Description

A major or minor in sociology within the College of Arts and Sciences provides students with vital intellectual and occupational skills. This includes analytical thinking, creative problem solving, effective written and oral communication, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, and gaining expertise regarding the impact of social and cultural dynamics on individual and societal trends. Students may pursue broad training in sociology, or they may pursue a specific Focus Area, such as Crime/Deviance, Family, Health, Social Inequality, or Social Research. We also encourage students strongly to seize the opportunities provided for internship and a variety of research experiences, which play a key role in helping students define their career trajectory and build a resumé.

Our majors and minors pursue careers in a variety of fields that reflect their substantive expertise, such as:

  • Social-Justice Related Activism
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Education and Social/Human Services
  • Research—especially, public health and medicine, public opinion research, market research/marketing, as well as occupations requiring data collection, analysis and project direction skills (e.g., nursing, policy work, journalism, engineering, computational sciences)
  • Public Service/Government and Administration
  • Private-sector for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations
  • Management and Human Resources

We also encourage students to combine their interest in sociology with one of the many interdisciplinary programs/certificates offered in the College of Arts and Sciences and beyond. This includes but is not limited to: Conflict Resolution, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, Human Rights, Humanities and Medicine, Public Policy, Women’s and Gender Studies, plus the Center for Great Plains Studies, and the Center for Civic Engagement.
 

Program Assessment. To assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be asked to complete an exit survey. The Department will inform the students of the scheduling and format of the survey. Results of participation in these assessment activities will not affect a students GPA or graduation in any way.


Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

Advising

Academic and Career Advising

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is a centrally located and easily accessed resource for students in all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professional academic advisors and career coaches offer 1-1 meetings on a walk-in and appointment basis weekdays. Advisors will provide assistance choosing majors and minors, understanding degree requirements and academic policies, completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, adding/dropping courses, and planning for graduation. In addition, career coaches can help students identify career options related to their interests and connect them with experiences like internships, research, and more that will prepare them for those career options. These specially trained advisors and coaches also serve as first point of contact in the College for all incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Enrollment.

Students in the College who have declared a major will be assigned an academic advisor who is their first point of contact for a variety of questions. Academic advisors help students be successful in adjusting to UNL overall as well as making progress toward degree completion. The assigned advisor may be located within the department of their primary major, or in the Advising Center. Students can identify their assigned advisor in MyRED on the academics tab. In addition, faculty advisors are experts in their discipline, including advanced coursework and requirements, opportunities for research, student organizations, and considering graduate school in the discipline. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love Library South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to ensure a breadth of courses within the liberal arts degree. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement.
  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement. 
  • A student may not use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement.
  • Independent study, directed readings, or internship courses cannot be used to satisfy a College Distribution Requirement.
  • Cross-listed courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR C - Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR E - Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Language Requirement

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR E) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through UNL.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of sociology will be able to:

  1. Understand how social context impacts individuals, with an emphasis on the causes and consequences of social inequality.
  2. Describe how different types of research methods are used to study society and make claims about society.
  3. Conduct basic social research, to include developing hypothesis, collecting and analyzing data, and addressing any ethical issues involved in social research.
  4. Write and communicate effectively to diverse audiences, including being able to articulate key theoretical approaches and summarize research findings.
  5. Explain how social research can be used to create policy, design specific interventions, and/or address social issues.

Major Requirements

Thirty-three (33) hours of sociology, including a significant research experience and at least 15 hours at the 300 or 400 level. No more than 6 hours from internship and independent study courses (SOCI 396, SOCI 397, and SOCI 399) may be counted toward the major.

Core Requirements

SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 205Introduction to Social Research Methods3
SOCI 206Introduction to Social Statistics3
SOCI 355Sociological Theory3
Total Credit Hours12

Specific Major Requirements

Research Requirement
Select one of the following:3-6
Applied Sociology: Community-based Research I
and Applied Sociology: Community-based Research II
Senior Seminar
Honors: Advanced Readings
Additional Sociology Courses15-18
Select additional SOCI courses. 1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 21

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or minor. Exception may be made for independent study and up to 3 hours of fieldwork.

