Sociology and Anthropology
Rossey Hall, Room 539
The Sociology and Anthropology Department offers a variety of degree tracks. Students in the Sociology and Anthropology Department are curious about human behavior, particularly in the context of present and past societies. They want to better understand how people and groups interact, how institutions function, how communities form and operate. This curiosity— along with the knowledge and skills the study of sociology and anthropology provide—helps our majors succeed in the workplace or graduate study.
The study of sociology and anthropology shapes students into articulate communicators, critical thinkers and vanguards for social justice. NJCU’s urban setting is the ideal place to study the diversity of cultures and their commonalities. Our coursework covers socially relevant topics that spark lively discussions and deep reflection: juvenile delinquency, death and dying, health, social change, politics, racial identity, and more. Sociology and anthropology students have a breadth of careers open to them, but many work in education, public service, criminal justice, law and the nonprofit sector.
Our faculty members are a diverse group with a range of interests and specialties. They create an inclusive, welcoming learning environment for both traditional and non-traditional students and they are happy to talk to you about how a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology can help you reach your career goals.
The Sociology Department sponsors a chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society of Sociology.
Fred Andes, Chairperson
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Rutgers University, B.A.; M.P.A.; Yeshiva University, M.S.W., D.S.W.
John A. DeBrizzi
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
New Jersey City University, B.A., M.A.; State University of New York at Buffalo, Ph.D.
Kenneth R. Good
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Pennsylvania State University, B.A., M.A.; University of Florida, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Tufts University, B.A., Yale University, M.A., University of Arizona, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Dillard University, B.A.; Southern University, M.A.; Louisiana State University, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
New Jersey City University, B.A.; Rutgers University, M.S.W.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Harvard University, A.B.; University of Pennsylvania, A.M., Ph.D.
Various discipline-specific concentrations that will prepare students for multiple fields of employment or areas of additional undergraduate/graduate study are noted below. Course requirements for each concentration are explained in detail. The requirements for graduation, in addition to completion of the major area, are listed on "Undergraduate Degree Requirements."
SOCI 1XX Sociology Transfer Credit (0 Credits)
SOCI 2XX Sociology Transfer Credit (0 Credits)
SOCI 106 Social Problems (3 Credits)
SOCI 109 The Changing Family (3 Credits)
This course applies a sociological perspective toward understanding the historical and contemporary functions and transformation of the family. It examines the current state of American families, addressing issues of cohabitation, divorce, same-sex marriage, and the rising number of single person households.
SOCI 111 Principles of Sociology (3 Credits)
SOCI 112 Analysis of Social Institutions (3 Credits)
Students learn a sociological approach to analyzing the organization and functioning of a social institution, and intensively study the historical development and contemporary form of selected sectors of society such as religion, education, economy, politics, family, health and welfare, and relationships among these sectors.
SOCI 113 Social Problems (3 Credits)
This course studies contemporary social problems such as inequality racism, sexism, corporate/governmental power and crime. The underlying social factors in these problems are stressed.
SOCI 114 Sociology of the Family (3 Credits)
SOCI 115 Introduction to Anthropology (3 Credits)
This course studies the biological and cultural evolution of mankind--through archeologically derived information as well as observations of contemporary societies.
SOCI 120 Introduction to Aging Studies (3 Credits)
This introductory course is designed to explore the importance of age and aging in individuals and in society. It provides an integrated overview of gerontology--the study of aging. The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for students who seek careers in the field of gerontology and human services for the aging.
SOCI 121 Sociology of Families (3 Credits)
This course examines the current state of American families and the sociological perspective facing families and the institution of marriage. It also looks at how singles cope with everyday life and alternative life-styles.
SOCI 141 Cultural Anthropology (3 Credits)
SOCI 143 African-American Families: Past and Present (3 Credits)
This course emphasizes the structure of African American families in American society. African American families are viewed as social systems in contrast with other family and kinship systems.
SOCI 200 Field Internships in Aging (3 Credits)
Designed for students with a concentration in gerontology, this is a one-semester internship in a group, agency or organization that deals with elderly people. Appropriate placements include nursing homes, community centers, senior centers, mental health agencies, nutrition programs and hospitals.
