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School of Arts and Sciences | Sociology


Aims and Objectives

Ursuline's sociology program provides students with theoretical and methodological tools. Students gain insight in understanding various elements of society. The program is designed to impart a broad intellectual and sociological background which will help prepare students for a variety of careers and to prepare undergraduates for advanced study in sociology.

Sociology Fact Sheet

Course Requirements


Sociology Major
An undergraduate major in sociology is especially useful if human relations are central to the career goal. Often such jobs are available in public and private social agencies concerned with child care, the homeless, domestic violence, family services, public health, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, drug abuse, mental health, social security, the elderly, minority affairs, labor management problems or environmental improvement.

A bachelor's degree in sociology enables one to work in private business and local, state, and federal governments. The sociology major prepares students for graduate training in a variety of professions that include education (college and high school level), law, medicine, journalism, urban planning, government service, corrections and non-profit administration.



Course Descriptions


SO 103
Principles of Sociology (3)
The scientific study of human social life that describes and explains how our social world works and how it influences our personal lives. This introductory course focuses on the values, institutions, organizations and other social forces that shape American culture and society. Ursuline Studies Stage I Society satellite.

SO 104
Social Problems (3)
An analysis of contemporary American social issues including topics such as poverty, crime, race relations, war, population, the aged, education, the family, health and mental illness, and drug abuse.

SO 155
Learning Disabilities Program (1-4)
On-campus program working with children experiencing learning, behavioral and emotional problems in either an intense five week summer camp setting or a Saturday morning social-recreational program. Weekly meetings for orientation, discussion of specific problems, and evaluation of the experience. Cross-listed with PS 155.

SO 215
Civil Rights Movement (3)
An examination of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1970. The Movement began in the South when a large number of African Americans and others organized through non-violent tactics and risked their lives to fight for racial equality through activities such as boycotts, marches and sit-ins.

SO 225
Human Origins (3)
An introduction to the origin and changes through time in humans and their cultures, study of human biological diversity and primate behavior.

SO 235
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
An exploration of human cultural diversity in areas such as culture and personality, religion and magic, politics and economics, and the family. Comparative studies of varied contemporary cultures. Ursuline Studies Stage II World Culture satellite (WO).

SO 245
Anthropology of Aging (3)
Cross-cultural study of aging. Endeavors to delineate the effects of aging as separated from the cultural observations and expectations of elders in a particular society.

SO 319
Criminology (3)
A consideration of the types and multiple causes of crime, preventive measures and correctional procedures with a special focus on examining different types of crime in Cleveland.

SO 322
Urban Sociology (3)
Analysis of the urban environment (especially Cleveland, Ohio) from various theoretical perspectives is combined with the study of current issues affecting urban life. The interaction of various levels of government, community power structures and community action efforts and demographic characteristics are examined.

SO 323
Minority Studies (3)
A study of various minority groups in the United States, e.g., African, Latina, Asian, Native American and women; their history, special cultural background, contributions, and prejudice and discrimination experienced by each.

SO 325
Ethnic Studies (3)
An examination of contemporary American ethnic groups, e.g., Irish, Italian, Polish, Jewish, Mexican, Japanese, and German Americans, with emphasis on their life-styles and organizational patterns, history, culture, customs, traditions, demography, institutions, religious participation, family life, politics and issues.

SO 338
Sociological Theory (3)
Selected theoretical perspectives are considered in relation to classic sociologists and their implications for research in sociology and social work practice.

SO 351, 352
Reading Seminar (3, 3)
Professional needs of students, research interests of faculty and current sociological topics are potential sources for the development of seminar topics. These topics are discussed in relation to relevant literature in sociology.

SO 408
Family Studies (3)
An analysis of the modern American family emphasizing dating, marrying, childrearing, divorce, historical changes, non-traditional family patterns, and the influence of contemporary society.

SO 416
Field Experience in Gerontology (3)
Students learn to apply principles from the classroom in agencies that serve aging clients. The purpose of this is to provide field experience exposure to the needs and the problems of older persons. Students learn firsthand how these problems are addressed in the various agencies. 8 hours per week; 120 hours per semester spent on-site. Prerequisites: PS 230; SO 245, PS 415 or an RS course in Pastoral Counseling.

SO 422
Social Psychology (3)
An analysis of the influence of social groups on individual behavior, with special attention to recent research regarding public opinion, propaganda, integroup relations, leadership, and group dynamics.

SO 423
Crowd and Mass Behavior (3)
Collective behavior resulting from social unrest; the formation and behavior of crowds, mobs, cults and sects; panic and disaster behavior; social movements; types of mass behavior including rumors, fads, and the formation of public opinion.

SO 430
Social Gerontology (3)
A study of the physical, societal, anthropological, and psychological aspects of aging and of the institutional alternatives for the care of the elderly in our society.

SO 434
Research Methods (3)
Research concepts, ethics, and designs are examined. Social work majors focus on their application to social work practice, especially the single-subject design. Sociology students develop a research design for an appropriate topic. Prerequisites: SO 338; MA 212.

SO 441
Class, Social, and Gender Inequality (3)
An analysis of class, status and power in American society; causes and consequences of class and social inequality including gender, age and ethnic discrimination; factors that have kept women subordinate to men in the family and labor force.

SO 451, 452
Seminar Topics in Contemporary Social Issues (3, 3)
Current problems and issues in sociology are discussed in an effort to help students integrate theoretical information with the complexities of their practical application.

SO 461, 462
Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)
Independent study program on selected topics. Discussions with faculty advisor. Permission of department chair required.

SO 475, 476
Academic Internship (1-6)
An off-campus learning experience to provide the student with the opportunity to relate academic and educational goals to learning experiences and situations beyond the limits of the classroom.

SO 288, 488
Special Topics (3, 3)

SO 199, 299, 399, 499
External Learning Assessment (credit varies)
Measurable and verifiable learning which has occurred outside of the traditional classroom. Numerical designation indicates level of proficiency in the topic. Courses for which there is an exact Ursuline College equivalent are listed by the appropriate numerical designation. "PL" is listed before all course titles for which credit is granted through external learning assessment.