Academic Catalog

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


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Email: I.Castro@mcla.edu

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work Major

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. The program emphasizes scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry to understand the dynamics of power, poverty, inequality, criminality, childhood and families, health, aging, refugee displacement, cultures of resistance, and social change. Students are encouraged to integrate formal instruction with supervised activities outside the classroom such as internships in social service agencies, service learning, and attendance at professional conferences. Our interdisciplinary program is guided by shared principles that promote human rights, social justice, civil responsibility, and respect for diversities to prepare students for global citizenship in the 21st century.

The major is built upon six foundational courses and one upper level elective that apply a critical perspective for the development of a sociological imagination. Advanced courses extend foundational knowledge and allow students to explore interests in Anthropology, Social Work, and specialized areas within the field of Sociology. Students have options of pursuing minors in Anthropology, Child and Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Health, Aging and Society, and Social Work with course requirements specific to these fields. The program prepares students for careers in counseling, child and youth services, corrections, rehabilitation, public health, community organizing, and social justice research and advocacy. Many students continue their studies in Master’s and Ph.D. programs. A common graduate degree pursued is the Master’s of Social Work (MSW).

Students graduating with a major in sociology will:

  • Think critically and be able to evaluate, synthesize, and analyze social science research design and apply this knowledge in original research projects;
  • Understand the sociocultural perspective, demonstrate cross-cultural awareness, and identify forms of social inequality and stratification;
  • Link academic frameworks to experiential learning such as internships, community based learning, field trips, and travel courses;
  • Be prepared for careers and/ or entry into related graduate programs.

Practitioner Series Courses

The social work and criminal justice practitioner series utilizes the rich experience of leading area professionals to present courses in specialty areas not covered in the general curriculum. Practitioners provide a mix of theory and practical wisdom developed over years of experience. These are evident as they teach courses in their areas of specialization (e.g., child welfare, mental health, corrections).

Anthropology

ANTH 130 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology3 cr

Introduces students to the basic concepts, theories and methodologies of sociocultural anthropology. Creates an awareness of the wide spectrum of cultural variation throughout the world. Demonstrates that through the study of anthropology, we may not only gain an understanding of "exotic" cultures but also of our own sociocultural experience.

Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ), Core Self & Society (CSS)  
ANTH 240 Peoples of the World3 cr

Exposes students to the concepts and methods of sociocultural anthropology through the examination of several cultural groups around the world. Delves into several important topics within anthropology such as economic systems, indigenous peoples, migration, and health. Introduces and practices basic anthropological methods.

Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ), Core Self & Society (CSS)  
ANTH 305 Anthropology of Refugees and Displacement3 cr

Explores the refugee experience in socio-cultural perspective. Considers the role of nationalism, capitalism, ethnicity, race, violence, trauma, and human rights in refugee processes. Examines and critiques the four components of the refugee journey: displacement, the refugee camp, asylum processes, and the durable solutions.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240 or instructor approval  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
ANTH 310 Global Health3 cr

Explores global health issues and crises such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, polio, and food insecurity in social and cultural perspective. Critically examines the colonial history, socio-medical impacts, and cultural contexts of global health interventions. Investigates a current event in global health.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240 or SOCI 100  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
ANTH 315 Community Health3 cr

Examines the impact of social inequality, culture, violence, environment, and gender on health outcomes. Investigates the socio-cultural components of major local health issues, including food insecurity, metabolic disease, mental health, and addiction. Assesses the effectiveness of public health interventions both locally and globally. Introduces anthropological approaches to developing public health interventions.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240 or SOCI 100  
ANTH 323 Culture and Conflict in Africa3 cr

Scrutinizes the experience and legacy of colonialism, independence, and social change in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Challenges common representations of Africa in media and scholarship. Possible topics include: the aftermath of revolution, religious practices, health, inequality, urban life, and cultural productions.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
ANTH 330 Children and Culture3 cr

