality in health at the global level; interacting influence of micro and macro forces on public health. Prereq: jr st; 9 cr in Sociol at 200-level or above; or grad st.
SOCIOL 489 - Internship in Sociology, Upper Division (3 units; U)
Application of advanced principles of sociology in a business, organization, educational, political or other appropriate setting; includes course work and 120 hrs field work. Prereq: jr st; declared Sociol major or minor; Sociol 361(P); 2.75 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
SOCIOL 493 - Capstone Seminar in Sociology (3 units; U)
Summary and integration of ideas from diverse Sociology courses. For Sociol majors in their last year of study. Prereq: sr st; declared Sociol major; grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score at level 4 on EPT.
SOCIOL 495 - Seminar in Sociology: (3 units; U/G)
Intensive study in a selected area of Sociology. Designed to encourage discussion, debate, and critical thinking. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 6 cr 200-level or above Sociol or cons instr.
SOCIOL 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
SOCIOL 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
SOCIOL 610 - Reproduction of Minority Communities (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of the social, economic, and cultural forces behind the formation and reproduction of minority and disadvantaged communities in the United States. Jointly-offered w/& counts as repeat of Ed Pol 610. Prereq: jr st; any Sociol 100-level course.
SOCIOL 697 - Organizational Admin Capstone (3 units; U)
Internship, case analysis, or independent study that synthesizes course work in graded paper. Commun 697, Econ 697, & Sociol 697 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: sr st; declared org adm major; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; cons instr.