Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Sociology

Bachelor of Arts

Jonathan Laskowitz, Associate Professor and Chair

Students pursuing a degree in sociology in the School of Humanities and Sciences explore the complex dynamics that exist between individuals and the social forces that shape them.

How do societies change? What makes social order possible? What are the sources of conflict in society? How is power exercised and how is ideology used to control people? How do people organize to create change? How do racial and ethnic prejudices develop and become entrenched in society? How do we define human sexuality and sexual norms? How has the family unit evolved over time?

These are the kinds of questions students grapple with in courses in the sociology major at Ithaca College. In the process, they come to a deeper understanding of their own values and societal roles, and begin to see how they can effect changes in individual behaviors and in society at large.

Faculty in the sociology department work closely with students to help them develop skills in writing and analysis, computers, and research methods. Students develop their own interests through internships in real-world settings and through close collaboration with faculty in independent study projects.

In addition, the department offers a social work program - an applied program leading to a minor in social work. Prerequisite courses in the minor include psychology, sociology, economics, and public policy and welfare. Practice-oriented courses, such as SOCI-36100 Social Welfare and Social Work, have a fieldwork component to provide practical experience.

Sociology majors receive broad training in the discipline and in a concentration in one of six major subfields described below.

Requirements for the Major in Sociology - B.A.

General requirements - The requirements for the sociology major are 21 prescribed credits in general and fundamental studies and statistics; 21 elective credits, including one "focused studies" sequence or concentration; and 78 credits in open electives. Majors must take no fewer than 9 credits at level 4 in sociology. At least 3 credits of level 4 must be a departmental course numbered SOCI-40100 to SOCI-46900 (excluding SOCI-46300); no more than 3 credits may come from coursework related to being a teaching assistant in SOCI-48000, SOCI-48100, or SOCI-48200; and no more than 3 internship credits from SOCI-49000 to SOCI-49800 may be applied toward the level 4 requirement. For graduation, 120 credits are required as follows:

Credits in the major

Required courses

SOCI-10100

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOCI-31100

Sociological Theory

3

SOCI-35300

Research Methods I

3

SOCI-35400

Research Methods II

3

Courses in Foundations of Sociological Inquiry (choose two)

SOCI-20400

Sociology of Signs, Symbols, and Collective Beliefs

SOCI-20600

Urban Sociology

SOCI-20700

Race and Ethnicity

SOCI-20800

Social Change

SOCI-21300

Sexual Oppression

SOCI-29300

Introduction to Social Institutions and Organizations

SOCI-31300

Social Inequality

SOCI-31800

Political Sociology

6

Total, required courses

18

Sociology electives

21

Total, credits in the major

39

Credits outside sociology

MATH-15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning or equivalent statistics course

3

Total, credits outside sociology

3

Students must also complete one of the concentrations listed below. The concentration may include courses from either the 18 credits of required sociology courses or the 21 credits of sociology electives.

Total, requirements

42

Open electives

78

Total, B.A. in sociology

120

Foundations of Sociological Inquiry

The cluster of courses listed above provides background in broad institutional structures and societal processes. It also introduces students to the more specialized areas of study embraced by the concentrations.

Focused Studies (Concentrations)
Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies

Students consider theories and data on crime, juvenile delinquency, deviance, the law, policing, and forms of punishment. In examining these phenomena, they become familiar with the ways in which individuals and institutions are shaped by historical, political, and economic forces, and they learn much about our social order and their lives within it. Students who graduate with this concentration often go on to study and practice law, enter programs for a master's degree in criminal justice planning, work in law enforcement at the local, state, or federal level, work with at-risk youth, or become counselors and therapists.

SOCI-20300

Juvenile Delinquency

3

SOCI-30200

Sociology of Crime

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-21400

Definitions of Normality

SOCI-21500

Introduction to Contemporary Mental Health Issues

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-30700

Social Policy

SOCI-32200

Forms of Punishment

SOCI-32300

Family Violence

SOCI-32400

Sociology of Violence

SOCI-33200

Selected Topics in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-41500

Seminar: The Police

SOCI-41800

Seminar: Sociology of Law

SOCI-43200

Selected Topics in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies

SOCI-44200

Tutorial in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies

SOCI-47200

Independent Studies in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies

SOCI-46300

Field Research

SOCI-49200

Internship in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies

3

Clinical Sociology

Courses in this concentration help students examine the relation between "personal problems" and the larger societal structure. Students learn about theories behind counseling, intervention strategies, effective listening skills, and helping relationships. The clinical sociology concentration and the minor in social work prepare students for entry-level positions in human services or for immediate placement in graduate schools of social work. Many students who graduate in this field become professionals in educational or mental health settings.