Course Level Requirement

At least 15 hours must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Eighteen (18) hours of SOCI courses including SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology and a minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level.

No more than 3 hours total from internship and independent study courses (SOCI 396, SOCI 397, and SOCI 399) may be counted toward the minor.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or minor. Exception may be made for independent study and up to 3 hours of fieldwork.

SOCI101
Introduction to Sociology

Description: Introduction to the sociological study of human behavior, especially social organization, culture, and the social institutions that comprise society. Attention to social change, differentiation and inequality, and other social issues.

This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 355; SOCW 301

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

SOCI130
Introduction to Social Network Analysis

Description: Introduction to Social Network Analysis (SNA). Learn to identify key concepts and contributions made by prominent SNA scholars. Use network analysis to graph and interpret empirical patterns. Assess network theories in light of empirical network data. Apply the SNA methods introduced to a range of real-world data sources.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI170
Introduction to Great Plains StudiesCrosslisted with ANTH 170, GEOG 170, GPSP 170, NRES 170

Description: Interdisciplinary study of the natural environment, social environment, human heritage, arts and humanities of the Great Plains.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Regional Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI180
Social Problems

Description: Treatment of the principal "problem" areas in contemporary society. Analysis of processes of disorganization in society, with attention to contrasting processes by which social structures are formed and perpetuated.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science ACE 9 Global/Diversity

SOCI182
Alpha Learning Community Freshman Seminar

Description: Topic varies.

This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 183

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI183
Alpha Learning Community Freshman Seminar

Prerequisites: SOCI 182.

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI189H
University Honors Seminar

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program or by invitation.

University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

SOCI198
Special Topics

Description: Wide range of different topics at the undergraduate level.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI200
Gender in Contemporary SocietyCrosslisted with WMNS 200

Description: Examination of how gender matters in the social world. Introduction to sociological theories about gender and related research. Considers how lifelong gender socialization, social institutions, norms, laws, and cultural practices create gendered effects in every aspect of life.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

SOCI205
Introduction to Social Research Methods

Prerequisites: Sociology Major OR Sociology Minor OR Sophomore, Junior or Senior Standing

SOCI 205 and CRIM 251 cannot both be applied toward the degree in arts and sciences.

Description: Introduction to the techniques of collecting and analyzing data and techniques of research reporting. Emphasis on interpretation and evaluation of sociological research.

This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 495

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI206
Introduction to Social Statistics

Prerequisites: Sociology Major OR Sociology Minor OR Sophomore, Junior or Senior Standing

Description: Practical exercises in the actual conduct of sociological research projects. Emphasis on training and development of skills, techniques, and methods of data analysis, and interpretation of findings in light of sociological theories.

This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 333; SOCI 495; STAT 318

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 3 Math/Stat/Reasoning

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 3 Math/Stat/Reasoning

SOCI209
Sociology of Crime

Description: Introduction to the sociological approach to the study of crime, including the definition of crime, approaches to its measurement, and the major theories of crime. Social institutions intended to prevent or correct criminal behavior.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

SOCI217
Sociology of Race and EthnicityCrosslisted with ETHN 217

Description: Overview of sociological theories and research on the experiences of different racial, religious, and ethnic groups. Concepts of race and ethnicity, including their social construction. Historical and contemporary racial and ethnic relations and patterns of inequality. Intersections of race, social institutions, and social policies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science ACE 9 Global/Diversity

SOCI226
Families and SocietyCrosslisted with WMNS 226

Description: Overview of the sociological study of families. Family and marriage patterns over time. Socialization, economic exchange, and social support functions of family roles. The effect of the economy, public policy, and other social institutions on families. Emphasis on gender, sexuality, social class, and racial/ethnic diversity in U.S families.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science ACE 9 Global/Diversity

SOCI241
Rural SociologyCrosslisted with AECN 276

Prerequisites: Open to second semester freshmen and above.

