Courses in Sociology-Anthropology

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SOAN 1000 Introduction to Sociology (4 sem. hours).

An introductory survey of social structure and human interaction. The course offers an overview of all major sociological concepts, theories, and research methods; explores issues such as socialization, inequality, social order, and social change; and examines the roles the family, religion, mass media, and education play in our lives. Offered every year during fall and spring semesters.

SOAN 1000 Introduction to Sociology (4 sem. hours).

An introductory survey of social structure and human interaction. The course offers an overview of all major sociological concepts, theories, and research methods; explores issues such as socialization, inequality, social order, and social change; and examines the roles the family, religion, mass media, and education play in our lives. Offered every year during fall and spring semesters.

SOAN 1100 Introduction to Anthropology (4 sem. hours).

This course provides an introduction to the field of Cultural Anthropology where the goal is to better understand the dynamics of what is meant by “culture.” The course will examine theories of what this thing called “culture” is, how it changes, how understandings of it have changed as well as the methods through which anthropologists have arrived at these theories. The course will be particularly attentive to questions about power, race, gender, class and sexuality as they intersect with the particular topics at hand, incorporating aspects of history, economics and politics among other fields.

SOAN 1110 Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations (4 sem. hours).

This course is an introduction to the exciting world of archaeology, a subfield of anthropology that studies past societies through their material culture. It explores the many peoples, cultures, and societies that flourished around the world through time, starting with the earliest humans to the emergence of inequality,the invention of writing, the building of pyramids, and the expansion of empires. Offered every year during fall and spring semesters.

SOAN 1700-3 Soc/Anth Undergraduate Research for Freshmen (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 1750-3 Soc/Anth Special Topics for Freshmen (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 1800-3 Soc/Anth Directed/Independent Study for Freshmen (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 1850-3 Soc/Anth Internships for Freshmen (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 2100 Methods and Statistics (4 sem. hours).

A critical introduction to issues in research design. Types of data analysis and collection covered include fieldwork, interviewing, coding qualitative data, survey design/execution/analysis, and statistical analysis of numeric/coded data. Attention is also given to what inferences can legitimately be made from data. Offered every year in the fall semester.

SOAN 2120 The Many Dimensions of Poverty (4 sem. hours).

An introductory course examining American poverty as a problem for individuals, families, and societies. This course examines historical and contemporary conceptualizations and measurements of poverty, causes of poverty, and the legal, political, and social implications of poverty for society. Offered every year in the spring semester.

SOAN 2130 Marriage and Family (4 sem. hours).

The anthropological and sociological study of human families from a cross cultural perspective. Examines the origin of the human family and the nature of family life in a number of non Western societies and in the United States. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 2140 Crime and Prisons (4 sem. hours).

This course will center around two general topics: (1) Crime, Criminality, and Criminological Theories and (2) Prison, Detention, and Mass Incarceration. Under each topic, students will utilize a sociological perspective to examine the nature of crime, the creation of crime and criminals, and the past and contemporary penal system.

SOAN 2210 Archaeological Method and Theory (4 sem. hours).

This course focuses on the ways in which anthropological archaeolosits gather evidence and interpret material culture to understand different aspects of past human activities and culture change. It usually includes a hands on component. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 2300 Archaeology of Death (4 sem. hours).

This course takes an anthropological lens to think about death and its obvious counterpart, life. It examines death from the Paleolithic to the recent past, studying what tombs and human remains tell us about the lives of people who lived in the past and looking at the ways different societies around the world have created to deal with death. Offered occasionally in the spring.

SOAN 2400 Women and Men in Prehistory (4 sem. hours).

An examination of cultural evolution from the appearance of Homosapiens until the rise of the first urban civilizations, with an emphasis on exploring the contributions made both by women and men to the process of human development, as well as on the nature of gender in the prehistoric past. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 2410 Human Ecology (4 sem. hours).

The anthropology of human ecosystems examines the relationship between culture and environment. The course includes research and theory on how preindustrial societies adapt to their environments and on the ecological problems created by industrial societies. Prerequisite: SOAN 1000, SOAN 1100, or SOAN 1110, or by petitioning the instructor. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 2500 Food and Culture (4 sem. hours).

This seminar course allows students to explore the multi-faceted Connections between the preparation and consumption of food and cultural contexts. Ethnographic studies of food will be the basis for discussions of food’s cultural importance and provide a lens into larger discussions of social and cultural theory. This course typically includes shared meals that relate directly to course materials and are prepared by the students. Prerequisite: SOAN 1000, SOAN 1100, or SOAN 1110, or by petitioning the instructor. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 2600 African Studies Seminar (4 sem. hours).

This seminar invites students to examine Africa as a place and an object of study. Students will gain an understanding of the distinct history, characteristics, and cultures of Africa as well as its tremendous complexities. Questions related to philosophy, literature, history, and politics will be examined through text and film. This course serves as the cornerstone of the African Studies minor. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 2700-3 Soc/Anth Undergraduate Research for Sophomores (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 2750-3 Soc/Anth Special Topics for Sophomores (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 2800-3 Soc/Anth Directed/Independent Study for Sophomores (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 2850-3 Soc/Anth Internships for Sophomores (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 3100 Summer in China (6 sem. hours).

