Graduate Course Descriptions

SOC 451. Advanced Quantitative Techniques 3 cr.
Advanced methods of sociological analysis are examined in detail.

SOC 452. Advanced Social Theory 3 cr.
Analysis of classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives within the discipline. Prerequisite: SOC 351.

SOC 455. Advanced Social Research: Evaluation 3 cr.
Logic, design and ethics of evaluations including theory driven and multi level models. Emphasis on individual, group and community level needs assessment, process and activities assessment and outcomes assessment including social impact assessment. Data collection techniques will include survey questionnaire construction, interviewing, focus groups and case studies. Measures of efficiency and effectivenes will be examined. Prerequisite: Research Methods Course.

SOC 457. Gender, Science, and Technology 3 cr.
How gender, science and technology are interrelated social constructions. Science and technology are examined as social institutions. Explanations for different rates of participation based on race, class and gender are explored. Same as: WS 467.

SOC 458G. Comparitive Global Family Systems 3 cr.
The study of families around the world. The comparison will include how capitalism and power differentials have affected the course of family history, gender relations, and family life today.

SOC 459. Advanced Issues in Sex and Gender 3 cr.
Comprehensive examination of current gender identity and gender stratification issues. Same as WS 459.

SOC 460. Sociology of Religion 3 cr.
Examination of religion in its social context to understand the intricate relations of religion, culture and U.S. society.

SOC 461. Population Trends and Analysis 3 cr.
Overview of past, present, and future population phenomena and introduction to techniques of demographic analysis.

SOC 464. Human Society and the Environment 3 cr.
This course explores the relationship between human societies and the natural environment, with an emphasis on both sustainable human and environmental relationships. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101G

SOC 465G. Environmental Sociology 3 cr.
Advanced examination of societal responses to environmental problems including social adjustments to natural and technological hazards, sociocultural aspects of technological risk and impact assessment, and emergence of environmental social movements.

SOC 470. Sociology of Latinos/as in the United States 3 cr.
In-depth examination and comparative analysis of political and economic issues affecting Latino/a culture and behavior. Includes the Chicano/a and larger Latino/a movements, the border, immigration, language policies, education, religion, labor, and Latina women’s issues.

SOC 471. Advanced Race and Ethnic Relations 3 cr.
In-depth analysis of the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, and patterns of intergroup interaction in the U.S.

SOC 473. International Migration 3 cr.
This course examines international migration as a social process, focusing on the American experience. Students will examine historical and comparative literature on immigration that puts contemporary questions about policy and immigrant assimilation into a broader sociological perspective. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101G

SOC 474. Sociology of Organizations 3 cr.
Sociological models of formal organizations relevant to business, education, government, healthcare, military, and religion. Focus on internal organizational structure and dynamics plus the reciprocal relationship between organizations and their operating environment.

SOC 475. Advanced Social Stratification 3 cr.
Theories of stratification and current methods of stratification research. Focus on differences by ethnicity, race, class, and gender.

SOC 477. Sociology of Education 3 cr.
Socio-political and economic factors that shape the structure and operation of educational institutions in modern complex societies. Socio-historical development of the school as a microcosm of society, with examples from American and other school systems.

SOC 478. Sociology of Development and the World System 3 cr.
A sociological approach to development and global system. Theories of development and underdevelopment; world poverty/inequality; Latin America, Africa, and Asia in comparative perspectives; transnational borders/U.S.-Mexico border; current topics. Same as GOVT 477.

SOC 479. Sociology Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Border 3 cr.
Theoretical perspectives and current research on the U.S.-Mexico border region, including topics such as migration, identity, health, gender, and environment.

SOC 480. Diversity in Alternative Families 3 cr.
Cross-cultural examination of diversity among and within families: analysis of family diversity includes consideration of the theoretical frameworks, ideological commitments, personal experiences, and methodological approaches to examine family life.

SOC 481. Social Deviance 3 cr.
Theoretical approaches to the study of social deviance with emphasis on critical theories. Exploration of forms of deviance in society. Examination of social construction of deviance within mass media and systems of social control.

SOC 482. Advanced Individual and Society 3 cr.
Examines reciprocal relationship between individual and society. Topics include socialization, social influence and persuasion, group structure and performance, altruism, aggression, interpersonal attraction, group cohesion and conformity, and inter-group conflict.

SOC 486. Power and Politics in America 3 cr.
This course provides an introduction to the study of Political Sociology with a focus on the United States. Political Sociology studies the social bases of politics and political systems and facilitates the understanding of the processes and consequences of power distributions in the United States. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101G

SOC 489. Globalization 3 cr.
Analysis of the globalization process. Covers theories of globalization, the global economy, political globalization, global culture, transnational social movements, transnational migration and world labor market, global cities, and local-global linkages. Same as GOVT 469.

SOC 491. Criminological Theory 3 cr.
Schools of thought, contrasting approaches, and contemporary efforts in theory construction relevant to adult and juvenile offenders.

SOC 496. Internship 1-6 cr.
Supervised participation in an appropriate community setting. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Same as SOC 596.

SOC 501. Perspectives on Sociology 3 cr.
Overview of the field, subfields, and faculty available for students at NMSU. Emphasis on theories and research currently being developed in the Sociology program. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Graded S/U.

