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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Department of Sociology

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Chair: John Reynolds; Professors: Barrett, Brewster, Carlson, Padavic, Reynolds, Rohlinger, Schrock, J. Taylor, Tillman, Ueno; Associate Professors: Burdette, Sanyal, M. Taylor, Tope; Assistant Professors: Carr, McFarland, Waggoner; Teaching Faculty III: Schwabe; Teaching Faculty II: Lessan, Weinberg; Professors Emeriti: Eberstein, Fendrich, Ford, Hardy, Hazelrigg, Isaac, Kinloch, Martin, Nam, Orcutt, Turner, Quadagno; Affiliate Faculty: Chiricos, Miles, Milton, Perez-Felkner

The Department of Sociology offers graduate degree programs leading to the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The department’s primary objective is to enable students in our graduate programs to become scholars who are able to conduct high-quality, innovative research and provide the education and training that will serve as a basis for independent or collaborative research, depending on the individual graduate’s professional goals. Our main emphasis is on research, in order to provide the skills needed for employment at top-level research institutes and organizations. Students also obtain the experience and proficiency to teach at the spectrum of institutions of higher learning, including liberal arts colleges, regional universities, and research universities. Numerous graduates also have filled positions in business corporations and government agencies.

The Master of Science in Applied Social Research and Master of Science in Sociology with a Major in Aging and Health may be completed in one calendar year if entered in the Fall semester. Requirements for the degrees as well as other rules and procedures are listed in the Guide to Graduate Studies in Sociology, a document that is updated as changes are made in the program. Information about the Department of Sociology, its graduate programs, and faculty is available on the World Wide Web at

The Department of Sociology is located in the Bellamy Building in the heart of Florida State University campus and includes such resources as a departmental computer laboratory for graduate students as well as other facilities at the Center for Demography and Population Health (also located in Bellamy) and the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy.

Requirements for Admission

Minimum admission requirements are established by the state of Florida and enforced by the Office of Graduate Studies. The departmental minimum requirement for entry into all Sociology graduate programs is a 3.0 grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate study and adequate GRE score comparable to both present and past cohorts. Applicants must also have received a “C” or higher grade in a three semester hour college-level course in statistics. All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, an official copy of all transcripts, a writing sample, and a statement of purpose. Admission to the program is decided by the Director of Graduate Studies who considers the recommendations of the Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee.

Students who wish to be considered for university-level fellowships must submit a completed application by December 15th of the year preceding their proposed entry into the graduate program. Those who wish to be considered for departmental assistantships must submit a completed application by January 31st of the year preceding their proposed entry into the graduate program. Application for admission may be made online at Some materials must be submitted both to sociology and to the Florida State University Graduate School Admissions Office. Consult the departmental Web site or contact the department at (850) 644-6416 for further information.

Financial Aid

The Department of Sociology makes every effort to provide financial assistance for students seeking the PhD degree. Financial aid possibilities include fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Students who receive financial assistance and make expected progress may receive support for up to four years.

Master’s Degree Programs

Master of Science with a Major in Applied Social Research option

A total of thirty-three semester hours are required, with a minimum of twenty-one hours of graduate course work that must be taken on a letter-grade basis in the Department of Sociology. Additional hours may be taken in sociology or in other appropriate graduate programs with approval of the sociology graduate director.

A minimum of fifteen semester hours of research methods and statistics courses must be taken, choosing from the following:

SYA 5305 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (3)

SYA 6933 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (3)

SYA 5406 Multivariate Analysis (3)

SYA 5407 Advanced Quantitative Methods (3)

SYA 5315 Qualitative Methods (3)

SYA 5355 Comparative Historical Methods (3)

SYD 5135 Techniques of Population Analysis (3)

SYD 5137 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3)

Or an approved comparable course from Sociology or another department.

Master of Science with a Major in Aging and Health Option

A total of thirty-three semester hours is required, with a minimum of twenty-one hours of graduate course work that must be taken on a letter-grade basis in the Department of Sociology. The following courses are required:

One Aging course, such as:

SYP 5735 Sociology of Aging (3)

SYP 5737 Dynamics of Aging and Social Change (3)

SYP 5733 Social Psychology of Aging (3)

SYA 6933 Aging and Life Course (3)

or approved substitute

And one Health course, such as:

SYD 5215 Health and Survival (3)

SYO 5416 Stress and Mental Health (3)

SYO 6407 Race, Ethnicity, and Health (3)

SYD 5136 Life Course Epidemiology (3)

SYO 5405 Health Institutions and Social Policy (3)

or an approved substitute.