SOCI 201 Women and Family in Different Cultures (3 Credits)
This course examines family structures in selected cultures of the world; their effect on women's roles as wife, mother, daughter, homemaker and worker. The course also considers changes in family life and alternatives to the nuclear family. (Cross-listed with Women's Studies)
SOCI 203 Native People of South America (3 Credits)
SOCI 204 Creative Knowing (3 Credits)
This is an interdisciplinary examination of ancient and contemporary motifs (verbal, visual and conceptual). The course concentrates on the transmission of these motifs as found in the myths, legends and tales of many cultures and academic disciplines.
SOCI 205 Life in Society (3 Credits)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the understanding of human behavior in the social environment. It examines the interaction of individuals and groups in various social situations, emphasizing the dynamics of day-to-day relations.
SOCI 210 Future Society (3 Credits)
This is an examination of those aspects of our present civilization that could have a profound impact on the future of mankind. Consideration is given to written work, which has attempted to give insight into what lies ahead. Students are expected to develop their own hypotheses about future societies with an attempt to anticipate what their subsequent roles in that society might be.
SOCI 221 Human Services in Aging (3 Credits)
This course provides an integrated overview of the needs of the aged and the various services and agencies dealing with the aged, particularly in the urban communities. Topics include the federal, state, local, and neighborhood levels of service, the public and private sectors, the legal and organizational arrangements through which services are provided; and the integration among Service agencies.
SOCI 225 Class, Status and Power (3 Credits)
This course analyzes the extent to which people differ in power, prestige, possessions and life chances. Attention is paid to factors that affect the individual's ability to improve his or her status.
SOCI 230 Cities of Industry (3 Credits)
This course utilizes sociological perspectives to help students understand the rise, fall, and recent transformation of industrial cities in the New Jersey/New York Metropolitan area. Students will explore the industrial origins of these cities and examine the challenges faced by these cities in the contemporary post-industrial era.
SOCI 232 Sociology of the Aging (3 Credits)
This course examines age as a factor in society. Discussion topics include social changes that affect the aging; problems and issues like health, housing, family relations, activities, and conflicts with other age groups are discussed.
SOCI 233 Introduction to Social Work (3 Credits)
This is an introduction to the theories and practices of social work, community resources and the structure of welfare.
SOCI 234 Social Policy and Welfare (3 Credits)
This course provides students with a basic understanding of the historical development of social welfare policies and programs in the United States. Students explore the values, perceptions, political orientations, and religious beliefs, which have influenced the changing definitions of social problems and the varied treatment of diverse segments of the population during various eras.
SOCI 235 Labor and Society (3 Credits)
The course focuses on the structure of the American occupational system and its relationship to other societal institutions and social movements, as related to the students' occupational expectations. This knowledge is put into practical use by field research assignments, which empirically expose the student to the methods and problems of combining his/her college education with the marketplace.
SOCI 237 Refugees and Forced Migration (3 Credits)
The UN counts 51 million refugees and forcibly displaced people in the world, a number that may quadruple by 2050. They flee from war, genocide, gender violence, political and religious persecution, but seldom find a home. This class examines their circumstances, human rights, and the struggle to escape and survive.
SOCI 241 Workshop on the Aging (3 Credits)
SOCI 243 Death and Dying (3 Credits)
The course examines the varied patterns of beliefs and rituals that have been developed to manage death in the past, the emerging pattern of managing dying and death in contemporary society, and the social forces that are shaping our death beliefs and practices.
SOCI 244 Ethnic Families in America (3 Credits)
This course is designed to explore the general family patterns and relationships of Asian, African, and Latin American and European American families for whom an ethnic culture has important behavioral and social consequences.
SOCI 245 Sociology of Religion (3 Credits)
The social function of religion in society, the interrelationship of religion with other social institutions, social changes affecting religion, and the structure of the major religious bodies is topics of discussion.