Description: The rural environment and its people; its groups and associations; and its social institutions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI252
Health, Medicine,and Society

Description: Introduction to the sociological approach to understanding health and medicine. The relationship between social conditions and physical and mental health. Differences in health across social groups. Medical care and health care policies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI261
Conflict and Conflict ResolutionCrosslisted with ANTH 261, POLS 261

Description: Introduction to the study of the biological, economic, political-historical, and cultural bases of war and group conflict.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:International Relations&Compar

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI309
Drugs and Society

Prerequisites: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing.

Description: Historical and contemporary patterns of drug use. Analysis of the antecedents and consequences of various forms of drug abuse. Examination of the types and effectiveness of legal responses to specific classes of drugs including; prohibition, decriminalization, and legalization. Prevention and treatment approaches to drug use.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI310A
Applied Sociology: Community-based Research I

Prerequisites: SOCI 101 and 205, or permission.

Description: Research methods organized around an applied research project. Conduct research in an applied setting, preparation of interview schedules, problem definition, review of research techniques, and research design and measurement.

This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 310B

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI310B
Applied Sociology: Community-based Research II

Prerequisites: SOCI 310A with a C or higher

Description: Continuation of SOCI 310A.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SOCI311
Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency

Prerequisites: 6 hours of SOCI, or Junior standing or Senior standing.

CRIM 337 and SOCI 311 cannot both be applied toward the degree.

Description: Nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, considered in relation to the role of adolescents in modern society. Includes a review of the methods used to study delinquency, theories of delinquency, social influences on delinquent behavior, and the nature of the juvenile justice system.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI320
Sociology of Sport

Prerequisites: 6 hours of SOCI, or Junior standing or Senior standing.

Description: Social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of sport as a social institution. Gender, race, and social class issues related to sport.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI325
Contemporary Family IssuesCrosslisted with WMNS 325

Prerequisites: 6 hours of SOCI, or Junior standing or Senior standing.

Description: In-depth examination of select contemporary issues confronting families and family research. Adolescent pregnancy, union formation, parenting, work-family, divorce and family instability, and family violence. Topics vary by instructor.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI326
Families in Crisis

Prerequisites: Sophomore, junior, or senior standing.

Description: Focuses on challenges experienced by contemporary working-class families in the United States.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI333
Applied Research in Public Opinion Research

Prerequisites: SOCI 206

Letter grade only

Description: Practical experience in analyzing public opinion data and writing about the results for a range of audiences. Review and discuss work conducted by leading research and policy centers. Design, plan, and carry out research projects, reporting results in policy-oriented briefs.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI341
Social Psychology of Inequality

Prerequisites: 6 hours of SOCI, or Junior standing or Senior standing.

Description: Analysis of social structures and social processes that contribute to, maintain, or change social inequalities across social categories such as gender and race.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI345
Cities and Communities

Prerequisites: 6 hrs sociology, or Junior standing or Senior standing.

Description: Examines the effects of geographic settings on social interactions, behaviors, and attitudes, causes and consequences of disparities. Focus on how existing social, economic, political, and cultural systems shape these dynamics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI346
Environmental Sociology

Prerequisites: 6 hours of SOCI, or Junior standing or Senior standing.

Description: Role of humans in the ecosystem, especially the interaction of human societies with the natural environment, including other species and other human societies. Theories of the sociocultural causes of environmentally-related problems and the policies designed to deal with these problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI353
Sociology of Health Care and Health Professions

Prerequisites: 6 hrs sociology or related social sciences

Description: Social and cultural bases of health care and health professions. Organization, distribution, and delivery of health care. Institution and profession of medicine and health-allied fields. Critical evaluation of medical care system and health policy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI355
Sociological Theory

Prerequisites: SOCI 101

Description: Introduction to sociological theories written by key classical and contemporary social theorists. Emphasis on how sociologists try to understand and make predictions about the social world. Analysis of a range of issues, such as how social contexts shape people¿s identities, how people form connections with one another, and inequalities related to race, class, and gender.

This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 495

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI362
Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Prerequisites: 6 hours of SOCI and/or BIOS, or Junior standing or Senior standing.