SOC 509. Advanced Seminar in Community Development 3 cr.
This is an advanced seminar addressing a holistic view of community development with an emphasis upon how economic development efforts can become more inclusive and sustainable. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

SOC 530. Advanced Social Movement Theory 3 cr.
Overview of key theories in past and present social movement research. Topics include a focus on rational or spontaneous choice theories, resource mobilization, and new social movement theories. Theoretical perspectives focus on analysis of case studies including women’s movement, civil rights, and environmental movements.

SOC 548. Graduate Special Topics 3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

SOC 549. Special Research Problems 1-3 cr.
Individual analytic or experimental investigations. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

SOC 550. Qualitative Research Methods 3 cr.
This course will provide an in-depth examination of qualitative research methods, including participant observation techniques, interviewing, and content analysis.

SOC 551. Issues in Advanced Quantitative Analysis 3 cr.
Advanced methods of sociological analysis are examined in detail.

SOC 552. Seminar in Sociological Theory 3 cr.
Analysis of contemporary theoretical perspectives within the discipline.

SOC 558. Seminar: Sociology of the Family 3 cr.
The family in various societies; evolution of the American family.

SOC 559. Graduate Seminar in Sex and Gender 3 cr.
Comprehensive examination of current gender identity and gender stratification issues. Same as WS 559.

SOC 560. Advanced Sociology of Religion 3 cr.
Examination of religion in its social context to understand the intricate relations of religion, culture and U.S. society.

SOC 564. Seminar in Human Society and the Environment 3 cr.
This is an advanced seminar exploring the relationship between human societies and the natural environment, with an emphasis on both sustainable human and environmental relationships. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

SOC 565. Advanced Environmental Sociology 3 cr.
Advanced examination of societal responses to environmental problems including social adjustments to natural and technological hazards, sociocultural aspects of technological risk and impact assessment, and emergence of environmental social movements.

SOC 570. Advanced Sociology of Latinos/as in the United States 3 cr.
In-depth examination and comparative analysis of political and economic issues affecting Latino/a culture and behavior. Topics include the Chicano/a and larger Latina/o movements, the border, immigration, language policies, education, religion, labor and Latina women’s issues.

SOC 571. Advanced Race and Ethnic Relations 3 cr.
In-depth analysis of the dynamics of prejudice/discrimination and patterns of intergroup interaction in the U.S.

SOC 572. Advanced Issues in Medical Sociology 3 cr.
Major issues in the roles and relationships of health care providers and consumers, problems in communication, malpractice, patients rights, and ethics.

SOC 574. Sociology of Organizations 3 cr.
Sociological models of formal organizations relevant to business, education, government, healthcare, military, and religion. Focus on internal organizational structure and dynamics plus the reciprocal relationship between organizations and their operating environment.

SOC 575. Graduate Social Stratification 3 cr.
Advanced examination of theories of stratification and current methods of stratification research. Focus on differences by ethnicity, race, class and gender.

SOC 577. Advanced Sociology of Education 3 cr.
Socio-political and economic factors that shape the structure and operation of educational institutions in modern complex societies. Socio-historical development of the school as a microcosm of society, with examples from American and other school systems.

SOC 578. Advanced Sociology of Development and the World System 3 cr.
Sociological approach to development and the global system. Theories of development, and underdevelopment; world poverty/inequality; Latin America; Africa and Asia in comparative perspectives; transnational borders/U.S.-Mexico border; current topics. Same as GOVT 577.

SOC 579. Advanced Sociological Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Border 3 cr.
Theoretical perspectives and current research on U.S.-Mexico border region, including migration, identity, health, gender, and environment.

SOC 580. Diversity in Alternative Families 3 cr.
Cross-cultural examination of diversity among and within families: analysis of family diversity includes consideration of the theoretical frameworks, ideological commitiments, personal experiences, and methodological approaches to examine family life.

SOC 581. Issues in Social Deviance 3 cr.
Selected forms of deviant behavior, social issues, and social problems.

SOC 582. Individual and Society 3 cr.
Examines reciprocal relationship between individual and society. Topics include socialization, social influence and persuasion, group structure and performance, altruism, aggression, interpersonal attraction, group cohesion and conformity, and intergroup conflict.

SOC 583. Symbolic Interaction 3 cr.
Examination of the interaction of self and the social order including society as process, the negotiation of social order, identity as a social product, role taking and the situated self, the social construction of reality with an emphasis on phenomenology and ethnomethodology.

SOC 586. Advanced Seminar in Power and Politics in the United States 3 cr.
This is an advanced seminar addressing the study of Political Sociology with a focus on the United States. Political Sociology studies the social bases of politics and political systems. It facilitates an understanding of the processes and consequences of power distributions in the United States. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

SOC 587. Advanced International Migration 3 cr.
The course examines international migration as a social process, focusing on the American experience. Students will examine historical and comparative literature on immigration that puts contemporary questions about policy and immigrant assimilation into a broader sociological perspective. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

SOC 589. Advanced Issues in Globalization 3 cr.
Analysis of the globalization process. Covers theories of globalization; global economy; political globalization; global culture; transnational social movements; transnational migration and world labor market; global cities; local-global linkages. Same as GOVT 569.

SOC 596. Internship 1-6 cr.
Supervised participation in appropriate occupational setting. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Graded S/U. Same as SOC 496.

SOC 599. Master’s Thesis 0-6 cr.
Thesis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded S/U. Restricted to majors.