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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

College of Letters and Science

Sociology

Sociology examines how the web of relationships in which we live shapes what we do, think, and feel. The sociologist studies how patterns in our personalities, preferences, choices, and life chances emerge in interactions and in our participation in groups, social institutions, and social structures of opportunity and constraint. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges widely, from the family to the anonymous crowd, from organized religion to organized crime, from conflicts and inequalities to shared beliefs of our culture. As social scientists, we employ a variety of careful methods of research to generate trustworthy conclusions.

Individuals who have majored or minored in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have found employment in a wide variety of occupations in business, education, or the social services or have gone on to graduate or professional schools.

Course of Study: Major

Students must complete at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.500 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.500 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

The major in sociology requires a minimum of 30 credits including the following:

Sociol 261

Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology

Sociol 361

Research Methods in Sociology (satisfies L&S research requirement)

Sociol 375

History of Sociological Theory

Sociol 376

Modern Sociological Theory

 

At least 15 credits must be in upper-division (300-level and above) sociology courses taken in residence at UWM. With the approval of the undergraduate advisor, students who have completed an elementary statistics course in another discipline may be exempted from the Sociol 261 requirement.

Majors who began their university undergraduate studies between 1998-99 and summer 2006 may need to complete different requirements. Please contact the Sociology Department for further information.

Students in the Schools of Education and Social Welfare should consult their programs regarding social science requirements.

Sociology courses often are cross-listed with several certificate programs and interdepartmental majors.

Declare Your Sociology Major with an Advisor
To declare your major or minor in Sociology, you will need to:

  1. Print an unofficial transcript. To do so:
    • Log in to PAWS
    • Under the yellow Academics header, click in the drop down menu and select Transcript: View Unofficial, then click the yellow arrow button
    • Select the Undergraduate or Graduate Transcript and default Output Destination Type (email), then click the Submit Transcript Request button
    • A PDF copy will be delivered to your UWM Email Address immediately
  2. Pick up an Information for the Prospective Sociology Major packet or a Minor Information sheet in the Department Office, Bolton Hall, Rm. 714.
  3. Meet with one of the Sociology Undergraduate Faculty Advisors during their walk-in office hours to sign-up and determine your course plan. Walk-in advising hours are available at https://uwm.edu/sociology/undergraduate/declare-major-minor/. If you cannot attend walk-in advising hours, please contact one of the advisors by phone or e-mail to arrange an appointment. Please bring your unofficial transcript with you.

Honors in the Major

Sociology majors who have maintained at least a 3.000 GPA overall, a 3.500 GPA in all courses attempted for the major, and a 3.500 in all advanced-level (numbered 300 and above) courses attempted for the major are awarded the distinction “Honors in the Major” when they graduate. An "Honors in the Major" notation will appear on the student's transcript.

Sociology Honor Society

In addition, majors who maintained at least a 3.000 GPA overall and a 3.300 GPA in courses taken for the major are invited to join Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. Sociology faculty members annually select academically talented majors for both the "Distinguished Scholar Award" as well as the “Joan W. Moore Service Scholar Award.” Both awards are presented to an accomplished junior or senior in the major each spring at the department’s award ceremony.

Course of Study: Minor

Students must complete at least 9 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the minor in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.500 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.500 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

The minor in sociology requires 18 credits distributed as follows:

Sociol 261

Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology

Sociol 361

Research Methods in Sociology

Sociol 375

History of Sociological Theory

Any two additional sociology courses at the 300 level or above, totaling at least 6 cr.

Elective

3 cr Sociol any level


With the approval of the undergraduate advisor, minors may substitute an elementary statistics course from another discipline for the Sociol 261 requirement. Those who have completed a methods course in a related discipline may be exempted from the Sociol 361 requirement, with the approval of the undergraduate advisor. Students who receive exemption from Sociol 361 must take an additional upper-division Sociol course for the minor.

 


Courses


Sociology (SOCIOL)



Faculty

A. Aneesh, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Rutgers University

Lakshmi K. Bharadwaj, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Marcus Britton, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Northwestern University

Celeste Campos-Castillo, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Iowa

Noelle Chesley, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Cornell University

Cary Gabriel Costello, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Ronald S. Edari, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Chava Frankfort-Nachmias, Assoc. Prof. Emerita, PhD

Gordon Gauchat, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Connecticut

Donald E. Green, Assoc. Prof., PhD, Chair
University of Minnesota

Ann L. Greer, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Jennifer A. Jordan, Prof., PhD
University of California, San Diego

Nancy Mathiowetz, Prof. Emerita, PhD

William W. Mayrl, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Oriol Mirosa, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joan W. Moore, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Donald L. Noel, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Timothy O'Brien, Asst. Prof., PhD
Indiana University

Stacey J. Oliker, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Kent Redding, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aki Roberts, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of New Mexico

John M. Roberts, Jr., Prof., PhD
Cornell University

William Vélez, Prof., PhD
Yale University

Frank H. Wilson, Prof. Emeritus, PhD




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