Description: Ethical decision making in research. Comprehensive review of the responsible conduct of research. Identify, define, and analyze ethical issues in the conduct of human subject research. Study civic responsibility and stewardship in the context of the responsible conduct of research. Examine emergent areas of human subjects in an increasingly interdisciplinary research environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

SOCI373
Sociology of Mass Media

Prerequisites: 6 hours of SOCI, or Sophomore standing, or Junior standing or Senior standing.

Description: Introduction to the sociological study of mass media, including the social construction of gender, race, class, and politics. Explores audience interaction with media texts. Emphasis on analytical skills for media literacy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI382
StorytellingCrosslisted with MODL 382, GLST 382, MRST 382

Description: Close study of stories, in various forms, from around the world. Considers the role of gender, race, and history as lenses through which to approach the production and reception of storytelling. Readings, discussions, and assignments conducted in English.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI396
Research Experience

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Participation in a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher in the Department of Sociology, the Bureau of Sociological Research, or a public agency or private enterprise (e.g., the Gallup Organization) engaged in sociological research.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

SOCI397
Internship Experience

Prerequisites: Permission

Students should see chief undergraduate adviser for details.

Description: Internship and professional experience at government agencies, private, non-profit, or other organizations

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

SOCI398
Special Topics

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Wide range of different topics at the undergraduate level.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

SOCI399
Advanced Readings

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Special readings on selected topics; investigations in library or field.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

SOCI399H
Honors: Advanced Readings

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; and permission.

Description: Special readings on selected topics; investigations in library or field.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

SOCI407
Strategies of Social Research: Qualitative MethodsCrosslisted with SOCI 807

Description: Systematic review and application of qualitative research methods, including participant observation, unstructured interviewing, audiovisual techniques and personal document analysis; data collection and interpretation emphasized as well as different theoretical assumptions underlying their various approaches.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI435
Mass CommunicationCrosslisted with SOCI 835

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Analysis of the structure and effects of the media of mass communication.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI442
Personality and Social StructureCrosslisted with SOCI 842

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Personality and the sociocultural environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI443
Sociology of Mental HealthCrosslisted with SOCI 843

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Social origins of mental health and illness; social distribution of mental health by race, class, and gender; social construction of mental health; mental health care systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI444
Population DynamicsCrosslisted with SOCI 844

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Historical and cross-cultural approach to population issues by linking changes in fertility and mortality to social institutions. Focuses on the link between population processes and such issues as gender roles, the role of the family, the Third World, and poverty and inequality.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI448
Family DiversityCrosslisted with ETHN 448, SOCI 848, ETHN 848

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Analyzes diversity in family structure and family choices. Includes: rural families, gay/lesbian families, Native American families, African American families, Latino families, working class and working poor families and cohabitation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI449
Perspectives on FamiliesCrosslisted with SOCI 849

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Sociological perspectives on marriage and different family types. Focuses on formation and organization of families, and issues confronting families. Emphasizes contemporary research and theory.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI452
Sociology of ReligionCrosslisted with SOCI 852

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Consideration of sources and nature of religion, drawing on contributions of anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, and others. Emphasis on interaction of religion and society.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI454
Physical Health DisparitiesCrosslisted with SOCI 854, ETHN 454

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Contribution of social inequality to health outcomes; Intersection of individual and social factors through which racial, economic, and gender differences in health emerge.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI455
History of Sociological TheoryCrosslisted with SOCI 855

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Survey of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century writers whose ideas have had a strong impact on the development of contemporary sociology and sociological theories. Emphasis on the work of such persons as Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, George Herbert Mead, and Georg Simmel.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI460
Education and SocietyCrosslisted with SOCI 860

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Analysis of education as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions, e.g., economy, polity, religion, and the family. Emphasizes the role of the educational institution as an agent of stability and change. Emphasis on research and policy evaluation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI465
Survey Design and AnalysisCrosslisted with SOCI 865, SRAM 465, SRAM 865

Prerequisites: SOCI 205 and SOCI 206.