Focuses on a comparative analysis of children's lives in the U.S. and other cultures. Examines the interplay of culture and biology in the socialization process. Children will be viewed at work and at play. Explores significant social problems affecting children.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
ANTH 345 Culture, Health and Illness3 cr

Compares medical beliefs and practices in Western and non-Western societies. Examines cultural beliefs, social behaviors, and economic and environmental factors that influence susceptibility to disease. Addresses issues concerning patient-doctor communication and psychosocial management of illness.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
ANTH 346 Disability and Culture3 cr

Examines ways cultural meanings of disability and experiences of people with disabilities vary across cultures and historical eras. Investigates impact of social institutions, such as education, family, government, media and medicine, on the lives of disabled. Explores disability as a site of cultural creativity, as evidenced by interactive strategies, performance art, and life writing, as well as a site of oppression and exclusion. Compares global disability rights movements.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240 or SOCI 100  
ANTH 355 Politics of Culture3 cr

Explores nation-states as social and historical creations. Examines the forces and factors that produce national, ethnic, indigenous and popular culture. Investigates gendered, ethnic and religious dissent, and controversies concerning diverse cultural claims and transnational processes. Considers the role of popular culture in shaping representations of self and others. Examples are drawn from the U.S., Israel/Palestine, South Africa, Egypt, Tibet, and more.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240 or instructor approval  
ANTH 355H Honors: Politics of Culture3 cr

Explores nation-states as social and historical creations. Examines the forces and factors that produce national, ethnic, indigenous and popular culture. Investigates gendered, ethnic and religious dissent, and controversies concerning diverse cultural claims and transnational processes. Considers the role of popular culture in shaping representations of self and others. Examples are drawn from the U.S. Israel/Palestine, South Africa, Egypt, Tibet, and more.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240 or instructor approval  
Attributes: Honors Program (HONR)  
ANTH 365 Gender Roles and Culture3 cr

Examines the roles and statuses of women and men in Western and non-Western societies, treating gender as a social construct rather than a biological given. Considers theories about the bases of sexual inequality and the relationship between gender and other social hierarchies. Investigates how cultural notions of gender influence an individual's religious, political, sexual and familial experiences.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
ANTH 370 Culture, Power and Protest3 cr

Compares the forms of resistance practiced by oppressed groups in a variety of societies. Considers the assumptions that have influenced researchers' assessments of social action. Emphasizes that numerous cultural practices, ranging from religious rites to oratory to spirit possession, have political implications.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
ANTH 380 Gender and Health3 cr

Focuses on issues related to gender and health in the U.S. and around the world. Examines topics such as: reproduction, fertility, reproductive justice, eating disorders, gender-based violence, sexuality, medical technologies, gender confirmation surgeries, and health activism.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or ANTH 130 or ANTH 240  
Attributes: Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
ANTH 395 Special Topics in Anthropology3 cr

A course or seminar for students who have taken a substantial number of anthropology courses. Such courses or seminars may explore any of a variety of topics concerning social anthropology, physical anthropology, archeology, applied anthropology or linguistics, or courses in theory and method.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240 and additional prerequisites to be announced  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
ANTH 495 Advanced Special Topics in Anthropology3 cr

Provides advanced anthropology students an opportunity to explore advanced topics, current issues, methods, and theories in the field of anthropology.

Prerequisite: ANTH 130 or ANTH 240 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
ANTH 499 Teaching Assistant in Anthropology3 cr

Supervised academic class presentation(s), assistance with study sessions and tutorials, attendance at all classes, final paper and other duties negotiated with course instructor. Must have completed a minimum of four (4) courses in the discipline, have a 3.0 overall GPA or better, and a B+ or better in the course. This course can be taken for either pass/fail or traditional letter grading. The course requires approval of the department prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status  
ANTH 500 Independent Study1-3 cr

Open to juniors and seniors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth under the direction of an anthropologist. Requires written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status, department approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 12 credits  
ANTH 501 Research Assistant1-3 cr

