Registration for the Spring 2023 semester will begin on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 and runs through Friday, November 11, 2022. Please be sure to check your PAWS account to determine when you are eligible to register.
*NOTES FROM THE CHAIR*:
- If you still need to complete your statistics requirement, our very own Professor Kline will be offering a brand new statistics for social sciences course designed with you in mind – STA 215-05 and 215-06.
- Try research! Professor Kline is looking for research assistants to help him study the new statistics course to make sure it fits students’ needs. Dr. Brown-Glaude will be hosting a SOC 390 research course – for the first time ever! – and seeks research assistants to help her with her latest book studying cultural, economic, and political change in Jamaica. Descriptions and application information is included below.
Course Waitlist information
Spring 2023 Course List
|Course||Title||Days||Time||Room||Name||Class Nbr||Liberal Learning|
|ANT 110-01||INTRO TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY||Mon-Thurs||12:30 - 1:50pm||SOCI 323||TBD||40442||BSCP; Global|
|ANT 110-02||INTRO TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY||Mon-Thurs||2:00 - 3:20pm||SOCI 323||TBD||40443||BSCP; Global|
|ANT 110-03||INTRO TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY||Tues-Fri||3:30 - 4:50pm||SOCI 321||TBD||40444||BSCP; Global|
|ANT 110-04||INTRO TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY||Tuesdays||5:30 - 8:20pm||SOCI 323||TBD||40449||BSCP; Global|
|ANT 111||INTRO TO BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY||Tues-Fri||11:00am - 12:20pm||SOCI 323||Leader,George||42177||BSCP; Natural Science|
|ANT 171-01||CONTEMPORARY JAPAN||Mon-Thurs||9:30 - 10:50am||SOCI 324||Ogren,Holly||42285||BSCP; Global|
|ANT 171-02||CONTEMPORARY JAPAN||Mon-Thurs||11:00am - 12:20pm||SOCI 324||Ogren,Holly||42286||BSCP; Global|
|ANT 340||SOCIAL CHANGE IN LATIN AMERICA||Mon-Thurs||3:30 - 4:50pm||SOCI 321||Bates,Diane||42287||BSCP; Global; Race & Ethnicity|
|ANT 341||ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY||Tues-Fri||9:30 - 10:50am||SOCI 323||Leader,George||40448||BSCP|
|ANT 370||TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY||Tues-Fri||2:00 - 3:20pm||SOCI 324||Leader,George||40445||BSCP|
|ANT 398 (must be taken with ANT 499)||SENIOR CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP||Tuesdays||5:00 - 6:50pm||SOCI 226||Borland,Elizabeth||42323||BSCP|
|ANT 499 (must be taken with ANT 398)||SENIOR SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGY||Tuesdays||3:30 - 4:50pm||SOCI 226||Borland,Elizabeth||42324||BSCP|
|SOC 101-01||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||Mon-Thurs||9:30 - 10:50am||SOCI 323||TBD||40591||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 101-02||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||Mon-Thurs||12:30 - 1:50pm||SOCI 321||TBD||40592||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 101-03||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||Mon-Thurs||2:00 - 3:20pm||SOCI321||Bates,Diane||40593||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 101-04||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||Mon-Thurs||3:30 - 4:50pm||SOCI 323||TBD||40594||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 101-05||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||Tues-Fri||9:30 - 10:50am||SOCI 321||TBD||40595||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 101-06||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||Tues-Fri||11:00am - 12:20pm||SOCI 321||Borland,Elizabeth||40596||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 101-07||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||Tues-Fri||2:00 - 3:20pm||SOCI 321||Borland,Elizabeth||40597||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 101-08||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||Thursdays||5:30 - 8:20pm||SOCI 321||TBD||42315||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 205||SOCIAL WORK & HUMAN SERVICE||Mondays||5:30 - 8:20pm||SOCI 321||Scarpati,Antonino||42321||BSCP; Community Based Learning|
|SOC 281-01||SOCIOLOGY OF RACE IN THE U.S.||Mon-Thurs||9:30 - 10:50am||SOCI 321||Brown-Glaude,Winnifred||42317||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 281-02||SOCIOLOGY OF RACE IN THE U.S.||Mon-Thurs||11:00am - 12:20pm||SOCI 321||Brown-Glaude,Winnifred||42318||BSCP; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 301-01||DEVELP OF SOCIO-CULTURAL THEOR||Mon-Thurs||2:00 - 3:20pm||SOCI 324||Li,Rebecca||40601||BSCP|
|SOC 301-02||DEVELP OF SOCIO-CULTURAL THEOR||Mon-Thurs||3:30 - 4:50pm||SOCI 324||Li,Rebecca||40602||BSCP|
|SOC 302-01||QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS||Tues-Fri||2:00 - 3:20pm||SOCI 021||Kline,Zachary||40605||BSCP|
|SOC 302-L1||QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS||Tuesdays||3:30 - 4:50pm||SOCI 021||Kline,Zachary||40606||BSCP|