Traditional Master’s Option

A minimum of thirty-four semester hours is required, with at least twenty-one hours on a letter-grade basis in graduate level courses in the Department of Sociology. Students must satisfactorily complete the following list of required courses and have their master’s paper approved by their supervisory committee. Required courses are as follows:

SYA 5125 Classical Social Theory (3) or SYA 6933 Sociological Theory (3)

SYA 5305 Introduction to Research Methods (3)

SYA 6933 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (3)

SYA 5406 Multivariate Analysis (3)

SYA 5515 Sociological Research Practicum (0-3)

SYA 5516 Reporting Sociological Research (3)

SYA 5625r Proseminar (0–3) (S/U grade only).

Elective courses: a minimum of nine semester hours

Master’s Research Paper

To receive a MS degree in sociology (traditional option only), students must successfully complete a master’s research paper. The master’s research paper entails a research project leading to an article-length manuscript (about twenty-five pages.) The paper must be submitted to and be approved by a committee of three sociology faculty members.

Doctoral Degree

Formal admission to the doctoral program requires the approval of the Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee and Graduate Director. Students with master’s degrees from other institutions enter the doctoral program after they have completed the departmental core requirements and after their previous graduate work has been evaluated and approved by the faculty. Students officially become a candidate for the PhD degree upon successful completion of the major area preliminary examination. Students admitted to the doctoral program must complete the following for the doctoral degree:

  1. Complete appropriate courses in student’s program area and a seminar in teaching sociology
  2. A written examination in the student’s major program area
  3. Teaching of an undergraduate course
  4. A doctoral dissertation


Doctoral students are required to complete five courses in their selected area of study:

Demography addresses issues related to birth, marriage, health, death, and migration (within and between nations), including a focus on how demographic events affect and are affected by social institutions and processes.

Health and Aging addresses issues raised by several social phenomena-including changing life course patterns, aging populations, and social patterning of mental and physical health. Topics examined in courses include the transition to adulthood, work and retirement later in life, intergenerational relationships, aging-related social policies, and gender, race, and class differences in health.

Inequalities and Social Justice involves the study of race, gender, and class inequality, social movements mobilized to effect social change, inequality in work and labor markets, and political processes contributing to or helping ameliorate inequality.

To receive the PhD degree, students must complete requirements beyond the master’s degree and/or departmental core curriculum, as well as teach an undergraduate sociology course. Additional requirements are as follows:

  1. SYA 5407 Advanced Quantitative Methods
  2. Three semester hours of SYA 6660, Teaching at the College Level in Sociology
  3. Three semester hours of SYA 5946r, Supervised Teaching
  4. Fifteen semester hours of five major area courses
  5. Nine semester hours of three sociology elective courses
  6. Written preliminary exam in major area
  7. Doctoral dissertation

Definition of Prefixes


SYA—Sociological Analysis

SYD—Sociology of Demography/Area Studies/Sociological Minorities

SYO—Social Organization

SYP—Social Processes

Graduate Courses


SYA 5018. Classical Social Theory (3). An introduction to the works of major social theorists in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, concentrating mostly on Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. How did they prefigure the development of sociology as a social science? How do their perspectives relate to such early American theorists as W.E.B. DuBois and Charlotte Perkins Gilman?

SYA 5126. Contemporary Sociological Theory (3). An introduction to the works of a broad range of recent theorists, primarily post-1945. Major emphasis is given to central issues and problems of recent theory and to critical analyses of logical-structural adequacy of theorizing. A student ordinarily completes SYA 5125 or its equivalent prior to this course.

SYA 5305. Introduction to Research Methods (3). Reviews rationales for performing sociological research and examines the relationship between sociological theory and research design. Reviews the dimensions of research, e.g., measurement theory, definition and concept formation, strategies of theory testing, adequacies and deficiencies of different research designs, statistical and causal inference.