Description: Basic issues related to the design and analysis of sample surveys. The basics of questionnaire construction, sampling, data collection, analysis and data presentation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI466
Pro-seminar in International Relations ICrosslisted with ECON 466, POLS 466, POLS 866, AECN 467, ANTH 479, ANTH 879, ECON 866, GEOG 448, GEOG 848, HIST 479, HIST 879, SOCI 866

Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission.

Open to students with an interest in international relations.

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:International Relations&Compar Integrative Courses, Research Variable group based on topic Comp Intrntnl & Reg Develpmnt Human-Economic Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI470
Sociology of Occupations and ProfessionsCrosslisted with SOCI 870

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Presentation of frameworks for occupations and professions; analysis of occupational structure and mobility in American society and its relation to adult socialization and career development; occupational and professional associations and society.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI471
Human Sexuality and SocietyCrosslisted with CYAF 471, EDPS 471, PSYC 471, CYAF 871, EDPS 871, PSYC 871, SOCI 871

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing

Open to advanced students planning careers in the professions in which knowledge of human behavior and society is important (e.g., helping professions, medicine, law, ministry, education, etc.).

Description: Interdisciplinary approach to the study of human sexuality in terms of the psychological, social, cultural, anthropological, legal, historical, and physical characteristics of individual sexuality and sex in society.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI474
Sociology of DevianceCrosslisted with SOCI 874

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

CRIM 413 and SOCI 474 cannot both be applied toward the degree.

Description: Theory and empirical research on conformity and deviance. Survey of the development of scholarly thinking on the nature and sources of deviance, societal reactions to deviance, and processes of social control.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Capstone course.

Description: Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SOCI478

Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission.

Topical seminar required for all Latin American Studies majors.

Description: An interdisciplinary analysis of topical issues in Latin American Studies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Lat Am,Asian,Middle East Hist International Relations&Compar Integrative Courses, Research Regional Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI480
Social Inequality: Stratification and Life ChancesCrosslisted with SOCI 880

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Structured inequalities, including social class, race/ethnicity, gender and age stratification. The intersections of these as institutionalized inequalities examined for their causes and effects on individuals and groups. Emphasis on the role of social power, economic resources and occupational structures in the nature of inequality and social mobility in the United States.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI481
Minority GroupsCrosslisted with ETHN 481, SOCI 881, ETHN 881

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Systematic examination of racial, ethnic, and other minority groups. History and present status of such groups, the origins of prejudice and discrimination, and the application of social science knowledge toward the elimination of minority group problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI490
Sociology of GenderCrosslisted with SOCI 890, WMNS 490, WMNS 890

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

SOCI 200 is strongly recommended.

Description: Evaluation and application of scholarly theory and research on gender in societal context. The nature and effects of sex stratification, gendered culture, institutionalized sexism, feminist theory and sociology of knowledge.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI491
Political SociologyCrosslisted with SOCI 891

Prerequisites: 9 hours of SOCI, or Senior standing.

Description: Application of sociological analysis to the problem of power; power structures and elite formation as they relate to democratic society and political extremism.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SOCI495
Senior Seminar

Prerequisites: Senior standing; SOCI 205; SOCI 206; SOCI 355.

Description: A senior-level overview of the discipline of sociology, including theory, methods, and substantive areas. The development of sociology, new directions in the discipline, and current research and literature critically analyzed. Satisfies research experience requirement for Sociology majors.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SOCI498
Special TopicsCrosslisted with SOCI 898

Prerequisites: Permission.

See course description or registration guide. Topic for the term announced prior to early registration.

Description: Wide variety of different topics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


Sociology (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
14 HR TERM 1
Sociology Core
complete SOCI 101
3hr
C
SOCI 101 will fulfill the ACE 6 requirement.

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
14 HR TERM 2
Sociology Courses
complete Any Sociology Course
3hr
C
This course will fulfill the CDR D requirement.

CDR A: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
16 HR TERM 3
Sociology CoreCritical
complete SOCI 205
3hr
C
SOCI 205 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

ACE 4 Sciences
complete 1 from ACE4
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course
4hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 4
Sociology Core
complete SOCI 206
3hr
C
SOCI 206 will fulfill the ACE 3 requirement.