|SOC 314||FOOD, CULTURE AND SOCIETY||Mon-Thurs||12:30 - 1:50pm||SOCI 324||Brodsky,Jodi||42319||BSCP|
|SOC 334||GENDER IN US SOCIETY||Mon-Thurs||11:00am - 12:20pm||SOCI 323||Cohen, Ted||42320||BSCP; Gender|
|SOC 342||SOCIAL CHANGE IN LATIN AMERICA||Mon-Thurs||3:30 - 4:50pm||SOCI 321||Bates,Diane||42613||BSCP; Global; Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 374||MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY||Tues-Fri||11:00am - 12:20pm||SOCI 324||Gazley,Janet||42322||BSCP|
|SOC 390||RESEARCH COURSE IN SOCIOLOGY||Wednesdays||9:00 - 11:50am||SOCI 340||Brown-Glaude,Winnifred||40600||BSCP|
|SOC 398 (must be taken with SOC 499)||SOCIOLOGY CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP||Tuesdays||5:00 - 6:50pm||SOCI 226||Borland,Elizabeth||40607||BSCP|
|SOC 499 (must be taken with SOC 398)||SENIOR SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY||Tuesdays||3:30 - 4:50pm||SOCI 226||Borland,Elizabeth||40609||BSCP|
Spring 2023 Topics in Sociology and Anthropology
Along with the Sociology and Anthropology electives being offered this semester, please consider our topics courses which give students and faculty the chance to focus on a topic that is not currently in the regular curriculum. Please note that you may register for more than one topics class and if you have already taken ANT or SOC 370 with a different topic, you may again register for ANT or SOC 370. For Spring 2023, we offer the following topics course:
ANT 370-01: Archaeology Field Methods
Dr. George Leader – Mon/Thurs 2:00pm-3:20pm
This course is focused on understanding and applying the basic procedures and techniques used in archaeological excavation and recording. The first part of the course will cover field techniques including surveying, mapping, field walking, photography and excavation. Here we will study and analyze the methods applied at a number of sites having different contexts from around the world. Secondly, the course will address post-excavation analysis and curation of artifacts. Proper documentation protocol, conservation and preparation for museum storage will be discussed and practiced. Finally, the archaeological techniques will be applied in an excavation during the third part of the class where there will be hands on experience digging a real archaeological site on the TCNJ campus.
Spring 2023 Research Opportunities in Sociology and Anthropology
SOC 397 Learning Assistants in Sociology for SOC 301
Dr. Li is seeking learning assistants for 2 sections of SOC 301 for Spring 2023. To be eligible, you must have taken the course and earned a B+ or better. You must also have at least a 3.25 GPA.
SOC 397 Learning Assistant in Sociology for SOC 302
Professor Kline is seeking a learning assistant for SOC 302 for Spring 2023. To be eligible, you must have taken the course and earned a B or better, and you must have at least a 3.0 gpa. You need not have taken the course with Dr. Kline to be considered. SOC 397 Learning Assistantship is recommended for students considering careers in education or social action training, or planning to pursue advanced degrees. The student and faculty mentor will specify the learning assistant’s duties in a contract completed before the start of the Spring semester. Preference will be given to students with experience coding in R or R studio or those who would be interested in developing these skills. SOC 302 is scheduled for Tuesday/Friday 2:00-3:20pm with the corresponding lab scheduled for Tuesday 3:30-4:50pm. For more information on Learning Assistant responsibilities and to apply, please fill out the form at the link here: https://forms.gle/uoGVhFjwLVis1vBB6
SOC 390 Research Course in Sociology
This faculty student research seminar with Dr. Brown-Glaude will examine race, ethnicity, class and gender as significant factors affecting the lives of women in the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a diverse region comprising of French, Dutch, Spanish and English-speaking countries. Its geographical diversity is compounded by the coexistence of multiracial, multilingual populations within stratified multicultural societies. While this diversity enriches the Caribbean region, it also poses significant challenges for scholars and activists who attempt to generalize about such complex social systems. Student researchers will explore some of the challenges women in the Caribbean face including gender-based violence against women and girls, gender occupational stereotypes and discrimination in the labor market, vulnerability to climate change, exploitation in the tourism sector, anti-LGBTQ laws, etc. Students will develop invaluable organizational, analytical and communication skills. Especially important for students planning to go on to graduate school, this course will help students identify their own research interests and strengths. This course meets Wednesdays from 9am-11:50am and will count for one unit as a 300-level sociology elective.