SYA 5315. Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology (3). A seminar in qualitative research methods that allows for the systematic collection and analysis of (non-numeric) observational and interview data obtained from individuals, social groups and organizations.

SYA 5355. Comparative Historical Sociology (3). Seminar on methodological issues in historical comparative research, emphasizing principles of research design. Covers techniques such as archival research, analysis of government documents, and the analysis of household census data. Substantive areas may include the family, welfare state, social movements, class relations, and culture.

SYA 5406. Multivariate Analysis (3). Prerequisites: SYA 5305 and 5455 or comparable knowledge. Covers the general linear model and application of a variety of techniques derived from this model to the analysis of data common to social science. Techniques include partial correlation, multiple regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and contingency table analysis. Reviews assumptions of models and methods for handling violations of the assumptions.

SYA 5407. Advanced Quantitative Methods (3). Prerequisites: SYA 5305, 5406, 5455. The fourth course in a sequence. Deals with recursive and non-recursive structural equation models, the identification problem, and issues in estimation and statistical inference. Additional topics include time-ordered data (time-series and panel models), the causal approach to measurement error and latent variables equation context, and current developments in quantitative analysis in sociology.

SYA 5455. Social Statistics and Data Analysis (3). Corequisite: SYA 5305. Building on critical issues formulated in SYA 5305, the course provides a bridge between theoretical issues, research methods, and statistical analysis. Topics include the phenomenology of research, reliability and validity, research design strategies, elementary probability theory, probability distribution, hypothesis testing, elementary descriptive statistics, and computing skills.

SYA 5458. Social Statistics and Data Analysis for Public Health (3). This course provides students with the basic data management skills necessary for carrying out quantitative analysis and presenting the results to both lay and professional audiences in public health.

SYA 5515. Sociological Research Practicum (0–3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: SYA 5305, 5455. Corequisite: SYA 5971r. This course provides hands-on experience in formulating questions for sociological research and developing a master’s paper research project. In concert with a faculty supervisor, students write a report of a theoretical or empirical problem of sociological relevance. Students must simultaneously enroll for two credit hours in Master’s Paper Research, SYA 5971r, with a supervising faculty member.

SYA 5516. Reporting Sociological Research (3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: SYA 5515. Participants edit each other’s work, discuss critiques in working sessions, revise drafts, and arrive at a final revision of their master’s research paper. The papers ideally will be ready for presentation at professional meetings or submission to a journal. The seminar develops students’ skills as writers, critics, and editors.

SYA 6936r. Selected Topics in Research Methods (3). Prerequisite: SYA 5406. This seminar is devoted to current issues in sociological methods. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.


DEM 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only). Readings in an area of demography with subject tailored to the student. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

DEM 5910r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only). Research on a demographic topic under faculty supervision. Subject varies with each student. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

DEM 5930r. Special Topics in Demography (3). Prerequisite: SYD 5135. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

DEM 5972r. Master’s Research Paper in Demography (3–6). (S/U grade only). Preparation of a research paper which draws on theory, methods, and subject matter of demography and which meets the standards for submission to a professional journal. Topic varies with student. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

DEM 8977. Master’s Research Paper Defense (0). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Completion of master’s research paper in demography. Defense of the master’s research paper in demography before a faculty master’s supervisory committee.

SYD 5045. Introduction to Demography (3). Introduces the scope and content of population study, with attention to demographic theories, data, and research; factors affecting population change, mortality, fertility, mobility, and population composition and distribution; and empirical and policy consequences of population dynamics.

SYD 5046. International Population Dynamics (3). Prerequisite: Graduate student status. This seminar emphasizes the exploration and mastery of literature from demographic and other social science professional journals, related to issues of population dynamics in comparative global context. In addition to discussion and writing related to these readings as specified in the syllabus, seminar participants also complete independent original research projects involving synthesis of this literature, formulation of an original hypothesis, and where appropriate, testing of such a hypothesis through original empirical data analysis. Such products of research ideally may be presented as conference papers and/or submitted for journal publication.

SYD 5105. Population Theory (3). A seminar on historical and contemporary population thought and theory, with emphasis on critical evaluation of different ideas and theoretical frameworks useful for demographic analysis.

