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Sociology Program Information
Sociology focuses on human behavior in the context of culture and society. Its task is to understand human beings -- what they do and why they do it. Sociologists try to bring into focus the familiar and the mysterious behavior of people and make the behavior understandable. In sociology, understanding is sought through systematic observation and analysis. Though no one has yet arrived at a total understanding of human behavior, sociology offers the adventure of acquiring understanding beyond the point we reach in our usual day-to-day existence. Students learn about people as social beings and gain an understanding of the relationship between society and the individual. Given that such an understanding is essential to successful social interactions, whether in business, leisure or personal relations, sociology is an important facet of a college education.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with an integrated body of knowledge leading to careers in, for example, community service, social work, counseling, marketing research, criminal justice and personnel management. The curriculum offers a strong background for persons who wish to enter such professional schools as law, social work, theology and business, as well as graduate training in sociology and other closely related fields (psychology, political science, criminal justice, communication and philosophy).The sociology curriculum at UL Lafayette offers a variety of courses in sociology, representing the areas of sociological theory, social research methods, criminology, minorities, social problems, religion, deviance, medical and urban sociology, social stratification and death and dying). In order to obtain this degree, students must take 31 hours in sociology and must also earn an 18 hour "minor" in another field (such as criminal justice, psychology or communication) that is in some way related to sociology or the student's career interests. The curriculum also requires courses in such areas as English, history, modern language, mathemathics, biological and physical sciences, communication, the arts and humanities, behavioral science and computer science.
A complete listing of course requirements is available in PDF.
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2005-2007 / 2007-2009 / 2009-11 / 2011-2013 / 2013-2015

100.  General Sociology. (3, 0, 3). Introduction to the discipline. Emphasis on sociological perspectives and core concepts.

241.  Contemporary Social Problems. (3, 0, 3).
Focuses on the sources of society's problems. Emphasis on existing resources and possible solutions.

254. Introduction LGBT Cultural Studies. (3, 0, 3). Interdisciplinary approach to scientific study of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people; examination of sexuality and gender as categories for investigation; theories and research on minority sexualilties and genders.

280. Sociology Disability. (3, 0, 3). Analysis of the social and physical aspects of the disabled experience.

301. Synthesizing within Sociology. (3, 0, 3). Analysis of sociological texts and responding with written theses in sociological format.

305.  Marriage and the Family. (3, 0, 3). Cross-cultural analysis of the institutions of marriage and family, and human sexuality. Prereq: SOCI 100 or permission of instructor.

306. Quantitative Sociological Research. (3, 0, 3).
Design of research models with emphasis on quantitative techniques of gathering, recording, and analyzing data. Prereq: SOCI 100 and SOCI 301; STAT 214 or STAT 325. Coreq: SOCI 307.

307. Quantitative Sociological Research Laboratory. (0, 2, 1). Coreq: SOCI 306.

308.  Social Research. (3, 0, 3). Qualitative research techniques gathering, recording and analyzing data. Prereq: SOCI 100; STAT 214 or STAT 325. Coreq:  SOCI 309.

309.  Social Research Laboratory. (0, 2, 1). 
Coreq:  SOCI 308. 

310.  Minority Groups. (3, 0, 3).
A cross-cultural analysis of the social relationships between majority and minority ethnic groups, including women. Emphasis on cultural differences, social policies, and theories of prejudice and discrimination. Prereq: SOCI 100 or permission of instructor.

350.  Sociology of Deviance. (3, 0, 3)
. Descriptive and theoretical analysis of alternate life styles in American society. Prereq: SOCI 100 or permission of instructor.

362.  Criminology. (3, 0, 3).
Examination of crime and criminal behavior from a sociological perspective. Special emphasis on theories of crime, corrections, treatment and rehabilitation. Prereq: SOCI 100 or permission of instructor.

364.  Juvenile Delinquency. (3, 0, 3). A study of the distribution and causes of juvenile delinquency in American society, with particular emphasis paid to correctional policies for juvenile offenders.  Prereq: SOCI 100 or permission of instructor.

370.  Sociology of Religion. (3, 0, 3).
Religion as a structural feature of human societies; the role of religion in the genesis of modern societies; features of religion and society in the United States; religious organizations. Prereq: SOCI 100 or permission of instructor.

374.  Introduction to Social Work.  (3, 0, 3). 
Basic principles of social work practice, i.e. individual, group and community.  Social services (mental health, health care, school, correctional services, the elderly, minorities, rural verses urban, drug usage), and professional development within the field. 

391-392.  Internship in Community Organization I, II. (1-6).
Practical experience in community agencies under supervision. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

395.  Political Sociology. (3, 0, 3).
The social analysis of power, political behavior and social movements. Prereq: SOCI 100 or permission of instructor.

To enroll in any 400-level course, students must be admitted to the Upper Division; to enroll in a 400(G)-level course in which there are graduate students, students must have junior or higher standing.

408(G).  Advanced Social Research. (3, 0, 3).
An advanced social research course emphasizing development and implementation of research designs and actual collection, coding, analysis and interpretation of data.  Completion of a research project to include data manipulation and hypothesis testing by computer is required. Prereq:  SOCI 308 and permission of instructor.

411(G).  Sociological Theory. (3, 0, 3).
A conceptual analysis of sociological theory from Comte to contemporary theorists. Prereq: SOCI 100.

420(G).  Social Interaction. (3, 0, 3).
Sociological analysis of symbolic interaction and exchange patterns within informal situations.

430(G).  Medical Sociology. (3, 0, 3).
A study of the social organization of healthcare systems and of the social factors related to health and illness. Prereq: SOCI 100 and at least junior standing.

452(G).  Social Stratification. (3, 0, 3).
An examination of the dynamics of inequality, including types of inequality and mechanisms of social mobility. Prereq: SOCI 100.

454(G).  Gender Across Cultures. (3, 0, 3).
Application of social definitions of appropriate and inappropriate thought, feeling, behavior, and appearance on various gender categories.  Emphasis on multiple cultures and contexts.  (Same as ANTH 454(G).  Prereq: ANTH 201, SOCI 100 and SOCI 254.  Restr: If prerequisite not met permission of instructor is required.

480(G).  Death and Dying. (3, 0, 3). Examines both individual and collective death-related attitudes, expectations, and behaviors with emphasis on the social implications of death and dying. Prereq: SOCI 100. Restr: Permission of instructor for all non-Sociology majors only.

494(G).  Seminar in Sociology . (3, 0, 3)
. Restr: Permission of instructor required.

497(G)-498(G).  Special Projects in Sociology I, II. (3 ea.)
. Restr: Permission of department head required.
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Department of Sociology/Anthropology
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