This course offers a brief yet comprehensive survey of Chinese culture and society through readings and site visits. The class is a four week summer program (one week at Millsaps and three weeks in China) that introduces students to both traditional and contemporary Chinese culture and society. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 3110 Special Topics in Archaeology of Selected Culture Area (4 sem. hours)

. This course focuses on the archaeology of a specific region of the world. It explores the many societies and civilizations that flourished in an area through time and the legacy of these ancient societies in the contemporary world. Examples include the Aztecs and Mayas, the Incas and their Ancestors, and Egypt. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 3120 Special Topics in Anthropology of Selected Culture Area (4 sem. hours).

This course examines contemporary cultures of a specific region of the world. It explores different aspects of society and discusses the methodological and theoretical approaches used to understand other cultures. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 3200 Religion, Society, and Culture (4 sem. hours).

An anthropological and sociological investigation through primary texts and field experiences of the relationships among religious institutions and society and culture. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

SOAN 3210 Urban Life (4 sem. hours).

A critical anthropological and sociological examination of the theoretical and empirical literature on the social structure and culture of urban life: the development of cities, the life processes within cities, the relations between cities, and other social and cultural factors making cities more livable. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 3220 Class, Gender, Race: Social Stratification (4 sem. hours).

A sociological examination of the theoretical and empirical literature on the impact of social class, gender, and race on the life course and life chances of people in selected societies. Prerequisite: SOAN 1000, SOAN 1100, SOAN 1110, junior standing, or by petitioning the instructor. Offered every year in the fall semester.

SOAN 3300 Health and Illness (4 sem. hours).

A sociological investigation of the social and cultural factors and those formal and informal organizations shaping health and illness. Prerequisite: SOAN 1000, SOAN 1100, SOAN 1110, or by petitioning the instructor. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 3400 Archaeology of Native Americans (4 sem. hours).

This course examines the archaeology and history of the North American Indians, with a special focus on contemporary issues. Various chronological periods and culture areas are explored through the analysis of artifacts, historical documents, and Native American myth, literature, and poetry. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 3410 Archaeological Field School (4 sem. hours).

This course instructs students in archaeological field methods. Taught at locations off campus, generally for three to five weeks. Students participate in the scientific investigation of an archaeological site through application of various survey and excavation techniques. Offered occasionally during the summer.

SOAN 3600 African Americans and Latinos (4 sem. hours).

This course will provide an exploration of the historical and contemporary experiences of African Americans and Latinos in the United States by examining the nature and dynamics of racial and ethnic relations in various institutions. Specific focus will be given to patterns of migration and incorporation along with an overview of how these groups contribute to and shape U.S. social landscape and institutions. The class starts with an overview of the contemporary experiences of African Americans and Latinos by engaging in various theoretical explanations and end with an extensive look at how members of these groups interact with and influence social policy.

SOAN 3700-3 Soc/Anth Undergraduate Research for Juniors (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 3710 Social Psychology (4 sem. hours).

Integrates current social and psychological theory regarding communication, group dynamics, aggression, and human relations, with its application to real world settings. Laboratory component. This course is the same as PSYC 2170. Prerequisite: SOAN 1000, SOAN 1100, SOAN 1110, or by petitioning the instructor. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 3750-3 Soc/Anth Special Topics for Juniors (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 3800-3 Soc/Anth Directed/Independent Study for Juniors (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 3850-3 Soc/Anth Internships for Juniors (1-4 sem. hours).

SOAN 4200 Social and Cultural Theory (4 sem. hours).

Critical, comparative, and synthetic examinations of historical and contemporary sociological theory, including functionalism, conflict theory, phenomenology, and symbolic interactionism. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered every year during the spring semester.

SOAN 4700-3 Soc/Anth Undergraduate Research for Seniors (1-4 sem. hours).

A seminar in sociological and anthropological research for majors, in which students learn advanced research methods and develop and complete a research project in sociology, anthropology, or archaeology. Prerequisite: SOAN 2100 and junior or senior standing. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 4750-3 Soc/Anth Special Topics for Seniors (1-4 sem. hours).

Areas not normally covered in other courses. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 4800-3 Soc/Anth Directed/Independent Study for Seniors (1-4 sem. hours).

Inquiry by a junior or senior capable of independent work with a minimum of supervision, with a report due at end of semester. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 4850-3 Soc/Anth Internships for Seniors (1-4 sem. hours).

Practical experience and field-based training for majors working with selected organizations engaged in social research, human services, or community services. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 4900 Senior Seminar in Anthropology (4 sem. hours).

A seminar in anthropological practice and theory in which students read key texts and reflect on their course of study, as well as their concentration. Offered every year during the fall semester.

SOAN 4910 Senior Seminar in Sociology (4 sem. hours).

A seminar in sociological practice and theory in which students read key texts and reflect on their course of study, as well as their concentration. Offered every year during the fall semester.

SOAN HI-HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1-4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.