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 Sociology


Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Emeritus: M. Kennedy

Professor: S. E. Ibrahim

Associate Professors: A. Bayat, N. Nosseir

Assistant Professor: M. Abaza, R. Abdulhadi, J. Fatayer

Sociology is the systematic study of society with special attention to social interaction and the social making of humans. It investigates the forces that hold society together and that threaten to pull it apart through the analysis of interaction at every level from micro-group interaction to competition of nation states. Having as its goal a holistic understanding of human society, human beings and their lives, sociology is relevant to a wide range of other disciplines and every day life issues. As a result, sociology has a broad scope that includes culture, family, gender, crime, religion, politics, development, population, and urbanization, among others. Besides their coursework, sociology majors are given the opportunity to carry out supervised field research as a part of their undergraduate program.

Bachelor of Arts

In addition to the possibility of pursuing advanced graduate work in sociology or related fields, majors are trained for employment in international development agencies, government, non-governmental organizations or the private sector in social and community services or research and managerial positions.

In order to declare the major in sociology, students must pass SOC 201 with at least a "B". Continuation within the major is dependent on maintaining at least 2.5 GPA within their concentration requirements. Students must take SOC 495 in their last full academic year. Courses at the 500-level are also open to selected advanced undergraduates.

A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor's degree in sociology:

Core Curriculum (40 credits) as stated on pages 80-84

Concentration Requirements (39 credits)

SOC

201

Introduction to Sociology

ANTH/SOC

309

History of Social Theory

ANTH/SOC

310

Contemporary Social Theory

ANTH/SOC

381

Doing Survey Research in the Social Sciences

ANTH/SOC

450

Third World Development

ANTH/SOC

495

Senior Seminar

 


One of either

SOC

203

Social Problems of the Middle East

OR SOC

206

Arab Family Structure and Dynamics

 


One of either

ANTH/SOC

303

Social Movements

OR SOC

307

Social Class and Inequality

 


Two additional 300 level courses in sociology

Three additional 400 level courses in sociology

Collateral Requirements (27 credits)

PSYC

207

Basic Statistics for the Social Sciences

 


Three of the following courses:

ANTH

202

Cultural Anthropology

PSYC

201

General Psychology

POLS

201

Introduction to Political Science

ECON

201

Introduction to Economics

JRMC

200

Introduction to Mass Communication

CSCI

102

Introduction to Computers and their Applications

ANTH

380

Fieldwork Methods

 


Five additional courses from any social science or humanities discipline, or relevant substitutes, to be approved by the advisor, at least three (3) of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Electives (11-21 credits)

Minor

The minor in sociology introduces students to the central concepts and methods of the field. Emphasis is on the theoretical perspectives of sociology in the study of society, culture, and the individual.

Requirements (15 credits): SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology, 381 Doing Survey Research in the Social Sciences, 309 History of Social Theory, one 300-level sociology course, one 400-level sociology course.

Sociology Courses (SOC)
 

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

201

Introduction to Sociology

203

Social Problems of the Middle East

206

Arab Family Structure and Dynamics

210

Arab Society

301

Social Psychology

303

Social Movements

304

Bureaucracy and  Development

306

Sociology of Literature

307

Social Class and Inequality

309

History of Social Theory

310

Contemporary Sociological Theory

311

Contemporary Anthropological Theory

321

Urban Society in Transition

322

Rural Sociology

323

Fundamentals of Population Studies

332

Race, Ethnic, and Minority Relations

370

Environmental Issues in Development

381

Doing Survey Research in the Social Sciences

400

Selected Topics in Sociology

402

Independent Study

405

Industrial Sociology

406

Educational Sociology

408

Criminology

409

Sociology of Addiction

411

Advanced Social Psychology

422

Religious and Symbolic Systems

431

Political Sociology

450

Third World Development

455

Seminar in African Studies

460

Development Studies Seminar

495

Senior Seminar

 

 

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