Courses for Fall 2018

  • Social Problems

    Revolution and Social Movements. Urbanization and Globalization. War and Genocide. These are all examples of social change, and sociology, the discipline for which this course serves as introduction, seeks to understand, and explain, them all and other transformations too. We focus in particular on how technology and power relations help us explain variations in social change, and how culture shapes our recognition and evaluation of those transformations. Although analyzing the USA today is our common ground, our method is both comparative (other societies) and historical (focusing especially on the 20th and 21st centuries).
    SOC 0010A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schrank
  • Perspectives on Social Interaction: An Introduction to Social Psychology

    An introduction to the discipline of sociology examining the individual in social situations. Explores the social development of the person, the development of interpersonal relationships, and the problems of integrating the individual and social system. For each area, the personal and situational factors that bear upon the issue are investigated. The objective is to deepen understanding of the behavior of people in a social context.
    SOC 0020 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
  • Social Inequality: Change and Continuity in the U.S.

    Although we like to believe the U.S. is the land of opportunity, it has lower equality of opportunity than most developed countries. What does inequality of opportunity in the U.S. look like and how has it changed or remained stable over the last several decades? We will examine theories, characteristics, and trends of socioeconomic inequality in the U.S., focusing on how this inequality shapes children’s life chances. In the process, this course will help us think about what an ideal level of equality of opportunity might look like and social changes that could help us achieve it.
    SOC 0300N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rauscher
  • Theory and Practice of Engaged Scholarship (ESP Seminar)

    Efforts are underway across university and college campuses -- in the United States and globally -- to increase opportunities for engaged learning and research. What is engaged scholarship and how does it challenge (and/or complement) more traditional concepts of scholarship and disciplinary knowledge? What are the ethical, practical, and other challenges associated with community-engaged scholarship? The course will use case studies, field work, team projects, and guest speakers from diverse disciplines and sectors to investigate these and other questions. Enrollment limited to Engaged Scholars Program participants. Limited to 20 students per section.
    SOC 0310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hance
  • Classical Sociological Theory

    Why do we follow social rules and conventions? And how is social change – that is, the making of new rules and expectations – possible? When we respond to rules, do we act as free-willing individuals or do we follows social structures we have no control over? These questions have motivated generations of sociologists, but many of the arguments have been already developed by the four "forefathers" of sociology: Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Georg Simmel. Looking at the transformations around them – the rise of capitalism, the modern nation-state, rational bureaucracy, the metropolitan, the decline of religion, and much more – they developed arguments that allow us to better understand ourselves, our actions, and the contemporary political, economic and social transformations around us.
    SOC 1010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
  • Leadership in Organizations

    What is leadership? What makes a great leader? Can leadership be learned? Improved? This course explores various theoretical approaches to leadership using a combination of lectures and case-study analysis. Additionally, it aims at developing your personal leadership skills by using self-exploration and reflection, self-assessment instruments, role-play, and feedback from peers. Enrollment limited to 100.
    SOC 1060 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ozkazanc-Pan
  • Introductory Statistics for Social Research

    Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics: measures of central tendencies and variability, sampling, tests of significance, correlation, and regression. Also includes the use of computers in data analysis. Knowledge of elementary algebra is assumed. Enrollment is limited to 144 students.
    SOC 1100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    White
    SOC 1100 L01
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    L: Lab
    SOC 1100 L02
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    SOC 1100 L03
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    SOC 1100 L04
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    SOC 1100 L05
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    SOC 1100 L06
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  • EPIC: Ethnographic Praxis in Industry

    A community of practitioners and their eponymous annual gathering, EPIC promotes the use and value of ethnography in industry. EPIC people work to ensure that innovation, strategies, processes and products address business opportunities that are anchored in what matters to people in their everyday lives today and over time. This course explores the tools and resources used by ethnographers in industry. We will study the EPIC community as a tribe of ethnographers working in a particular context with its own language, practices and beliefs regarding the use of ethnographic skills.
    SOC 1127 S01
    Primary Instructor
    DiCarlo
  • Market Research in Public and Private Sectors

    Introduction to data and research methods for private and public sector organizations. Data used in market research include trends in the population of consumers, economic trends, trends within sectors and industries, analyses of product sales and services, and specific studies of products, promotional efforts, and consumer reactions. Emphasizes the use of demographic, GIS, and other available data.
    SOC 1260 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
  • Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World

    Applies sociological analysis to understand present and historical cases of ethnic and race relations and conflicts. Topics addressed are the social construction of race and ethnicity; historical processes of racialization; ethnic conflict and the nation state; and the linkages between race, class, and social mobility. Focuses on racial and ethnic relations in the U.S., but also has a strong international comparative component.
    SOC 1270 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
  • Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations

    Micro-Organizational Theory focuses on the human dynamics of organizations as natural systems. It examines how individual attitudes, actions, and interactions make a difference for organizational processes and outcomes. This focus is contrasted with more macro-level approaches, which take the organization (instead of the individual) as the primary unit of analysis. For example, studies of organizations from an economic perspective are typically concerned with the performance of the organization relative to its competitors. Studies of organizations from a macro-sociological focus are typically concerned with an organization's routines and structures, contextualized by the broader environment. SOC 1311 takes a more micro and meso perspective that asks questions such as, "why do individuals in organization behave the way they do, how does this affect the organizations of which they are a part and how, in turn, are individuals affected by their organizations?"
    SOC 1311 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
    SOC 1311 C01
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    SOC 1311 C02
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    SOC 1311 C03
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    SOC 1311 C04
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    SOC 1311 C05
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    SOC 1311 C06
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  • Globalization and Social Conflict

    Examines the effect globalization is having on the economies and societies of the developed and developing world. Focuses in particular on how new forms of global production and networking are transforming the traditional role of the nation-state, creating new dynamics of wealth distribution, and generating new sources of social conflict and political contestation, including transnational social movements.
    SOC 1620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
  • Alternatives to Violence

    We examine nonviolence as a method for resolving serious social conflict. We consider psychological and sociological approaches to understanding why people choose violence, as a precursor to studying theories of nonviolence. We investigate practioners of nonviolence throughout history and analyze nonviolence as a response to such issues as the death penalty, war, and terrorism.
    SOC 1870E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
  • Senior Seminar

    Advanced research seminar for sociology concentrators. Students take each semester in senior year to work on an honors thesis. Participants examine methods for analyzing, writing, and presenting thesis material and apply peer review techniques in assessing each other's work. Culminates in presentation of thesis to the department. Students doing independent study research may also participate with the instructor's permission. Required for "honors" in sociology.
    SOC 1950 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
  • Individual Research Project

    Supervised reading or research. Specific program arranged in terms of the student's individual needs and interests. Required of intensive concentrators; open to others only by written consent of the Chair of the department. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    SOC 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chorev
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    SOC 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Owens
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    SOC 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Franklin
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    SOC 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
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    SOC 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Fennell
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    SOC 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
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    SOC 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
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    SOC 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
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    SOC 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Hirschman
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    SOC 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
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    SOC 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Lindstrom
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    SOC 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Logan
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    SOC 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
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    SOC 1970 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Lopez Sanders
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    SOC 1970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
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    SOC 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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    SOC 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
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    SOC 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Short
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    SOC 1970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Qian
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    SOC 1970 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Frickel
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    SOC 1970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    White
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    SOC 1970 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Kennedy
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    SOC 1970 S23
    Primary Instructor
    DiCarlo
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    SOC 1970 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Jackson
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    SOC 1970 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Schrank
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    SOC 1970 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Johnson
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    SOC 1970 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Ozkazanc-Pan
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  • Senior Honors Thesis

    Research seminar for students writing an honors thesis. Under the direction of a faculty advisor, students construct and carry out a research project. The written report of the research is submitted to the advisor for honors consideration. A second reader selected by the thesis advisor certifies that the thesis is of honors quality. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    SOC 1980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Franklin
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    SOC 1980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Jackson
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    SOC 1980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Qian
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    SOC 1980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
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    SOC 1980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Fennell
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    SOC 1980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
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    SOC 1980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
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    SOC 1980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
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    SOC 1980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    DiCarlo
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    SOC 1980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
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    SOC 1980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Lindstrom
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    SOC 1980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Logan
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    SOC 1980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Frickel
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    SOC 1980 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Hirschman
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    SOC 1980 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Lopez Sanders
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    SOC 1980 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Chorev
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    SOC 1980 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Owens
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    SOC 1980 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Short
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    SOC 1980 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
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    SOC 1980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
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    SOC 1980 S21
    Primary Instructor
    White
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    SOC 1980 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Kennedy
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    SOC 1980 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
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    SOC 1980 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Schrank
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    SOC 1980 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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  • Multivariate Statistical Methods I

    Introduction to probability, descriptive statistics and statistical inference. Coverage of the linear model, its assumptions and potential biases. Emphasis on hypothesis testing, model selection and interpretation through application with real data.
    SOC 2010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    White
  • Classical Sociological Theory

    This is a graduate-level course requires students to engage in detailed analysis and critical review of sociological thought of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The class will introduce students to the critical thinking, methodological innovation, and historical imagination of sociological theory by reading the original texts of the forefathers of sociology, including Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim and others.
    SOC 2040 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hirschman
  • Principles of Population