To apply for consideration for this research course, please fill out the form at the link here: https://forms.gle/ZS23ENXGjKJYXfPZ7
Student Research Opportunity with Prof. Kline: Inclusive Statistics in the Classroom
As part of Prof. Kline’s position at TCNJ, he is developing a course for Introduction to Statistics for Social Scientists. He will pilot the course during Spring 2023 as STA215. His motivation for wanting to teach this course arose in graduate school:
“Growing up, I often asked my math teachers questions like “When will I ever use this?” and “statistics just tell you whatever ‘they’ want you to believe” However, in graduate school, I found practical purposes for statistics, and a light went off: social statistics are essential to understanding daily life.”
To quote Andrejs Dunkels, “It’s easy to lie with statistics, but it’s hard to tell the truth without them.”
I want folks who take the course to leave with an intuitive understanding of social statistics. But more importantly, I want to remove some of the structural barriers that make statistics (and math more generally) inaccessible and exclusive. Our research team will study structural barriers to quantitative methods with the ultimate goal of better understanding how inequalities emerge in quantitative sciences and how they can be mitigated or removed.
First, I want the course accessible to those with different mathematical or statistical preparation levels. In addition to learning skills previously not acquired, the primary goal is for students to understand standard measures most important in the social sciences intuitively. Statistics is a significant gatekeeper in the social sciences, with many students – especially students who attended high schools that did not invest in their math education – reporting their statistics course among the most challenging course of the major.
Second, many students feel dehumanized by decontextualized statistics. I want the course to include examples and exercises that deconstruct erroneous stereotypes and empower underrepresented voices. For example, there is a pervasive myth of the absent Black father (Links to an external site.), and folks will often carelessly throw around statistics to argue that absent fathers characterize the Black family. As has historically repeated itself, whites paint the monolithic picture with contempt (There is a cultural deficiency in Black family culture) or pity (how sad it is that all “those” kids in “the inner city” don’t have dads. They need male role models, such as the big brother program.) However, a closer look at the data reveals that the ” absent ” data relies upon poor use of marriage rates. But, being born to a married couple doesn’t necessarily correspond to how much time you spend with your parents. A deeper look at the data suggests a much more nuanced picture. Black fathers spend more time with their kids than white fathers, but Black couples get married at lower rates for various reasons. For example, due to incarceration and early death, there are 1.5 million missing Black men. (Links to an external site.)
Lastly, I want the course to emphasize practical applications where social statistics can and will be used in daily life. Learning objectives will correspond to everyday activities so students will actively engage in practices they will use after graduation in their careers, home, and civic life.
I envision a team of 2-5 students working with me on course development and evaluation. Activities could include writing interview schedules, interviewing other undergraduates, writing literature reviews or annotated bibliographies, and/or creating and administering surveys. I welcome any suggestions and am open to students using this team to set up an individualized project branch that I guide or conduct independent research. Group members will be encouraged to produce independent work and submit that work to be presented as a poster (or paper, for especially ambitious students) at an academic conference (TBD). Group members will travel to the conference together (ideally on a grant – meaning the travel is free), present their work, and get experience networking with other students or local organizations (and also to see some of the city!).
No prior experience is necessary to participate in the project. The expected workload would vary depending on your interests and could range anywhere from 1 to 5 hours per week (or more for particularly ambitious students).
E.g., Perhaps you want to assess gendered or racialized barriers present in math; perhaps you want to study misinformation, how it works, how it spreads, or how it changes; perhaps you want to research how to create groups where diverse voices feel included; perhaps you want to study how students make sense of their budgets and student loans (e.g., personal finance) ; etc, etc, etc.