SYD 5133. Population Data (3). This course is a graduate seminar and core entry course for the applied Master of Science in Demography Interdisciplinary degree. It covers acquisition of data from censuses, vital statistics, and surveys; basic demographic and statistical techniques to evaluate data quality and make estimates and projections; and application of such data to decisions in business, government, education, health care and other applied settings.

SYD 5135. Techniques of Population Analysis (3). This course covers techniques of demographic data collection and evaluation as well as measurement of population processes, composition, and distribution, and social and economic characteristics of population.

SYD 5215. Health and Survival (3). Reviews conceptual and theoretical approaches, measurement problems, analytical strategies, and literature in the areas of morbidity and mortality.

SYD 5225. Fertility (3). Addresses global trends in human fertility, conceptual approaches to the study of fertility, and policies that affect it.

SYO 5177. Family Demography (3). This course examines the changes in family behaviors and household relationships from a demographic perspective. Materials are drawn not only from demographic literature on the family, but also from sociology, economics and history. The focus is on issues such as union formation and dissolution, family relationships, childbearing, parenthood, and work, to consider explanations for changing family forms, focusing primarily upon post-World War II America.

Health and Aging

SYA 5326. Injury Epidemiology (3). This course provides a detailed review of the theoretical approaches, methods, and statistical procedures used in the study of human injury. Attention is given to both individual and mass injury and the behavioral and societal factors leading to the risk of injury.

SYA 6912. Epidemiology Research Paper (6). (S/U grade only). This course provides the student the opportunity to gain practice, under supervision, in conducting an epidemiological research project. The course is taught as an independent directed research project under the guidance of the major professor.

SYD 5134. Environmental Epidemiology (3). This course provides a detailed review of the theoretical approaches, methods and statistical procedures used in the study of the interactions of people and the environment and the effects on human health status. Attention is given to both traditional and emerging concerns related to the environment and the behavioral and societal factors leading to the risk of health problems related to environmental factors.

SYD 5136. Life Course Epidemiology (3). This course integrates classic social epidemiology and life course sociology to account for historical contingencies and individual biographical experience, in addition to current circumstances, to explain social inequalities in the distribution of chronic illnesses and noncommunicable diseases.

SYD 5137. Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3). This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in epidemiology, including measures of disease frequency, and association and study design.

SYD 5138. Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3). This course provides a detailed review of the theoretical approaches, methods and statistical procedures used in the study of infectious disease. Attention is given to both traditional and emerging infectious diseases and behavioral and societal factors leading to infectious disease risk.

SYD 5139. Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3). This course provides a detailed review of the theoretical approaches, methods and statistical procedures used in the study of chronic disease. Attention is given to both traditional and emerging chronic diseases and behavioral and societal factors leading to chronic disease risk.

SYO 5405. Health Institutions and Social Policy (3). This seminar focuses on U.S. health institutions and the forces that shape them. Issues include the role and status of physicians, hospitals, mechanisms of finance, the health care crisis, politics of health and relations to broad social and economic issues, historical and current.

SYO 5416. Stress and Mental Health (3). This course in the sociology of mental health and substance problems focuses on the role of social stress and the stress process. Theories and measurement of disorder and of stress exposure are considered, along with evidence on factors that increase and decrease risk for mental health and substance use problems.

SYO 5426. Gender and Mental Health (3). This course surveys theory and research on gender and mental health, focusing on sociological theory and research on gender differences in mental health problems in the U.S.

SYO 6407. Race, Ethnicity and Health (3). This course reviews current research and theory on the connections between race and/or ethnic status in regard to physical and mental health. Students In the seminar review scholarly work in multiple disciplines and professions to identify empirical trends and theoretical explanations for patterns that these trends reveal.

SYP 5733. Social Psychology of Aging (3). This seminar integrates three areas of research: social psychology, social gerontology, and life course research, with a focus on middle and later life. Topics include health, caregiving, retirement, and family relationships.

SYP 5735. Sociology of Aging (3). Seminar analyzes the social institutions that structure the lives of the elderly in modern society. Topics include age status and stratification, labor-force participation and retirement, structures of dependency, political participation and mobilization, and social policy and reform.