    An advanced introduction to theoretical and substantive issues in the social scientific study of population. Major areas within sociology are integrated with the study of population, including the comparative–historical analysis of development, family processes, social stratification, ethnicity, ecological studies, and social policy. Primarily for first year Graduate students.
    SOC 2080 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Short
  • The Souls of Sociology: W.E.B Du Bois and Critical Sociologies of Race

    This course investigates Du Bois’ empirical and theoretical sociological work and its implications for contemporary sociology. W.E.B Du Bois is recognized as a pioneer of sociology of race, but his work is seldom explored. The first part of this course we discuss in-depth Du Bois work to construct the bases for a Du Boisian sociology. The second part we will read contemporary theories of race through the lens of Du Bois’ work. The final section we will read contemporary empirical works in the field of race and ethnicity, reflect how we would conduct them differently from a Du Boisian perspective.
    SOC 2260G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
  • Welfare States

    This seminar examines the political sociology of welfare states and social policies in the United States and abroad. It reviews major theories accounting for the origins and subsequent development of welfare states, explains the "exceptional" nature of American social policy, and discusses recent welfare reforms via institutional histories and in depth case studies.
    SOC 2300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
  • Environmental Sociology

    As contestation over environmental concerns proliferates, it draws increasing attention from sociologists. But sociological research on environmental issues raises major challenges. Social-environmental relationships raise theoretical and methodological questions: How do we know an “environmental” issue when we see one? How can we effectively examine the relationships between environmental processes and social processes and structures?
    SOC 2385 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Frickel
  • Fields and Methods of Social Research

    Introduction to strategies sociologists use to formulate theories and conduct methodologically sound research. Hypothesis formulation and research design; special emphasis on identifying causal mechanisms, techniques of operationalization, and choice of relevant comparisons.
    SOC 2430 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Schrank
  • Sociology Paper Writing Seminar

    This is a special seminar for graduate students in Sociology on the art of writing research papers for publication. The goals of the course are to: 1) learn the process of writing by drafting or redrafting a complete research paper, one section at a time 2) participate in the process of critical peer review 3)become knowledgeable about the process of submission/publication in peer-reviewed journals in Sociology and related social science fields 4) become more familiar with the often hidden processes of journal review , publication ethics, and interpreting/responding to editorial decisions
    SOC 2460 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
  • Teaching Practicum in Sociology

    This course is designed for sociology graduate students whose funding has prohibited a teaching assistantship but who need to complete the departmental teaching requirement. The instructor for this course will default as the department chair but it is the graduate student's responsibility to identify an instructor to work alongside. This partnership must be approved by the director of graduate study.
    SOC 2500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
  • Causal Analysis

    “Does premarital cohabitation protect marriage?” “Does reducing class size improve elementary school education?” “Is there racial discrimination in the market for home loans?” We often use associations to claim causal effects. This course provides a broad introduction to causal analysis. We will address causal inference from observational and quasi-experimental research designs. Topics include instrumental variables estimation, difference-in-difference models, regression discontinuity, matching, propensity scores, heterogeneous treatment effects, and fixed effects models. The prerequisite of this course is SOC 2020 or equivalent.
    SOC 2960Y S01
    Primary Instructor
    Qian
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    SOC 2970 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    SOC 2980 S01
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    SOC 2980 S02
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    SOC 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
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    SOC 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Elliott
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    SOC 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Fennell
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    SOC 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    DiCarlo
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    SOC 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Heller
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    SOC 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
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    SOC 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Hirschman
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    SOC 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Itzigsohn
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    SOC 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Lindstrom
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    SOC 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Logan
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    SOC 2980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Frickel
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    SOC 2980 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Franklin
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    SOC 2980 S15
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    SOC 2980 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Jackson
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    SOC 2980 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Kennedy
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    SOC 2980 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Short
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    SOC 2980 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Lopez Sanders
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    SOC 2980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
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    SOC 2980 S21
    Primary Instructor
    White
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    SOC 2980 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Chorev
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    SOC 2980 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Schrank
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    SOC 2980 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Suchman
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    SOC 2980 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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    SOC 2980 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Pacewicz
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    SOC 2980 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Qian
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    SOC 2980 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Owens
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  • Directed Research Practicum - MSAR Students Only

    The Directed Research Practicum is a one semester course taken in conjunction with an on- or off-campus research internship. The course consists of a directed reading of methodological texts and research articles selected by the student and the faculty director that are directly relevant to the methodological issues/challenges encountered in the internship. The student and faculty director will meet weekly to review the readings. The practicum may include written assignments, literature reviews, and data analysis exercises. Faculty directors need not be involved with the actual internship work, unless the student is working on the faculty member’s research project.
    SOC 2982 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Spearin
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    SOC 2990 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep