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Sociology (2005-2006)

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Department Chairperson: John F. Wozniak
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Tawnya Adkins Covert
Department Office: Morgan Hall 404
Department Telephone: 309/298-1056 Fax: 309/298-1857
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Location of Program Offering: Macomb

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • Igolima T. D. Amachree, Ph.D., Michigan State University
    • William R. Faulkner, Ph.D., University of Kansas
    • Brendan Maguire, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
    • Kenneth Mietus, Ph.D., University of Missouri
    • Essie M. Rutledge, Ph.D., University of Michigan
    • Shengming Tang, Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    • John F. Wozniak, Ph.D., McMaster University
  • Associate Professors
    • Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, Ph.D., University of Florida
    • Gina Petonito, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Assistant Professors
    • Tawnya Adkins Covert, Ph.D., Purdue University
    • Patricia K. Anderson, Ph.D., University of Chicago
    • David Rohall, Ph.D., University of Maryland
    • Cynthia B. Struthers, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor
    • Diane Sandage, M.A., Western Illinois University
  • Assistant Professors
    • Carlos Garcia, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
    • Elgin Mannion, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
    • Lora Wallace, Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • Instructor
    • Chris Adamski-Mietus, M.A., Western Illinois University

Program Description

The Master of Arts degree program in sociology is designed to meet the needs of students having interests in several substantive areas including criminology and deviance, modernization and demography, social change and collective behavior, the family, organizations, stratification, and race and ethnicity. The Master of Arts degree in sociology qualifies individuals for jobs in government, human service agencies, and businesses which require a social science or behavioral science master's degree. Community colleges employ master's graduates as teachers, and some universities employ them as entry level, temporary teachers. The Master of Arts degree also serves as preparation toward a Ph.D. degree in sociology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the graduate program in sociology must have a 2.75 overall undergrad GPA or a 3.0 or higher for the last two years. Applicants are encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination prior to admission, and it is strongly recommended for those applying for graduate assistantships. Students who have not had a course in statistics are required to take a course in elementary statistics.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in sociology may be earned by satisfying either the requirements of the Thesis Plan or the General Sociology (Non-Thesis) Plan. In either case, a degree plan must be submitted and approved by the department before the thesis proposal or paper is presented. No more than nine semester hours may include SOC 501 and courses outside the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Western Illinois University. No more than six semester hours may be taken at the 400G level.

  • Thesis Plan
    • SOC 518 History of Sociological Theory: 3 s.h.
    • SOC 530 Statistical Methods: 3 s.h.
    • SOC 531 Advanced Research Techniques: 3 s.h.
    • SOC 600 Thesis Research: 3 s.h.
    • SOC 601 Thesis in Sociology: 3 s.h.
    • Directed Electives: 15 s.h.
      Total Program: 30 s.h.
      A thesis proposal must be approved by the student's thesis committee before research for the thesis is undertaken. A final oral defense of the thesis is required.
  • General Sociology (Non-Thesis) Plan
    • SOC 518 History of Sociological Theory: 3 s.h.
    • SOC 530 Statistical Methods: 3 s.h.
    • SOC 531 Advanced Research Techniques: 3 s.h.
    • Directed Electives: 27 s.h.
      Total Program: 36 s.h.
      An oral presentation of a paper, which can be based on an area of the student's course work, will be given to the departmental faculty. The paper must be approved by the student's adviser and a second reader selected by the student, and the paper is to be kept on file in the Department.

Course Descriptions


405G Sociology of Aging in Rural and Urban America. (3) An investigation of the social and political consequences for communities and society at large from the expanding populations of the aged, and a sociological examination of the relationships between community and institutional arrangements and the social and social-psychological dimensions of aging. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

414G Population. (3) The distribution, growth, and characteristics of human population and its relationship to social organization. Prerequisites: Two courses in Sociology including SOC 100 or 510.