SYP 5737. The Dynamics of Aging and Social Change (3). Seminar on the dynamics of aging at various social-organizational levels of analysis. Topics include organizational dynamics of an aging labor force, structural changes relating to morbidity and mortality, and the changing dynamics of group identity formations with a focus on age.

SYP 5738. Aging Policies and Services (3). This course examines issues faced by older people and the current federal and state policies designed to address these issues. These policies and issues are explored in the context of both political economy and the long-term care continuum from independence to dependence.

Inequalities and Social Justice

SYD 5705. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3). This seminar examines sociological concepts and theories utilized to explain dominant-subordinate relations in society. Applies various frameworks to the study of contemporary U.S. ethnic and race relations.

SYD 5817. Contemporary Theories of Gender (3). The course critically examines contemporary gender theories; explores how feminist theorizing affects mainstream social theory; and asks how gender intersects with other forms of structured inequality (race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class). Topics include core themes in gender scholarship; affinities and dialogues with other traditions; origins of feminist theories; conceptualizing gender and the field of gender relations; and theorizing on substantive and political issues.

SYO 5107. Sociology of the Family (3). A survey course on family sociology with a focus on modern U.S. family systems. Course surveys family research and family functioning in modern American society to understand relationships between societal and family conditions and dynamics.

SYO 5306. Political Sociology (3). Offers intensive study of sociopolitical processes, structures, and institutions of modern society. Topics include relations of power, authority, and legitimacy; state formations; collective action and revolution; structures of domination and hegemony; socialization and political identity formation; and processes of global integration.

SYO 5335. Sociology of Political Economy (3). Broad overview on the macro-sociology of political and economic institutions and historical dynamics governing their interplay. Issues include perspectives in political economy, economic organization in the historical development of U.S. capitalism; economic cycles, waves, and periodization in capitalist development; theories of the state; institutionalized and non-institutionalized political processes; politics of class and the labor movement; and macro-distributional processes (market and non-market) that foster structured inequalities.

SYO 5376. Sociology of Gender and Work (3). A political-economic analysis of the organization of work, production and reproduction of labor, and linkages between work in the market and work in the home relative to gender. Topics include occupational sex segregation, segmented labor markets, dialectics of paid and unpaid labor, comparable worth, bureaucracy, emotional work, domestic labor, and strategies for change.

SYO 5535. Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender (3). This seminar reviews theories of inequality in contemporary societies. Research on inequality and social mobility in the U.S. and other nations is also reviewed, with a focus on conceptualization and measurement.

SYO 5547. Race and Gender in Organizations (3). This seminar examines the forces that create, maintain, and erode inequalities for racial minorities, women, and immigrants in organizations, with an emphasis on work organizations. Course material draws from theory and research sociology, organizational behavior, social psychology, and legal studies.

SYO 6255. Sociology of Education (3). This course provides an overview of several central themes in the sociology of education – the relationship between educational systems and capitalism, trends in educational inequalities, school segregation, attempts to reform public education, and educational inequality in comparative perspective.

SYO 6373. Sociology of Work and Labor Markets (3). This seminar examines theories and research about work including new forms of organization and labor markets. Topics include de-industrialization, markets, unions, and professions; internal/external labor markets; worker control; and race, gender, sexuality, age, and work/family intersections.

SYO 6506r. Advanced Research Seminar in Social Organization (3–9). An advanced seminar where students work closely with a faculty member to address the latest theory, research, and development in social organization. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

SYO 6538r. Advanced Research Seminar In Stratification and Inequality (3–9). An advanced seminar where students work closely with a faculty member to explore the latest theory, research, and developments in social stratification and inequality. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

SYP 5005. Social Interaction (3). This course addresses the tree major sociological perspectives on social interaction—symbolic interactionism, dramaturgy, and ethnomethodology—focusing on how these approaches address epistemology, time, interaction rules, intersubjectivity, identity, emotions, language, social organization, micropolitics, inequality, reproduction, and politics and social change.

SYP 5065. Sexuality over the Life Course (3). This course introduces the sociological literature on sexuality. Drawing from social psychological theories and life course perspective, the following questions are pursued; (1) How do sexual behaviors change across life stages? (2) What influences and is influenced by sexuality in each life stage? and (3) How does sexuality influence life trajectories? The course pays special attention to social inequality issues.

