Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Professor D. Paul Johnson, Chairperson.

Professors Curry, Dennis, Goss, Hickerson, Lowe, Peek, Tsai, and Way; Associate Professors Chandler, Dunham, Elbow, Hall, E. Johnson, Matthews, and Roberts; Assistant Professors Dietz, Koch, Stombler, and Paine; Emeritus Faculty: Campbell, Cartwright, and Mayer-Oakes.

This department supervises the following degree programs: SOCIOLOGY, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts; ANTHROPOLOGY, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts; SOCIAL WORK, Bachelor of Arts. In addition, the department participates in the LATIN AMERICAN AREA STUDIES program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The department also participates in the women's studies, urban studies, ethnic studies, environmental studies, family life studies, religion studies, Asian Pacific Rim area studies, and substance abuse studies minor programs. The minimum number of hours required for majors in all baccalaureate programs in the department is a total of 125 hours.

Sociology Program. The Sociology Program includes most of the major substantive areas of the discipline, ranging from interpersonal relations in families and elsewhere to the growth of cities and complex organizations to international relations. Areas of faculty expertise include criminology, marriage and the family, minority relations, gerontology, international development, medical sociology, sociology of religion, social research methods, and social theory. A major or minor in sociology is beneficial to students planning careers in a variety of areas, including, for example, business, law, international development, medicine, and social work. Courses in sociology fulfill General Education Requirements in the social and behavioral sciences in Arts and Sciences and the University.

A student majoring in sociology must complete 30 hours in sociology; 18 hours should be advanced. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be accepted for the major. Specific course requirements are as follows:

I. SOC 1301, 3391, and 3392.

II. At least 6 hours chosen from SOC 3393, 3394, 4391. Students expecting admission to graduate work in sociology should take all three of these courses.

A student minoring in sociology must complete 18 hours of sociology, including SOC 1301. No more than 6 hours of transfer credit will be accepted for the minor.

Students must receive a grade of C or better in each sociology course if they wish it to count toward a major or minor in sociology.

The minimum prerequisite for all advanced courses is SOC 1301 or consent of instructor, unless otherwise indicated in the course description. Freshmen and sophomores who wish to take an advanced course are additionally required to obtain the consent of the instructor in writing.

Teacher Education. Sociology may be used as a teaching field for a secondary teaching certificate, requiring a minimum of 24 hours course work. For specific courses, consult the education advisor of the department in Room 158, Holden Hall.

Anthropology Program. The Anthropology Program reflects the broad scope of the discipline, including the four areas of sociocultural and physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Well-equipped laboratories promote research in archaeology and physical anthropology. The Summer Field School in Archaeology and field trips in Texas and the surrounding region are a highlight of the curriculum. Sociocultural anthropology includes special emphasis on the multicultural U. S. and on Latin America.

A student majoring in anthropology must complete 31 semester hours in anthropology, including ANTH 1101, 2300, 2301, 2302 (or 1301), 3303 or 3308, 3304 or 3345, 3305 or 3351, and 3310 or 3311. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be accepted for the major. With prior departmental approval, 3 advanced hours in related disciplines may be counted toward the major. A minor in anthropology consists of 18 hours, with at least 6 hours in upper-level courses. No more than 6 hours of transfer credit will be accepted for the minor. A grade of C or better must be received in each anthropology course by those working for a major or minor in the subject. No more than 6 hours of individual studies or field courses may be credited to the major.

Anthropology courses provide distribution credit in the three areas of Arts and Sciences: humanities, natural science, and social and behavioral sciences. Courses so indicated give humanities or natural science credit; some others give social and behavioral sciences credit. In addition, anthropology courses fulfill a variety of humanities and social science requirements in other colleges of the University. Students in these colleges should check with advisors in their major departments to learn which anthropology courses will fulfill their college and General Education Requirements.

Teacher Education. ANTH 1301 partially fulfills the multicultural requirement for teacher certification in Texas. Anthropology courses can also be used in the broad field of the social science program for certification.

Social Work Program. The B.A. degree program in social work is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education. The curriculum is based on the generalist social worker model, using an eclectic eco-systems and problem-solving approach and is designed to prepare the graduate for entry into the profession of social work at the beginning level of professional social work practice in public, private, and voluntary social service agencies. The program does not attempt to train the graduate for a specific social work job or field of employment; instead, our graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of settings with diverse populations of people and problems. The curriculum serves as a foundation for qualified students to continue their study at the MSW degree level.

The curriculum is based in the liberal arts, including the humanities, natural sciences (including one semester of human biology), and social and behavioral sciences. The major consists of 36 hours. The overall curriculum also includes a minor and the General Education Requirements of Arts and Sciences and the University. The social work curriculum covers the areas of social services and policy, human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, policy analysis, evaluation and research, and an educationally directed field practicum.

Social work majors generally are expected to complete a minor of 18 semester hours in sociology. This must include SOC 1301 and either 3324 or 3337 plus electives from specific content areas (list available from advisor). Students able to demonstrate that a different minor will support the human behavior component of the social work major may have a different minor approved by the social work faculty advisor. Students should obtain a list of alternative minors and their required course from the social work advisor.

Individuals entering the University as freshmen (including transfer students) who intend to major in Social Work should declare their major to be Arts and Sciences Undeclared (ASUD) on their admissions application. For transfer students the maximum number of social work hours that will be accepted for the major is 9 hours if taken in a CSWE accredited program. Students transferring as sophomores (30-60 hours) should declare Sociology as their major on their admissions application. Students currently enrolled in the University who desire to change their major to social work must meet the requirements listed below. Additional information regarding the social work program and careers may be obtained from the social work faculty.

Requirements for Social Work Major

1. A student must have completed 45 semester hours of course work from the following:

(a) SOC 1301, PSY 1300, MATH 1320, or 1330, ENGL 1301 and 1302 (15 hours);

(b) The remaining 30 semester hours must come from the following Arts and Sciences and University General Education Requirements: English­­sophomore literature or equivalent, MATH 2300 (recommended), oral communication, foreign language, BIOL 1402 and other natural sciences, U. S. history, POLS 1301 and 2302.

2. In addition to completing credits in the above courses a student must:

(a) Have satisfactorily completed SW 2301 and 3311.

(b) Have an overall GPA of 2.5 for unconditional admission to the program. If the student has an overall GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 he or she may be admitted conditionally but must receive at least a B in the first two social work courses.

The sample schedule shown below is suggested for social work majors. This schedule will meet the 45 semester hour requirements listed in the preceding section.

1st Semester2nd Semester3rd Semester4th Semester
SOC 1301PSY 1300S W 2301S W 3312
ENGL 1301ENGL 1302S W 3311S W 3339
MATH 1320/1330BIOL 1402ENGL (lit)ENGL (lit)
Natl. ScienceOral Comm.For. Lang.For. Lang.

Students interested in social work as a minor will enroll in the following courses to meet the 18 hour requirement (all courses are required; substitution may occur only with S W 3300): S W 2301, 3300, 3311, 3312, 3339, and 4311. Social work practice courses (S W 3332, 3333, and 3334) and field practice courses (S W 4340 and 4611) are restricted to majors only.

Courses in Sociology. (SOC)

1301. Introduction to Sociology (3:3:0). Human group behavior, influence on the individual, and relationships of individuals to each other as members of groups. [SOCI 1301]

1320. Current Social Problems (3:3:0). Problems in basic social institutions as marriage and the family, community, economy, government, education, health and welfare, recreation, etc. [SOCI 1306]

2331. The Sociology of Marriage (3:3:0). History, present status, and current problems of the marriage institution. [SOCI 2301] (W S 2331)

3324. American Minority Problems (3:3:0). Sociological analysis of the major racial and ethnic groups in the present United States.

