ANTH 1105. Cultural Anthropology (3-0-3) A comparative, descriptive, non-technical study of non-literate folk societies. Topics include: basic institutions; value systems; the nature of culture, its content, patterns and changes; the impact of the cultural milieu on socialization and personality development.
ANTH 3107. Evolution of Social Stratification and Inequality (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ANTH 1105. An examination of social inequality, the long-term evolution of increasingly complex social hierarchies, and social stratification (based on class, estate, caste) throughout history. Features a historical review of anthropological theories devised to track and characterize levels of social inequality, and to identify the forces and processes that build and maintain status hierarchies. Ethnographic literature will be used to illustrate cases where access to high status is based upon such varied factors as kin relations, gender, ethnicity, wealth, and social prestige.
COMM 3145. Family Communication (3-0-3) Prerequisites: COMM 2105, 2110, 2136 or 2137. Analysis of the communication processes within the family as well as the extent to which they affect and are affected by larger social systems.
COMM 4107. Communication, Gender, and Sexuality (3-0-3) Prerequisites: COMM 1110, COMM 2105, and Junior Standing. Examines multiple relationships between communication, gender, and sexuality. Emphasizes how communication creates gender and power roles and how communicative patterns create, sustain, reflect, and alter social conceptions of gender and sexuality.
CRJU 2116. Victims of Violence (3-0-3) Theories of victimization and the extent of victimization in society introduces this course. Spouse abuse, child maltreatment, elder abuse, rape, homicide, and issues in victims rights are discussed to illustrate the interaction between the victim, the criminal, the criminal justice system, and society.
CRJU 3135. Women in Crime and Justice (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. A comprehensive overview of women offenders, women victims, and women workers in the criminal justice system.
HIST 3555. History Topics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Any 1000 or 2000 level HIST course. Topics vary according to instructor. May be repeated three times for credit with different topics.
HIST 5555. Selected Topics in World History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. The topics selected will vary with the professor offering the course. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)
HIST 5559. Selected Topics in United States History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Selected topics in United States history. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)
HIST 5575. Selected Topics in European History (3-0-3) Prerequisite: HIST 3125 with a grade of C or better or consent of chair. Selected topics in the history of modern Europe. Graduate students will have reading or research projects not required of undergraduates. May be taken up to three times for credit if topic varies. (Course Fee Required)
POLS 3134. Feminist Political Thought (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101. This course will enable students to identify the social interaction processes that seem to maintain continuity in gender-related behavior, identify the contemporary norms associated with hegemonic masculinity and analyze the consequence of those norms for men and their families, and explain how women from different racial or ethnic groups or economic classes differ in their perceptions and attitudes on feminist issues.
POLS 3165. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101. This course provides an in-depth examination of American civil rights and civil liberties, focusing on the differences between them and how they have developed over time.
POLS 3555. Selected Topics In Political Science (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101. This course will examine issues related to government and institutions in the public sector. Topics will vary with the instructor. Course may be taken three times for credit only if the topic varies.
SOCI 3107. African Women and Development (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. Explore theoretical questions and methodological concerns about modernization and the phenomena of industrial development, the social implications of development on the status of women in African societies, and the significance of women's grassroots organizations versus government organizations.
SOCI 3129. Sociology of Gender (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will explore the core ideas and socially constructed concepts that create male and female gender-roles in our culture. Examines how behavior associated with gender-roles have come to be defined by the influence of social institutions. Examines the biological differences and similarities between the sexes that have helped perpetuate gender-roles.
SOCI 3138. Sociology of Domestic Abuse (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 or CRJU 1105 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will examine the various types of domestic abuse within a sociological framework. Types of interpersonal abuse presented will include child abuse (e.g., physical abuse, verbal/psychological abuse, sexual abuse, etc.), spouse abuse (e.g., physical abuse, verbal/psychological abuse, and including spousal rape), elder abuse (e.g., physical abuse, verbal/psychological abuse, exploitation and financial abuse, etc.), and rape (including date rape). Students will explore interpersonal abuse while learning about the social and cultural forces that perpetuate the abuse (e.g., cultures of violence, gender roles, rape-prone cultures and climates, etc.). Finally, students will be exposed to social policy as it relates to interpersonal abuse and a topical view of various intervention techniques being employed to reduce incidents of interpersonal abuse.