Students will assist faculty member in conducting original quantitative and/or qualitative research projects. The responsibilities may include collecting archival, ethnographic, interview, or focus group data, working with data sets, or other research activities. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: SOCI 331, junior/senior status, instructor approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 6 credits  
ANTH 540 Anthropology Internship3-15 cr

Placement of advanced students in a public or private organization which actively apply anthropology, archeology or ethnohistory as part of their work routine. Internships may be developed in such areas as interethnic services, cultural resource management, museum work, local history, etc. Internships are awarded from 3 to 15 credits per semester, depending on the extent of student involvement.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status, ANTH 130 or ANTH 240, six semester hours of related courses at 200 level or above, department approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 15 credits  

Sociology

SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology3 cr

Introduces the history, major concepts, and methods of sociology. Examines elements of social organization, sociological analysis of groups and relationships between major institutions of society. Emphasizes the idea of the sociological imagination and its application to contemporary issues.

Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ), Core Self & Society (CSS)  
SOCI 201 Social Problems3 cr

Studies problems and disorganization in modern industrial society such as: poverty, racism, sexism, environmental pollution, militarism and family issues.

Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ), Core Self & Society (CSS)  
SOCI 210 Families3 cr

Explores contemporary American families (the forms they take, the functions they serve, the problems they face) within the context of families of other historical time periods, and other cultures. Presents an interdisciplinary examination of topics such as: gender roles, marriage, divorce and blended families, nonmarital lifestyles, parenting, family policy and technology's impact on family life.

Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Core Self & Society (CSS), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
SOCI 282 Social Constructions of Deviance3 cr

Analyzes social definitions of and responses to deviance, as well as explanations of its causes. Examines drug and alcohol use and abuse, mental illness, sexual and gender differences, and other issues frequently considered deviant.

Attributes: Core Self & Society (CSS)  
SOCI 305 Latinas in US Society3 cr

Addresses the modern lives of young Latinas in the U.S. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, family, friendship, romance, appearance, identity, and socioeconomic status. In particular, the subject of "voice" or "voz" and the strength Latinas gain in society through expressing their opinions and giving testimony will be explored. The subject of the commodification and national/intercultural expectations of the body of Latinas will also be given much attention.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
SOCI 312 Sociological Theory3 cr

Explores the meaning of theory and its utility in the sociological enterprise. Examines foundational works of major classical theorists (Comte, Marx, Weber, Durkheim) and introduces contemporary perspectives such as symbolic interactionist, critical, feminist, and postmodern theories.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and two SOCI electives  
SOCI 316 Sociology of Sport3 cr

Analyzes sport as a microcosm of society. Specifically focuses on American sport from youth through the professional levels. Studies sport and the following: socialization, business, mass media, ethical dilemmas, race, gender, structural inequality and secular religion. Examines the sociological reasons why contemporary sport is organized and functions as it does.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
SOCI 321 Race and Ethnic Relations3 cr

Explores the intersection of race, ethnicity, and issues of diversity in the U.S. and beyond. Begins by establishing what race and ethnicity are in the U.S. Course topics related to race will include family relations, friendships, urban life, gender, socioeconomic status, stereotypes, community, and space/location. Occurrence of racism and related inequality in its various forms is a central discussion thread throughout the course.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
SOCI 322 Population3 cr

Studies human populations in terms of size, composition, and distribution, and the causes and social consequences of these three characteristics. Examines issues of population policy at community, national, and international levels.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
Attributes: Environmental Studies (ENVI)  
SOCI 325 Contemporary Social Issues Through Film3 cr

Examines American society through the medium of film. Students learn how to analyze movies sociologically, to place them in their historical and cultural context, both as shaping forces in society and as reflections of underlying social issues.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
SOCI 331 Methods of Social Research3 cr

Examines sociological methods commonly used in the study of the social world, as well as ethical and political issues related to the research process. Explores the various steps of research design, data collection (questionnaire construction, interviewing, observation, content analysis) and data analysis. May include an independently designed research project.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and two SOCI electives  
SOCI 351 Criminology3 cr