3325. Women in the Modern World (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SOC 1301. Course treats women as group with unique sex role socialization, work, family, and political experience. Emphasis on women in contemporary United States. (W S 3325)

3331. Sociology of the Family (3:3:0). Changing family life styles, mate roles, parent-child relationships, adoption, abortion, population control, technical-industrial impact on American family unit. (W S 3331)

3332. Sociology of Bureaucracy (3:3:0). Governmental, business, and industrial bureaucracies in international perspective with an emphasis on internal structure, relationship between organization and society, and their impacts on human behavior.

3337. Inequality in America (3:3:0). Inequality as expressed in occupational, class, ethnic, and sexual hierarchies is examined from varying sociological perspectives. (W S 3337)

3348. Sociology of China and Japan (3:3:0). A sociological approach to the peoples and institutions of China and Japan. Emphasis is placed on comparing Chinese and Japanese ways of life vis-'a-vis the American way of life.

3352. Social Change (3:3:0). Analysis of change in social systems with emphasis on the technological, economic, political, and cultural. Theories and strategies of change.

3383. Alcohol, Drugs, and Society (3:3:0). Analysis of social factors related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

3391. Introduction to Social Research I (3:3:0). Nature of research process; elementary problems of design; data collection and
analysis; interpretation of research.

3392. Introduction to Social Research II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SOC 3391. Nature of research process; elementary problems of design; data collection and analysis, interpretation of research.

3393. Development of Sociological Theory (3:3:0). Emergence of systematic sociological theory out of social philosophy; evolution of sociology as a discipline in the late nineteenth century.

3394. Contemporary Sociological Theories (3:3:0). Review of major present-day perspectives on society, including structural functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism. Occasional consideration of emerging perspectives, such as ethnomethodology, phenomenology, and sociobiology.

4307. Individual Studies in Sociology (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and high scholastic achievement. Independent study. May be repeated for credit.

4311. Sociology of the Person (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SOC 1301. Effects of group membership on individual attributes and behavior; focuses on the influence of experience in primary groups, and positions in social structure.

4316. Social Gerontology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Advanced standing for undergraduates. Theory and research on aging; covering demographic, socio-cultural, economic, individual, and social factors.

4325. Criminology (3:3:0). Crime and deviant behavior as a social process and their regulation in a democratic society.

4327. Juvenile Delinquency (3:3:0). Delinquency is reviewed as a form of deviant behavior. Attention is given to prevalent theories of causation, distribution, and frequency of delinquency, and the treatment, prevention, and control of delinquent patterns of behavior.

4331. Religion and Society (3:3:0). The sociological study of religious groups and beliefs. The reciprocal relationships between religious institutions and society.

4362. Cities and City Life (3:3:0). The modern city in its ecological, cultural, and social aspects.

4373. Socialization (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Advanced standing. The process whereby individuals learn to behave willingly in accordance with the prevailing standards of their culture, emphasizing the family as the primary socialization unit.

4381. Sickness, Health, and Society (3:3:0). The sociological study of the medical institution and its interrelationship with other societal institutions. Differential definitions of health and illness.

4382. The Sociology of Mental Illness (3:3:0). Analysis of the problems of mental health and illness from the sociological perspective. Study of sociological approaches to the definition of mental illness; the social epidemiology of mental illness, problems of recognizing and defining conditions of mental illness, and hospital and community treatment of mental illness.

4391. Opinion Polling Analysis (3:3:0). Students use computers in analysis of survey data and write research reports. Open to nonmajors. Computer capability required.

Courses in Anthropology. (ANTH)

1101. Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1:0:3). Optional laboratory for ANTH 2300. Study of human and nonhuman primate skeletons and fossils; blood types, genetics, anthropometry.

1301. Understanding Multicultural America (3:3:0). Introduction to the variety of cultures in America, designed to foster an appreciation for the diversity and integrity of American cognitive, linguistic, and cultural styles. (Fulfills the State Standard Requirement in Multicultural Education for education majors.)

2300. Physical Anthropology (3:3:0). Study of human biological evolution and racial variation. Includes principles of human heredity and evolution and discussion of body build, skin color, blood types, and population genetics. [ANTH 2301]

2301. Fundamentals of Archaeology (3:3:0). An introduction to archaeology and what it has told us about our past, from the earliest beginnings to the birth of civilization.