415G Social Stratification. (3) Distribution of wealth, power, and prestige and related structures and values. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

424G Sociology of Mental Health. (3) A survey of the history, causes, treatment, and effects of mental illness in the United States with emphasis on sociological factors such as social class, race, definitional process, etc. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or 510, SOC 200, or permission of the instructor.

425G Juvenile Delinquency. (3) A survey of theories of causation relating to juvenile delinquency and an analysis of the development of history of the juvenile court in America and the relationship of that system to rehabilitation prospects, detention facilities, police behavior, and various social institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or 510, SOC 200, or permission of the instructor.

426G Industrial Sociology. (3) Impact of industrialization on society; structure and functions of work organization; occupations and careers; managerial union philosophies; industry‑community relations. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or 510, or permission of the instructor.

435G Women and Crime. (3) Theories of female criminality, patterns of female crime and victimization, women in corrections, and women as criminal justice practitioners are examined. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or 510, or permission of the instructor.

445G Sociology of Corporate Crime. (3) A sociological analysis of theories and research concerning the nature, extent, costs, and control of crimes committed by corporations. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 510, SOC 355, or permission of the instructor.

455G Sociology of Corrections. (3) An examination of the sociocultural and socioeconomic causes and functions of correctional institutions. An analysis of the social organization of both the inmate social system and the administrative treatment and custodial personnel, and an examination of the facilitators and impediments to rehabilitation generated by the social organization. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or 510 and SOC 355, or permission of the instructor.

460G The Family. (3) Institutions and systems of kinship, marriage, family grouping, child rearing, personal maintenance, and status placement. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or 510, or permission of the instructor.

462G Political Sociology. (3) An analysis of power structures, decision-making systems, conflict, conflict resolution, and various theories of power. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

464G Sociology of Religion. (3) Research findings concerning religious groups and institutions, function of religion in sacred and secular societies; comparisons of religious norms and their effect on patterned behavior, relations between religion and other institutions such as economic, family, etc. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 510 and two additional sociology and anthropology courses.

465G Deviance, Crime, and Control in Socio-Historical Perspective. (3) Historical conceptions of deviance; origin of prisons, asylums; emergence of police; rates and types of deviance and varieties of social control in particular historical periods. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 510 and two additional sociology and anthropology courses.

471G Urban Sociology. (3) City life forms and the alternative structures of complex societies; special arrangements, systems of decision making; belief formation, energy use, communication, socialization, and control. History of urban growth, ecology, complex organization, and sources of cohesion. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 510 and three additional courses in sociology and anthropology.

480G Deviance and Disruption in the American Family. (3) A sociological analysis of family deviance; neglect; abuse; and violence including processes leading to major personal crises and family disruption; and social programs and policies. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 510, or permission of the instructor.

501 Individual Readings in Sociology and Anthropology. (1-3) Special topics selected in consultation with the instructor. Repeatable to a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

510 Advanced General Sociology. (3) An intensive general in-depth survey of sociological principles, concepts, methodology, and findings. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Intended (1) as a course for graduate students, cognates or majors, who have no, or limited, training in sociology and for these students the course satisfies all prerequisites for 400G level sociology courses, and (2) as intensive general training for sociology majors in preparation for teaching introductory sociology at the college level.

515 Advanced Criminology. (3) Survey seminar in crime. Sociological examination of measurement of crime, types of crime, major crime theories, recent empirical research, and topical issues in criminology. Prerequisites: Three semester hours of undergraduate criminology courses and six semester hours of graduate level sociology courses.

518 History of Sociological Theory. (3) Sociological explanations of social action, social systems, social organization and culture, and their implementations for research. Prerequisite: SOC 333 or permission of the instructor.

530 Statistical Methods. (3) Modern statistical techniques and methods of data analysis in the social sciences. Data reporting, random variation and sampling procedures, interviewing, secondary data sources, the search of unobtrusive measurements, and techniques of data processing. Prerequisite: Twelve semester hours of sociology and anthropology including SOC 100 or 510, 232, 332.