Select one of the following:

SOCI-21400

Definitions of Normality

SOCI-21500

Introduction to Contemporary Mental Health Issues

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-30800

Counseling Theory and Dynamics

SOCI-30900

Group Counseling

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-30700

Social Policy (Students who minor in social work may not use SOCI-30700 or SOCI-36100 to fulfill the requirements for a concentration in clinical sociology.)

SOCI-32300

Family Violence

SOCI-36100

Social Welfare and Social Work

SOCI-37000

Counseling the Older Adult

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-41400

Seminar: Mental Health Interventions

SOCI-41600

Seminar: Treatment and Prevention of Family Violence

SOCI-43000

Selected Topics in Clinical Sociology

SOCI-48800

Counseling the Older Adult: Research

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-44000

Tutorial in Clinical Sociology

SOCI-46300

Field Research

SOCI-47000

Independent Studies in Clinical Sociology

SOCI-49000

Internship in Clinical Sociology

3

Gender Studies

Students pursuing this concentration look at how male and female humans come to be defined as men and women, and examine the socially constructed relationships between them. Courses focus on the history and current aspects of gender inequality as manifested in sexuality and interpersonal relationships, health care, work, and the family. Gender is explored with an emphasis on race, class, and sexual orientation. This in-depth analysis of an issue of growing concern throughout our society leads to opportunities for graduate study or career paths in business or human services.

SOCI-34300

Sociology of Gender

3

Select two of the following:

SOCI-21000

Women's Lives

SOCI-21300

Sexual Oppression

SOCI-22800

Men's Lives

6

Select one of the following:

SOCI-31600

Women and Health

SOCI-32300

Family Violence

SOCI-32500

Race, Class, and Gender

SOCI-32700

Work and the Family

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-41900

Seminar: Women in the Third World

SOCI-42500

Seminar: Sociological Feminist Theory

SOCI-42700

Seminar: Class, Gender, and Work

SOCI-43100

Selected Topics in Gender Studies

3

Race and Ethnic Relations

In this concentration, students engage in the formal analysis of policies, laws, and social movements related to race and ethnic issues. They investigate racial and cultural diversity in the United States and in other societies, including patterns of racial and ethnic stratification. Many students focusing on this area become involved in activities aimed at overcoming inequalities in our society. The study of race and ethnic relations forms a strong foundation for many careers and graduate programs in our global society.

SOCI-20700

Race and Ethnicity

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-22600

Sociology of Hispanic Americans

SOCI-23300

Selected Topics in Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations

SOCI-34100

Minorities in the United Kingdom

SOCI-31200

Culture and Society: An International Field Experience

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-31000

Civil Rights and Social Movements

SOCI-31300

Social Inequality

SOCI-32500

Race, Class, and Gender

SOCI-37600

Poverty

3

Select one of the following:

SOCI-41900

Seminar: Women in the Third World

SOCI-42100

Seminar: Race, Racism, and the Law

SOCI-43300

Selected Topics in Race and Ethnic Relations

SOCI-44300

Tutorial in Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Sociology of Family and Relationships

This concentration provides students with a critical look at the nature of the family and relationships in historical, cross-cultural, and sociological contexts. Students investigate specific economic, political, psychological, and demographic factors that both affect and are affected by changing family and relationship arrangements. By focusing on these particular issues, students prepare themselves for graduate study and work with families, either in the field of domestic violence or as counselors in other human service areas.