2302. Cultural Anthropology (3:3:0). An introduction to the study of human culture and its variations in contemporary and recent historic peoples, western and nonwestern. (Honors section and Spanish language section offered in some semesters.) [ANTH 2351]

3300. Anthropology and Contemporary Life (3:3:0). An anthropological approach to topics of current interest in American culture. Content varies. Topics have included anthropology and literature, the writings of Carlos Castañeda, evolution vs. creation, and sex and gender. May be repeated for credit.

3303. World Ethnology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ANTH 1301, 2302 or consent of instructor. A survey of world culture areas and culture types, with in-depth use of selected case-studies.

3305. Anthropological Linguistics (3:3:0). A survey of the origins and development of human language, phonological and grammatical characteristics of languages, and distribution and relationship of languages and language families.

3306. Women in Culture and Society (3:3:0). A comparative study of sex and gender in human society; biological and cultural factors which influence women's roles, status, and their contributions to cultural institutions. Counts toward women's studies minor. (W S 3306)

3308. Cultural Ecology (3:3:0). A comprehensive study of the interaction between human communities and their environments, emphasizing the cultural consequences of changes in this ecological relationship.

3310. Human Evolution (3:2:3). Prerequisite: ANTH 2300 or consent of instructor. Study of human origins and evolution as a mammal, primate, and bioculturally adapting species. Emphasizes principles in evolution and systematics and recent discoveries in paleoanthropology.

3311. Human Variation (3:2:3). Prerequisite: ANTH 2300 or consent of instructor. ANTH 3310 is not a prerequisite. Study of human heredity, biodiversity, and adaptations. Survey of the physical and genetic variations of modern populations throughout the world.

3312. Primate Behavior (3:3:0). A survey of the biological and behavioral diversity of nonhuman primates. Emphasizes issues concerning evolution, social organizations, and conservation of prosimians, anthropoids, and hominoids.

3315. Health, Medicine, and Culture (3:3:0). The anthropology of health; concepts of illness, health, and aging in different cultures, including the role of the healer in the Third World. Recommended for health preprofessionals.

3323. Man and the Supernatural (3:3:0). An examination of the elements of religion: belief systems, sacred symbols, ritual, and shamanism. Emphasis is on primitive religion. Gives humanities credit in Arts and Sciences.

3325. Anthropological Folklore (3:3:0). The role of folklore not only as entertainment but as explanation and validation of ways of life: myth, parable, legend, proverbs, riddles, and fairy tales. Gives humanities credit in Arts and Sciences.

3331. Indians of North America (3:3:0). The experience of Native American peoples from their discovery of the New World to their present status. Incorporates historical and ethnographic approaches; selected case studies.

3332. Peoples of Latin America (3:3:0). The anthropology of Latin America: the high cultures of prehispanic times, the Conquest and colonial periods, and the tribal and peasant peoples of today, including such groups as Amazonian tribesmen, Andean peasants, and Chicanos. Recommended for Latin American Area Studies students.

3345. North American Archaeology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 or consent of instructor. A study of the archaeological background of aboriginal Americans with a particular interest in artifacts and art and the architecture of past civilizations.

3346. Ancient Civilizations of Middle and South America (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 or 3304 or 3345 or consent of instructor. The origins, development, and cultural achievements of the great civilizations of Middle and South America: the Incas, Aztecs, Mayas, and their predecessors. Gives humanities credit in Arts and Sciences.

3347. Texas Prehistory (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 or consent of instructor. A comprehensive survey of 12,000 years of human activity in Texas; the major prehistoric sites and findings of archaeological studies.

3351. Language and Culture (3:3:0). An inquiry into the interrelations of language and other aspects of culture; languages as reflecting or actively molding human perception and experience. Gives humanities credit in Arts and Sciences.

3371. Peoples of the Southwest (3:3:0). A survey of this area's cultural heritage, including prehistoric and contemporary Indian peoples, and the immigrant Anglo, Hispanic, and other cultural groups of recent times.

