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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & 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.

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 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 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 must complete a capstone experience in sociology. This requirement may be met by completing one of the following two courses:

SOCIOL 489

Internship in Sociology, Upper Division

SOCIOL 493

Capstone Seminar in Sociology

Because capstone courses no longer are offered regularly, students who took SOCIOL 361, "Research Methods," during fall 2005 or later should meet with their L&S advisor to elect the current graduation requirements, which do not require a capstone. Others should confer with their sociology advisor about meeting the capstone requirement.

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

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

Honors in the Major

Sociology majors who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in courses taken 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. In addition, majors who maintained at least a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.3 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 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 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 (such as MTHSTAT 215 or PSYCH 210) 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.

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Faculty

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

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

Marcus Britton, Asst. 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 Cauchat, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Connecticut

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

Ann L. Greer, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Jennifer R. Jordan, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, San Diego

Nancy Mathiowetz, Prof., PhD
University of Michigan

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

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

Rhonda Montgomery, Prof., PhD
University of Minnesota

Joan W. Moore, Prof. Emerita, PhD

Donald L. Noel, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Stacey J. Oliker, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley

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

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

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

Heeju Shin, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Texas at Austin

William Vélez, Prof., PhD
Yale University

Frank H. Wilson, Prof., PhD
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor



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