SYP 5305. Collective Behavior and Social Movements (3). Seminar on theories and research about collective behavior and social movements. Particular movements are studied relative to competing theories of mobilization.

SYP 5447. Sociology of National Development (3). Seminar on theories, processes, and problems of national development. Considers societal evolution, industrialization, capitalist expansion, modernization, dependency, inequality, and related topics.

SYP 6356. Sociology of the Contemporary Women’s Movement (3). Seminar reviews theories of social movements relative to the second wave feminist movement. Issues include labor market/workplace equality, violence against women, economic, political and cultural issues (poverty, family, marriage, sexuality) relative to women’s collective organization and mobilizing.


SYA 5625r. Proseminar in Sociology (0–3). (S/U grade only). This course introduces students to issues they will confront as professional sociologists in colleges and universities and government or private contexts. Content reflects developments in the discipline. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours.

SYA 5645. Critical Thinking and Proposal Preparation (3). This is a course in scientific criticism. Through evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of grant applications and of published research articles, course participants develop enhanced capacity to conduct funded research and publish the results.

SYA 5907r. Directed Individual Study (3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Instructor permission and departmental chairperson. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

SYA 5909r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Instructor permission and departmental chairperson. Credit can vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

SYA 5912r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

SYA 5946r. Supervised Teaching (1–5). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

SYA 5971r. Master’s Paper Research (0–6). (S/U grade only). Research project leading to a paper that is required for the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

SYA 6507. Writing Seminar for Social Scientists (3). This course focuses on the theoretical and practical issues involved in writing a scholarly paper. Topics covered include the structure of a sentence, transitions between sentences and paragraphs, punctuation, the organization of each section of a scholarly paper, and the review process. The course is designed to be useful to graduate students at any stage of their programs.

SYA 6660. Teaching at the College Level in Sociology (3). A graduate seminar focusing on pedagogical issues and practical problems in teaching sociology at the college and university levels.

SYA 6933r. Selected Topics in Sociology (3). May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

SYA 6938r. Selected Topics in Social Institutions, Social Organization, and Social Policy (3). Topics may vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

SYA 6980r. Dissertation (1–12). (S/U grade only). This course endeavors to provide competency in conducting original research that adds to sociological knowledge.

SYA 8945r. Doctoral Review Paper (1–12). (S/U grade only). A comprehensive review of empirical/theoretical literature in a topical area selected by a student in consultation with the student’s major professor and supervisory committee. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

SYA 8962r. Major Area Doctoral Preliminary Exam (0). (P/F grade only.)

SYA 8967r. Preparation for Major Area Preliminary Exam (1–12). (S/U grade only). A mechanism for graduate students to use in preparing for the required comprehensive exam in their major area of study. May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-four semester hours.

SYA 8976. Master’s Paper Completion (0). (S/U grade only). A method for showing approval of the required master’s paper.

SYA 8981. Doctoral Review Paper Defense (0). (P/F grade only.) Indicates student has faculty approval for the Doctoral Review Paper.

SYA 8985r. Dissertation Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)

SYP 5006. Identity and the Self (3). This course focuses on sociological and psychological approaches to self and identity along with the cognitive aspects of the self-concept. This is an advanced seminar, so students should have a background in sociological theory and methods, social psychology, and/or methods of social science research.

SYP 5007. Sociology of Emotion (3). This course introduces students to the emerging field of the sociology of emotion and affect. The primary focus is on micro and macro theories of emotion, with some empirical studies read. The course attempts to identify gaps in the literature, generate researchable questions, develop testable hypotheses, and ponder appropriate research designs for the student of emotion.

SYP 5105. Theories of Social Psychology (3). Course examines the major theoretical orientations in contemporary social psychology. Special attention is given to sociologically relevant perspectives such as symbolic interactionism, exchange theory, social learning theory, expectations states/status characteristics theory, emotions work theory, and Goffman’s dramatization theory.

SYP 5516. Sociological Theories of Deviance (3). A review of the major theoretical perspectives in the sociology of deviance. Anomie, social learning, interactionist, and conflict theories are reviewed and critiqued. The problems and characteristics of deviance theory are considered and new directions for theoretical development are explored.


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