Studies the nature of crime and theories of criminal behavior; operation of courts, police systems and correctional institutions; probation, parole and crime prevention.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
SOCI 352 Juvenile Crime, Justice and Advocacy3 cr

Analyzes deviant/offender behavior and the criminal justice system for children and youth. Considers current issues (e.g., gangs, racism/discrimination, policing, sentencing, incarceration) from various societal perspectives. The course also explores youth advocacy efforts and collaborative work in schools and the larger community to assist youth offenders.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS)  
SOCI 355 Law and Society3 cr

Analyzes the development of law in complex societies, its functions and the social forces that influence rule-making and rule-sanctioning institutions. Examines the workings of legislatures, courts and executive administrative agencies, as well as the role performance of legal practitioners - legislators, judges and lawyers.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
SOCI 360 Women, Movies, and MTV (music television)3 cr

Addresses sociological and social work accounts of the lived experiences of women in American society including special populations such as survivors of rape, spouse abuse, incest and mental illness. Compares these accounts to historical and cultural depictions of women in movies and MTV. Examines the images of women in film as a powerful form of cultural conditioning.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or PSYC 100 or any Self & Society course  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
SOCI 395 Special Topics in Sociology3 cr

A course or seminar for students who have taken a substantial number of sociology courses. Such courses or seminars may explore any of a variety of topics concerning social groups, social institutions, social interaction patterns, or any of the vast array of topic areas dealt with by sociologists.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and additional prereqs to be announced  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
SOCI 402 Genocide3 cr

Examines legal definition and cases of genocide to understand structural preconditions and effective prevention strategies.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
SOCI 403 Social Movements3 cr

Introduces students to major social movements of the 20th Century in the U.S. and the variety of state responses to them. Examines political, social, economic conditions that gave rise to movements and the ways in which these movements have succeeded and failed. Explores why people join movements and the tactics they use to achieve movement goals. Additional focus on how art (poetry, literature, performance art, murals, photography) can function as a form of political protest.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
Attributes: Leadership Minor (LDRS)  
SOCI 410 Sociology of Education3 cr

Uses a race, class, gender analytic structure to investigate social inequalities in education. School choice, urban schools, school sports, space/location, and friendship are some of the areas that will be explored. Family involvement in school choice, tracking, and magnet programs will also be considered. Grade school through college educational outcomes will be addressed.

Prerequisite: SOCI 331 or PSYC 290 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
SOCI 415 Sociology of Happiness3 cr

Explores attainment and production of human happiness at individual and societal levels. It examines happiness theory and research from sociology, philosophy, anthropology, social psychology, health, political science, economics, public policy, and other fields to provide a comprehensive understanding of wellbeing and its multiple sources.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
SOCI 425 Sociology of Childhood3 cr

Explores the sociology of childhood. The course will begin by establishing definitions for the child and the sociology of childhood. Methodological issues surrounding children as research subjects, meaning making, sense of belonging, inequality, and culture in the worlds of childhood will be addressed. There will be a special focus in this course on the existence and displays of agency and interpretive reproduction in children's lives.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS)  
SOCI 432 Doing Sociology: Workshop4 cr

Provides opportunities for students to advance their understanding of social science inquiry in Sociology, Anthropology or Social Work by engaging with research methods, ethical principles and challenges, and research processes within qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies. Students will gain advanced practical knowledge and skills through the application of qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or ANTH 130 or ANTH 240, junior/senior Status or instructor approval  
SOCI 441 Social Stratification3 cr

Explores and analyzes stratification systems, theories of stratification, social mobility, types of inequality, methods of measuring inequality, and the impact upon life style and personality.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
SOCI 495 Advanced Special Topics in Sociology3 cr

Provides advanced sociology students with an opportunity to explore advanced topics, current issues, methods, and theories in the field of sociology.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
SOCI 499 Teaching Assistant in Sociology3 cr