4000. Individual Problems in Anthropology (V1-3). Prerequisite: ANTH 1301, 2300, 2301, or 2302 plus advanced standing and consent of instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit.

4300. History of Anthropology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Survey of main currents in the history of anthropology, with selected readings from major theorists in the field.

4341. Archaeological Methods and Techniques (3:2:3). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 or consent of instructor. A presentation of the methods and techniques, such as field reconnaissance and site excavation, laboratory analysis, and reporting used by archaeologists to determine and define the ancient human past.

4343. Human Skeletal Biology and Forensic Techniques (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ANTH 3310 or 3311. Intensive study of skeletal biology emphasizing subadult and adult morphological variation. Includes analysis of paleopathology, trauma, age sex, and stature estimation.

4372. Society and Culture of Mexico (3:3:0). A survey of contemporary Mexico, emphasizing Indians and other peasant villagers, migrants to the cities, and other groups studied by anthropologists. Study of the cultural processes which have created modern Mexico.

4642. Field Archaeology (6:2:8). Prerequisite: ANTH 2301 and 4341 or consent of instructor. A summer session field school providing instruction in basic archaeological field techniques, including site survey, test excavations, record keeping, mapping, and collection documentation.

Courses in Social Work. (SW)

2301. Social Welfare as an Institution (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SOC 1301 or consent of instructor. To introduce the beginning social welfare student and other interested students to the field of social welfare by examining the historical development and perspectives of social welfare as it relates to the development of voluntary and governmental social services. [SOCW 2361, 2362]

3300. Community Service: Principles and Practice (3:2:5). Application of knowledge of community service agencies, social problems and helping skills on local human service agencies. Includes classroom and volunteer service components. Social work majors may not use this course as part of their curriculum.

3311. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3:3:0). Corequisite: SW 2301 or consent of instructor. An introduction to an ecosystems and psycho-social approach to understanding human behavior. Emphasis on interaction among biological, social, emotional, and cultural systems.

3312. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SW 3311 or consent of instructor. An examination of the person-environment interaction from infancy through old age. Emphasis on transitional issues and problems, dysfunctional, and maladaptive behavior.

3332. Principles of Social Work Practice (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SW 2301, 3311, 3312; corequisite: SW 3333 and consent of instructor. An introduction to social work principles, values, and relationship-building skills. Focuses on developing and maintaining working relationships through skillful communication with clients and professionals.

3333. Social Work: Profession and Interventive Means I (3:3:0). Corequisite: SW 3332 and consent of instructor. The social work profession: its values, principles, and methods. The generic knowledge and skills necessary for the data gathering and analysis phases of the interventive process of social work problem solving.

3334. Social Work: Profession and Interventive Means II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SW 3333 and consent of instructor. An in-depth examination of the social work methodology of social casework as an interventive means of problem solving with individuals and families.

3339. Social Work Research and Evaluation (3:3:0). Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 2300 or SOC 3391 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the cycle and process of social work knowledge building through the scientific approach. Emphasis on designs for evaluation of programs or individual practice.

4311. Seminar in Social Policy and Social Legislation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Senior standing. In-depth analysis of current issues and their accompanying social policy and social legislation as it pertains to the field of social welfare and social service delivery systems.

4321. Issues in Social Work Practice and Profession (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SW 3334 and consent of instructor. Contemporary issues in the specialized study of social work practice, with emphasis on service delivery systems or methodologies. May be repeated once for credit with change in emphasis.

4340. Social Work: Field Placement Integrative Seminar (3:3:0). Prerequisite: SW 3334 and corequisite: SW 4611. A seminar designed to increase the integration of social work knowledge and skills used in the student's individual practice of social work. (Social work majors only.)

4611. Social Work: Field Experience (6:0:30). Prerequisite: SW 3334; corequisite: SW 4340. A closely supervised individual experience in the practice of social work knowledge, methods, and skills in a welfare or related agency. Pass-fail. (Social work majors only.)

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