531 Advanced Research Techniques. (3) A detailed examination of data-gathering techniques, including scaling, questionnaire construction, sampling procedures, interviewing, secondary data sources, the search for unobtrusive measurements, and techniques of data processing. Prerequisites: Completed 9-15 hours of graduate work and one undergraduate course in statistical reasoning.

545 Developing Societies and Social Change. (3) Acculturation and changing personality, class, family structures, elites and leadership, religious and cultural life transformation, and international economic integration of developing societies under impact of Western penetration. Systematic knowledge of social change as derived from observation of newly emerging societies. Prerequisite: Twelve semester hours of sociology and anthropology.

546 Social Conflict. (3) Minority struggles, violence, deviance, hostile actions and counter-measures are examined in the context of reorganization of systems of interaction and of changing values; functions of conflict, social conditions of conflict and alternatives to conflict in group relations. Prerequisite: Twelve semester hours of sociology and anthropology.

550 Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family. (3) An advanced and critical treatment of the current issues, research and theoretical formulations of contemporary marriage and family life styles, emphasizing major demographic, economic, cultural, gender role and value system changes leading to personal and social consequences. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, or 6 semester hours of sociology and anthropology including SOC 100 or 510, 370 or 480.

555 Socialization. (3) Processes of internationalization of norms through symbolic interaction; theories regarding agencies, forces, cultural variation in socialization process; role theory, relationship to age-sex statuses, social adjustment, social class, vocation, education, and child development. Formulation of personality as set of predispositions for action derived from internalized role components. Prerequisite: Twelve semester hours of sociology and anthropology.

561 Family and Work Roles. (3) A comprehensive review of the changing pattern of family and work roles in the United States and in other societies. The review includes a new pattern of married couples' sex role division, employment, and career experience. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of sociology.

562 Complex Organization. (3) Nature of systems of interaction; relationship of individuals to systems, boundaries, goals, statuses, communications; comparisons of organizational models; organizational change, conflicts and disparities within organizations; relationships between organizations. Prerequisite: Twelve semester hours of sociology and anthropology.

565 Sociology of Health and Medicine. (3) An examination of the field of health and medicine including the self, illness and wellness; caregiver and client relationships; total institutions; demography and epidemiology and examination of health care. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

570 Seminar on Current Crime Research. (3) Crime theories and research developed since 1975 are examined. Research topics may include gender, race, violent crime, white collar crime, terrorism, or other topics. Prerequisites: Three semester hours of undergraduate criminology; six semester hours of graduate sociology, including SOC 518.

580 The 20th Century. (3) This course is an overview of social change and the development of the discipline of sociology in the United States during the 20th Century. Sociologists will describe and discuss work done this century in their respective areas of sociological specialization. Sociological interpretations of major social changes and trends in the areas of family, government, economy, group relations, and popular culture will be provided. Prerequisite: Twelve semester hours of sociology or permission of the instructor.

590 Writing in Sociology. (3) This course promotes improved writing competence in sociology and overcoming writing problems. Focus is on intellectual expression, critique of writing, and presentation of sociological ideas. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of sociology.

599 Seminar in Sociology. (1-3, repeatable under different special topics) Special topics in sociology to be announced. Prerequisite: SOC 510 or permission of the instructor. Intended primarily for majors in sociology.

600 Thesis Research. (3)Prerequisites: SOC 518, 530, and 531.

601 Thesis in Sociology. (3)

612 Seminar in the Instruction of Undergraduate Sociology. (3) Designed to prepare sociology majors for the teaching of elementary courses at the junior college and four‑year college level. Syllabus preparation, emphasizing course content and selection of topics and issues; course outlines, lecture planning, examination techniques, problems of rapport and objectivity, text selection. Students will present guest lectures in participating classes. Prerequisite: Sixteen graduate hours or candidacy.


410G Anthrozoology. (3) Anthrozoology examines human-animal relationships from the perspective of anthropology with an emphasis on culture and its influence on attitudes toward animals. Prerequisite: ANTH 110 or permission of instructor. Successful completion of a course in research methods is highly recommended.

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