Supervised academic class presentation(s), assistance with study sessions and tutorials, attendance at all classes, final paper and other duties negotiated with course instructor. Must have completed a minimum of four (4) courses in the discipline, have a 3.0 overall GPA or better, and a B+ or better in the course. This course can be taken for either pass/fail or traditional letter grading. This course requires approval of the department prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status  
Repeatable: maximum of 6 credits  
SOCI 500 Independent Study - Sociology1-3 cr

Open to juniors and seniors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth under the direction of a sociologist. Requires written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status, department approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 3 credits  
SOCI 501 Research Assistant1-3 cr

Students will assist faculty member in conducting original quantitative and/or qualitative research projects. The responsibilities may include collecting archival, ethnographic, interview, or focus group data, working with data sets, or other research activities. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: SOCI 331, junior/senior status, instructor approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 6 credits  
SOCI 505 ProSeminar3 cr

Prepares students for the start of potential graduate studies in the social sciences or a related discipline. The seminar will focus on and facilitate student exploration of graduate education and training opportunities including such topics as: the graduate school/program research and selection process; crafting curriculum vitae and/or business resumes; constructing a statement of purpose; and editing writing samples for graduate applications.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval  
SOCI 540 Sociology Internship3-15 cr

Placement in public or private organizations that apply knowledge and approaches from the social sciences. Internships are available in community development, criminal justice, educational programs and institutions, and governmental agencies. Internships are awarded from 3-15 credits per semester, depending on the extent of student involvement.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status, six semester hours of related coursework at the 200-level or above, department approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 15 credits  

Social Work

SOWK 241 Introduction to Social Work3 cr

Studies the history of social welfare in America, major current social welfare programs, the profession of social work, social service settings and the social work methods of casework, group work and community organization.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100  
SOWK 340 Inequality and Social Policy3 cr

Examines social welfare policies and programs from the New Deal to the present analyzing their economic, cultural, historic and political roots. Emphasis on selected issues such as poverty and inequality, healthcare, abuse and neglect, daycare and parental leave. Examines social welfare policies as expressions of American values and political processes and compares American programs to those of other industrialized countries. Special attention paid to the experience of social program recipients.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or any Self & Society course  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
SOWK 348 Social Work Skills3 cr

Focuses on fundamental social work skills such as establishing a helping relationship, interviewing, listening, feedback, summarizing, and problem solving. Explores contracting, professional values, termination work, and social worker roles of mediator, advocate, outreach worker, social broker, and activist.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or PSYC 100  
SOWK 355 Community Organizing3 cr

Explores community organizing as a means of empowering citizens to make successful changes in the social issues impacting their communities. Involves the study of theories of community organizing and social change and participation in projects offering a chance to learn about community organizing through practice.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100, recommended SOWK 348  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ), Leadership Minor (LDRS)  
SOWK 395 Special Topics in Social Work3 cr

A course or seminar for students who have taken a substantial number of social work/social service courses. Such courses or seminars may explore any of a variety of topics concerning casework, group work, community organization, social planning, social policy or other courses which deal with techniques or theory related to social work/social service practice.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 and additional prereqs to be announced  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
SOWK 405 Poverty and Place3 cr

Explores the relationship between poverty and location (both physical and social) in U.S. society. Examines multiple poverty contexts within the U.S. (i.e. American Indian reservations, urban communities, small towns), paying close attention to differences and similarities. Analyzes approaches to poverty reduction from the perspective of people living in each context.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status and SOWK 241 or instructor approval  
SOWK 442 Social Casework3 cr

Examines casework practice theory and methodologies as applied in a variety of social service settings. Focuses on the psychosocial framework of study, assessment and treatment of client problems. Explores casework with special populations such as children, teenagers, and depressed and suicidal clients.

Prerequisite: SOWK 348  
SOWK 443 Casework with Couples and Families3 cr

Explores clinical practice with family problems. Examines the ways in which environmental, social, economic, psychological and institutional pressures help create and exacerbate family dysfunction, and the integration of this understanding into skilled intervention with families.