- Provided iPad or Tablet for conducting interviews
- Priority registration in STA215 with me in the Spring or next Fall
- Potential* eligibility for Credit-Bearing Independent Research
- 100 hours = .5 units vs. 200 = 1 unit
- Potential* eligibility for or Paid Research Assistant
- Potential stipend in Spring and/or Fall 2023 (~$1,000) or hourly rates
- Potential eligibility for Small Grant ($500), if enrolled in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
o We can also enroll you as a minor or major in SOC to gain eligibility (4 classes after SOC101, less given research credits)
- Potential eligibility for HSS student travel award (to travel and present at research conference)
*Eligibility is dependent upon your current student standing and research funding is pending successful grant applications
Lastly, please consider applying for Summer 2023 MUSE (Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience). For details on the MUSE 2023 program and instructions to apply please see the MUSE 2023 Request for Proposals. Requests for MUSE applications must be received by January 30, 2023. Students will train full-time (35 hours per week) with their faculty mentors for the 8-week period from June 5 – July 28, 2023. Students should work with their faculty mentor to determine the appropriate work schedule. Students will receive a research stipend of $3,700 plus eight weeks of on-campus housing if requested (worth ~$1400.00 per student for the eight weeks). MUSE students will be housed together and will have the opportunity to participate in community-building social activities and trips in the evenings and on weekends, coordinated by a student committee. Meals are not included (students may purchase meals in the Student Center and use kitchen facilities available in the residence hall and approved appliances in their rooms). The coordinated activities associated with housing are an important aspect of the MUSE community and program, so students are strongly encouraged to live on campus. However, some students may have reasons to opt out of the on-campus housing, in which case the student receives only the $3,7000 stipend. Because housing is a significant expense for the MUSE program, students who request the on-campus housing must fully intend to live on campus all week for the duration of the program. Students participating in MUSE will be required to 1) train full-time on their MUSE project during the 8-week period as agreed with their faculty mentor prior to the end of the spring semester, 2) participate in MUSE community activities when possible, 3) prepare a final abstract and deliver a presentation at TCNJ’s annual MUSE Poster Session in the Fall of 2023, 4) deliver other department-based, school-based, and off-campus conference presentations as determined in consultation with their mentors, and 5) complete evaluations of their summer experience. Ask your advisor about MUSE possibilities for Summer 2023 if interested.
Spring 2023 Course Descriptions
ANT 110 / Intro to Cultural Anthropology
A survey of the major concepts of social-cultural anthropology. Cross-cultural comparison will be a central concern of the course, as will the process of cultural change.
ANT 111 / Intro to Biological Anthropology
What makes us human? Is it the use of language, the ability to manipulate material culture or the fact that we are bipedal? This course will focus on evolutionary theory and the theory of natural selection, the behavior and anatomy of non-human primates, and the evolution of modern humans. Students will also learn how anthropology is directly related to other disciplines including sociology, biology, ecology and geology. (Note: this course has no lab, and while it satisfies the liberal learning requirement for a natural science course, it does NOT satisfy the requirement for a natural science with lab).
ANT 171 / Contemporary Japan
This course is an interdisciplinary survey course that does not require any knowledge of Japanese. Students will learn about Japanese culture, establish connections with other disciplines such as history, sociology, film studies, and literature, and gain a nuanced understanding of the social practices and expectations of native speakers of different varieties of Japanese within their own speech communities. Students will develop and practice critical thinking skills in analyzing stereotypical ideas of Japan and Japanese culture. Students with Japanese-language expertise can opt to take the course for LAC (Language Across the Curriculum) credit with readings and papers in Japanese. This course is cross-listed with JPN 171.
ANT 340 / Social Change in Latin America
Latin America has been the subject for much debate about development in social theory. This course examines the theoretical debates about development and provides empirical case studies to highlight how social change occurs in Latin America. These themes include: economic globalization, gender, migration, resistance to social change, urbanization, environmental degradation, corruption, social movements, structural adjustment, and race relations. This course is crosslisted with SOC 342.
ANT 341 / Environmental Anthropology
This course reviews classic perspectives in cultural ecology, but focuses on the more recent scholarship, especially scholarship that addresses human ecology, political ecology and urban ethnography to give the student perspective on how the environment is experienced in multiple cultural contexts, and how the environment affects different cultures in various ways.
ANT 370 / Topics in Anthropology
Current or specialized topics proposed by faculty or students and approved by the department. Offered primarily for juniors and seniors. It may not be appropriate for freshmen and sophomores. The class may be taken for credit several times if content differs each time. Spring 2022 Topics: Ethnographic Film; Race and Gender in Latin America (see descriptions above).
SOC 101 / Intro to Sociology
Sociology explores the intersection of biography and history. Students learn the basic foundations of sociology, including its development as a field of inquiry, early sociological theory, and methodology. The course also analyzes social organization, addressing culture, structure, socialization, and social control. Students investigate how culture, class, race, sex, family, medicine, business, religion, education, and government affect our lives. Special attention is paid to the impact of society on self.
