• Fall 2019 — Introduction to Society; Sociology of Love/Courtship; The Family (online); Honors Seminar: Sociology of Gender and Sexuality

  • Spring 2019--Social Problems; Sociology of Love/Courtship; The Family (online)

  • Fall 2018--Introduction to Society (2 sections); Sociology of Sexuality;

  • Summer 2018--The Family (the online); Social Inequalities (online)

  • Spring 2018 -- Introduction to Society; Sociology of Sexuality; The Family (online)

  • Fall 2017 -- Introduction to Society; Social Problems; Sociology of Love/Courtship

  • Summer 2017 -- The Family (online); Social Inequalities (online)

  • Spring 2017 -- FMLA leave

  • Fall 2016-- Introduction to Society; Sociology of Gender

  • Spring 2016 -- Introduction to Society; Sociology of Sexuality

  • Fall 2015 -- Introduction to Society

  • Summer 2015 -- Social Inequalities

  • Spring 2015 -- Sociology of Families; Introduction to Sociology

  • Fall 2014 --Crime, Law, and Deviance, Introduction to Sociology

  • Summer 2014 -- Social Inequalities (online)

  • Spring 2014 -- Sociology of Sexuality

  • Fall 2013 -- Sociology of Sexuality

  • Summer 2013 -- Social Inequalities (online)

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Society/Introduction to Sociology

This class examines larger social forces—including the state, the media, the workforce, race, class, mass media and culture industries, and the sex/gender system—and how they influence both our cultural assumptions and our lived realities.

Social Problems

This course is an examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives. It is designed to provide the student with an understanding of how major systems of power, such as racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism, are interrelated, and result in numerous social problems.

Courtship, Love, and Romance (Sociology of Love/Sociology of Marriage)

This course explores sex, love, romance, desire, and intimate relationships in the modern world. We examine some of the cultural, structural, and historical conditions that shape one of the most profound sets of human experiences: those associated with love and relationships.

Sociology of Gender

This course explores the social constructedness of sex and gender. We look at the ways in which sex and gender are social phenomena that change over time and vary across cultures.

Sociology of Sexuality

This course looks at a wide range of sexual phenomena from a sociological perspective. The sociology of sexuality is, quite simply, the study of how sexual identities, attractions, and experiences are shaped by culture.

Social Inequalities

This course examines the larger social structures—including the state, the media, the workforce, race, class, and the sex/gender system—that propel and limit the people living within it, impacting our daily lives and creating, reinforcing, and reifying social inequalities.   We learn theories which attempt to explain the persistence of social inequality within industrialized societies.

The Family/Sociology of Families

This course focuses on families in the contemporary U.S.  Introduces how sociologists scientifically study families and along with them, topics that seem very personal, emotional and important to many of us: ideals about love, marriage, gender, parenthood, sex and sexuality. We consider both the “public” and “private” dimensions of families.

Sexual Controversies

An expansion of SOC 311, this course examines those sexual practices that fall into the “grey areas” of social acceptability: those topics and practices around which there is substantial controversy (e.g. kinks, sexual relationships with substantial age gaps, sex work, hook-ups, etc.). Rather than simply the “private matters” as we like to believe them to be, in reality, sex and sexual behavior is bound up with culture, history, politics, and power. This course aims to help unravel the complex nature of these topics—and the debates surrounding them--by looking at them through a sociological lens.

Crime, Law, and Deviance

This course provides an introduction into the nature and causes of criminal and deviant behavior. The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the issues related to crime, the roots and application of criminal law, the theories criminologists and sociologists use to explain crime, and the relativity of deviant behavior using a critical approach.  The course introduces and analyzes patterns of crime, discuss theories of crime, considers the impact of the media, and addresses the unequal application of criminal law in order to cultivate a greater understanding of why crime exists.  This course aims to help students learn to recognize power, construction, and control in the labeling of deviance.