Prerequisite: SOWK 348  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
SOWK 452 Social Work with Youth Offenders3 cr

Examines research and practice related to youth offenders. The causes of youth offending, as well as prevention and treatment, are examined from a variety of perspectives. Current intervention methods will be discussed, and direct exposure to those methods in practice settings will be provided via field trips, speakers, and media presentations.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or PSYC 100  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS)  
SOWK 475 Family Violence3 cr

Examines violence within contemporary American families through the lenses of gender, culture, and age. Emphasis is placed on the physical and sexual abuse of women and children. We explore theory, research, and solutions from the fields of social work, sociology, psychology, and feminism.

Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or PSYC 100 and junior/senior status, or instructor approval  
Attributes: Child & Family Studies Minor (C&FS), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
SOWK 495 Advanced Special Topics in Social Work3 cr

Provides advanced social work students with an opportunity to explore advanced topics, current issues, methods, and theories in the field of social work.

Prerequisite: SOWK 241 and junior/senior status or instructor approval  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
SOWK 499 Teaching Assistant in Social Work3 cr

Supervised academic class presentation(s), assistance with study sessions and tutorials, attendance at all classes, final paper and other duties negotiated with course instructor. Must have completed a minimum of four (4) courses in the discipline, have a 3.0 overall GPA or better, and a B+ or better in the course. This course can be taken for either pass/fail or traditional letter grading. This course requires department approval prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status  
SOWK 500 Independent Study-Social Work1-3 cr

Open to juniors and seniors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth under the direction of a social worker. Requires written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status, department approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 12 credits  
SOWK 501 Research Assistant1-3 cr

Students will assist faculty member in conducting original quantitative and/or qualitative research projects. The responsibilities may include collecting archival, ethnographic, interview, or focus group data, working with data sets, or other research activities. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: SOCI 331, junior/senior status, instructor approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 6 credits  
SOWK 540 Social Work Internship3-15 cr

Placement in social or human service agencies. Internships are available in counseling, advocacy, outreach, organizing, planning and the administration of social programs. Students gain field experience under supervision from both agency and departmental personnel. Internships are awarded 3-15 credits per semester, depending upon the extent of student involvement.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status, six semester hours of related courses at the 200-level or above, department approval, SOWK 241  
Repeatable: maximum of 15 credits  

Women Gender Sexuality Studies

WGSS 201 Introduction to Women Gender and Sexuality Studies3 cr

Explores the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural forces that inform sex, gender, and sexuality within the context of feminist movements. Students learn and engage with concepts and theoretical perspectives found in the field of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Understand the multiple matrices of power that shape the world and our lived experiences.

Attributes: Core Self & Society (CSS), Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
WGSS 202 Feminist Theory3 cr

Analyzes and evaluates historical and contemporary feminist works tracing the origins of feminist theories within various local and global contexts. Discuss the development and waves of feminist theory via social and political spheres, women of color feminisms, and intersectional and postmodern forms of feminist theory.

Prerequisite: WGSS 201  
Attributes: Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
WGSS 395 Special Topics in Women Gender and Sexuality Studies3 cr

Examines in depth a specific topic area in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Provides advanced work in women, gender, and sexuality studies literature, theory, and/or research in a topic area. Content identified by subtitle.

Prerequisite: WGSS 201  
Attributes: Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
WGSS 500 Independent Study1-3 cr

Open to juniors or seniors who wish to study in depth a particular topic related to women, gender, and sexuality studies by drawing upon the perspectives of at least two different disciplines (or MCLA departments). An affiliated Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor faculty member must be the sponsor of the project.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status and WGSS Minor  
Attributes: Women Gender Sexuality Studies (WMST)  
Repeatable: maximum of 12 credits  

Teaching Licensure

Students majoring in sociology may opt to pursue initial teacher licensure as an early childhood teacher or elementary teacher. These students will complete the sociology major, education major, and a licensure program in education.