SOC 205 / Social Work & Human Service Professions
Are you drawn to collaborating with others to improve their lives in a meaningful way? This dynamic course is designed especially for students interested in any human services profession, particularly social work, but also fields such as public health, medical social services, counseling & therapy, rehabilitation, educational support, government, and non-profit management. Together we examine the theory and practice of social work and human services within the larger social welfare system in America. Our exploration probes: a) the complex array of problems that challenge the social functioning of individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities, (b) the various approaches, policies, and interventions employed to enhance or restore social functioning, (c) the unique values, knowledge, and skills required for effective professional practice, and (d) the multiple, varied, and rewarding career opportunities. Critical investigation of America’s structural and systemic social problems is a primary focus, including poverty and socio-economic inequality, health disparities, racism, sexism, and other forms of social injustice. The instructor emphasizes interactive and experiential learning, including small group discussions, career exploration with visiting social work professionals, and completion of a 30-hour, community-based, field experience at a site selected by the student.
SOC 281 / Sociology of Race in the US
A broad sociological study of race in the dynamics of American power, privilege, and oppression. The course argues race, as a concept and social phenomenon, is fluid, malleable, and socially constructed and those characteristics have made it a persistent and useful feature in US historical development. Cross-listed with AAS 281.
SOC 301 / Development of Socio-Cultural Theory
The response of social theorists to the consequences of the industrial revolution and the issues of capitalism, secularism, modern consciousness, and the socio-critical enterprise, as seen through the work of such theorists as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Contemporary development of these theories will also be discussed. Pre-req: SOC 101 or ANT 110 with a B- or better.
SOC 302 / Quantitative Research Methods
The course is designed to familiarize students with quantitative research methodology, methods of quantitative data collection, and analysis of quantitative data used in sociology. In addition, students will learn one of the most widely used statistical software packages in the social sciences (SPSS) and conduct independent research using one of the most widely used sources of quantitative social data, the General Social Survey (GSS). One additional 80-minute lab session is required as a co-component to this course. Pre-req: STA 115 with a B- or better, or STA 215 with a C or better.
SOC 314 / Food, Culture, and Society
Food is among the most essential elements of daily life, yet it can also be one of the most revealing constituents of social processes and social structure. This course will probe the many dimensions and contexts of food. The primary focus will be on its interactive and relational aspects: its role in establishing our identity, preserving our memories, nurturing and sustaining our social connections, as well as potentially dividing us.
SOC 334 / Gender in US Society
An examination of the significance of gender in different areas of contemporary American life. Covers basic concepts, historical perspectives, and changing patterns in attitudes and behavior, drawing on current trends in scholarship, theory, and activism around prominent social issues. Topics include socialization, mass media, the family, work, and sexuality. Special attention is given to intersectional issues across a range of social systems and institutions.
SOC 342 / Social Change in Latin America
Latin America has been the subject for much debate about development in social theory. This course examines the theoretical debates about development and provides empirical case studies to highlight how social change occurs in Latin America. These themes include: economic globalization, gender, migration, resistance to social change, urbanization, environmental degradation, corruption, social movements, structural adjustment, and race relations. This course is crosslisted with ANT 340.
SOC 374 / Medical Sociology: The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Biomedicine in the US
How does social organization shape our contemporary practices around health and medicine? This course will examine key topics in health, illness, and biomedicine through a sociological lens, with a particular emphasis on the social groups and institutions that most influence contemporary American health and healthcare. Areas of focus include: how institutions transform social inequalities into health disparities, the cultural power of the medical profession(s), patients as advocates and experts, and the relationship between science and medicine. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with core concepts and recent debates within the growing field of medical sociology.
SOC 398 / Sociology Capstone Internship
Capstone internship constituting a culminating experience for sociology majors. Course draws on skills and knowledge of sociology courses as well as knowledge gained from the liberal arts broadly construed to be applied to reflect deeply and examine experiences and the social world at the internship site. Must be taken as a bundle with SOC 499 Senior Seminar in Sociology (of the same section number) to fulfill the capstone requirements of the sociology major. (0.5 course unit; Co-requisite: SOC 499; Prerequisites: SOC 301 and 302)
SOC 499 / Senior Capstone Seminar
SOC 301 and SOC 302 are prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
Senior seminar constituting a culminating experience for sociology majors. Course draws on skills and knowledge of sociology courses as well as knowledge gained from the liberal arts broadly construed. Must be taken as a bundle with SOC 398 Sociology Capstone Internship (of the same section number) to fulfill the capstone requirements of the sociology major. (0.5 course unit; Prerequisites: SOC 301 and 302; Co-requisite: SOC 398)