SOCI-29200

The Changing Family

3

SOCI-32300

Family Violence

3

Select two of the following:

SOCI-21800

Individual and Society

SOCI-22000

Sociology of Aging

SOCI-30600

Space of Intimacy

SOCI-32700

Work and the Family

SOCI-33400

Selected Topics in Sociology of Family and Relationships

SOCI-37000

Counseling the Older Adult

6

Select one of the following:

SOCI-41600

Seminar: Treatment and Prevention of Family Violence

SOCI-42200

Seminar: Family Forms

SOCI-48800

Counseling the Older Adult: Research

SOCI-44400

Tutorial in Sociology of Families and Relationships

SOCI-47400

Independent Study in Sociology of Family and Relationships

3

Social Institutions and Organizations

This concentration is designed for students interested in health care systems, education, the workplace, or religious institutions. Students investigate how power and ideology affect those who act in institutions and organizations, either as authority figures or as clients. They also explore the nature of bureaucracy and how it affects us all in a bureaucratized society. Sociology majors who concentrate in this area are prepared to pursue additional training and careers in a wide range of fields, including health education or administration, health advocacy, teaching, labor relations, and business.

SOCI-29300

Introduction to Social Institutions and Organizations

3

Select three of the following (at least one course must be at level 2, and one at level 3):

SOCI-21200

Sociology of Work

SOCI-21900

Sociology of Religious Institutions

HIST-22000

Sociology of Aging

SOCI-29200

The Changing Family

SOCI-30100

Technology and Society

SOCI-31400

Sociology of Health and Medicine

SOCI-31600

Women and Health

SOCI-31800

Political Sociology

SOCI-32200

Forms of Punishment

SOCI-32700

Work and the Family

SOCI-35100

Sociology of Education

9

Select one of the following:

SOCI-41200

Seminar: The National Health System

SOCI-41500

Seminar: The Police

SOCI-42700

Seminar: Class, Gender, and Work

SOCI-42800

Simulating Social Processes

SOCI-43500

Selected Topics in Social Institutions and Organizations

SOCI-44500

Tutorial in Social Institutions and Organizations

SOCI-47500

Independent Studies in Social Institutions and Organizations

SOCI-49500

Internship in Social Institutions and Organizations

3

Requirements for the Minor in Sociology

SOCI-10100

Introduction to Sociology or

SOCI-10200

Contemporary Social Issues

3

Foundations of Sociological Inquiry

6

Level-3 sociology courses

6

Level-4 sociology courses

6

Total, minor in sociology

21

Social Work Program

The social work program is an applied program leading to an 18-credit minor in social work. The sequence includes prerequisite courses in psychology, sociology, and economics, and more advanced background courses in public policy and the economic aspects of public welfare. The first practice-oriented course is SOCI-36100 Social Welfare and Social Work, which has a fieldwork component. This is followed by SOCI-34600 Methods of Social Work and a 3-credit supervised fieldwork course. Additional electives round out the concentration. The minor provides academic and practical experience as preparation for employment or for graduate studies. Details are available from the coordinator of the social work program.

Requirements for the minor in social work

Prerequisites

SOCI-10100

Introduction to Sociology

3

PSYC-10400

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or

PSYC-20400

Principles of Developmental Psychology

3

ECON-12200

Principles of Microeconomics (may be taken concurrently with ECON-26200 Economics of Welfare Policies)

3

Requirements

SOCI-30700

Social Policy

3

ECON-26200

Economics of Welfare Policies

3

SOCI-36100

Social Welfare and Social Work

3

SOCI-34600

Methods of Social Work Practice

3

SOCI-34700

Supervised Fieldwork (taken concurrently with SOCI-34600)

3

Social work elective

3

Total, minor in social work

27

Individualized Study Opportunities

Field research experiences are provided in many departmental courses and can be pursued as independent study or internship projects. Field placements are available in a variety of local settings, including the Ithaca Youth Bureau, Southside Community Center, Tompkins County Social Services, Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, lawyers' offices, Offender Aid and Restoration, and local juvenile lock-up institutions.

Independent study experience is arranged between the professor and student. Some more recent examples of this option include projects on eco-justice in Ithaca, ethnic conflict in the Virgin Islands, community control and development, women and alcohol, economic opportunity centers, intimacy and children, student life, solar-age construction, and alternative communities; and organizational analysis of local banks and insurance companies.

Internships

Internships are designed to provide students with a supervised and structured experience. Often these can be arranged by students and specific agencies in communities around the country. The sociology department believes that internships provide an opportunity to obtain work experience, and to analyze the social and political context of the specific agency. An example is an internship with the Ithaca drug treatment court.