CDR C: Humanities
complete 1 from Any Arabic Course at the 300 Level, Any Classics Course, Any Czech Course at the 300 Level, Any Czech Course at the 400 Level, Any English Course, FREN 282, Any French Course at the 300 Level, Any French Course at the 400 Level, GERM 282, Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level, Any Greek Course at the 300 Level, Any Greek Course at the 400 Level, Any Hebrew Course at the 300 Level, Any History Course, Any Japanese Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 400 Level, Any Philosophy Course, Any Religious Studies Course at any Level, Any Russian Course at the 300 Level, Any Russian Course at the 400 Level, SPAN 264, SPAN 265, Any Spanish Course at the 300 Level, Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
16 HR TERM 5
Sociology CoreCritical
complete SOCI 355
3hr
C
SOCI 355 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

Sociology 300/400 Level
complete either Any Sociology Course at the 300 Level or Any Sociology Course at the 400 Level
3hr
C

CDR B: Math/Sci w/Lab
complete 1 from Approved Science Courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Math or Science discipline with a lab: ASTR, BIOC, BIOS, CHEM, CSCE, GEOL, LIFE, MATH, METR, PHYS, STAT (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

CDR B: Lab
complete 1 from ASCLAB1
1hr
Complete an approved lab associated with a course from a Math or Science discipline: BIOS, CHEM, GEOL, LIFE, METR, PHYS (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 6
Sociology Courses
complete Any Sociology Course
6hr
C

CDR F: Additional Breadth
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved additional courses from CDR B, CDR C, or CDR D that is outside of the discipline of your primary major.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 7
Sociology 300/400 Level
complete Any Sociology Course at the 300 Level, Any Sociology Course at the 400 Level
6hr
C

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
Sociology Research
complete SOCI 495
3hr
C
SOCI 495 will fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Advocate for marginalized or underrepresented groups
  • Examine and address social problems, and implement creative solutions
  • Develop and defend evidence based arguments
  • Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles
  • Analyze and explain data
  • Compose convincing arguments and present logical information
  • Contextualize political, social, and historical events
  • Perform analysis of social and cultural issues
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct in research activities
  • Apply mathematical and scientific skills to solve real-world problems

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Family Support Worker, Better Living Counseling Services - Fremont NE
  • Research Assistant, Stanford University - Stanford CA
  • New Business Contact Representative, Assurity Life Insurance - Lincoln NE
  • Youth Specialist II, Cedars Youth Services - Lincoln NE
  • Surveillance Investigator, Veracity Research Corporation - Houston TX
  • Mental Health Technician, Bryan Medical Center - Lincoln NE
  • Outreach and Enrollment Specialist, Denver Public Schools Medicaid Department - Denver CO
  • Children's Service Worker, Missouri Department of Social Services - Kansas City MO
  • Community Support Professional, Region V Services - Lincoln NE
  • Director of Juvenile Justice Institute, University of Nebraska-Omaha - Omaha NE

Internships

  • Youth on The Move, AmeriCorps - Lincoln NE
  • Evaluation Assistant, Survey, Statistics, and Psychometrics Core Facilit - Lincoln NE
  • Chronic Disease Evaluation Intern, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Nebraska Attorney General Bruning - Lincoln NE
  • Survey Research Intern, UNL Bureau of Sociological Research - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Nebraska Appleseed - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Juris Doctorate, Harvard Law School - Cambridge MA
  • Master's Degree, Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California- Irvine - Irvine CA
  • Master's Degree, Social Work, University of Nebraska-Omaha - Omaha NE
  • Master's Degree, Adult Education, James Madison University - Harrisonburg VA
  • Master's Degree, Computational Science & Engineering, Harvard University - Cambridge MA
  • Master's Degree, Public Health/Epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health - Austin TX
  • Master's Degree, Business Administration, Northeastern State University - Tahlequah OK
  • Master's Degree, Public Affairs, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis MN
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Master's Degree, Human Development & Family Science, University of Missouri-Columbia - Columbia MO