SOCI 246 Sociology of Education (3 Credits)
This course examines the structure and function of the learning process. It is a close examination of American educational institutions and the interrelationship of education to the other major institutions. The formal and informal systems are viewed with emphasis on contemporary trends.
SOCI 247 Native Americans (3 Credits)
This is a study of Native American people from earliest times to the present day, with an emphasis on the various groups before the first European contact. Pan-Indian movements and the Indian role in modern society are also studied.
SOCI 248 Human Origins (3 Credits)
Topics of discussion are focused on evolutionary theories and the biological evolution of man. The course examines the fossil remains of modern man's possible ancestors, and the tools associated with them, elementary genetics, theories about race, the scientific bases of these theories, and their social effects.
SOCI 249 China: Today (3 Credits)
This is an introductory course outlining the culture of modern China. Assigned readings, lectures and class discussions acquaint the student with the life and culture, achievements and problems of China. Audio-visual material enables the student to gain a more intimate understanding of life and society in China today.
SOCI 252 Evolution of Culture (3 Credits)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the evidence we have for the emergence of ancient civilizations in different regions of the world and to the theories anthropologists and others have developed about the origin and expansion of those civilizations.
SOCI 253 Visual Sociology (3 Credits)
This course focuses on learning to observe and interpret the social meaning of visual evidence. We examine behavior patterns, rituals, design of physical space, clothing, and images used in art and business. The visual methods of sociology and anthropology participant observation, controlled observation, and physical traces are studied.
SOCI 254 Urban Sociology (3 Credits)
This course analyzes the social factors, which shape American cities and metropolitan regions. The student becomes acquainted with methods of research in urban sociology.
SOCI 255 Juvenile Delinquency (3 Credits)
Systematic study of the nature of juvenile delinquency in modern society, theories about the cause of delinquency, social factors affecting juvenile behavior, and modern methods of handling delinquency, including the juvenile court system is presented in this course.
SOCI 256 Indian Society in Transition (3 Credits)
This course examines the crises and challenges of the second most populous country in the world. It studies institutional changes such as the case system, political leadership, and two of the major religions of the world - Hinduism and Buddhism. It also investigates the future prospects of India.
SOCI 257 Comparative Cultures (3 Credits)
This course compares and contrasts the ways different societies have attempted to provide basic human needs. The characteristics of various cultures are explored and compared.
SOCI 259 Community Organization:Theory & Practice (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the development of the student's understanding of the concept of community and the theory of community. Function and structure of the community as a social system and the impact of the community on the individual are explored. Strategies for community organization are addressed.
SOCI 260 Black Community Organization (3 Credits)
This course examines the structure and goals of black organizations, informal social structure, leadership, gaps in organization and leadership, and the influences of external social forces on the black community and programs that deal with black community problems. The course involves field work.
SOCI 261 African Cultural Influences in the New World (3 Credits)
This is a contemporary community study in areas of the New World where African slavery once existed, such as Brazil, the West Indies, and the United States. Attention is given to reworking of African cultural elements under conditions of slavery and the post-emancipation period.
SOCI 262 Health, Illness & Society (3 Credits)
This course examines the various ways that health and illness intertwine with social organization and customs. Topics for discussion include social patterns that affect the health and health behavior of individuals, groups, and societies, body care as a system of social behavior, how illness is explained in various belief systems and the impact of disease on persons, groups and society. The course is useful preparation for careers in health businesses and agencies: social work, nursing, community planning, and teaching.
SOCI 265 Racial & Cultural Minorities (3 Credits)
This course examines race, ethnicity and religion in minority-dominant group relations. After examining the interrelationships of these factors and immigration, focus is on African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians as minorities. Theory and research in the areas of prejudice and discrimination are examined.
SOCI 266 Criminology (3 Credits)
This course explores the nature of crime, crime rates and trends, characteristics of offenders, patterns of criminal behavior, theories of crime causation, social forces affecting crime and criminal justice and the operation of the criminal justice system.
SOCI 267 Cultural Assimilation (3 Credits)
This course discusses the process whereby members of minority groups acquire in whole or in part the culture of the dominant group. Attention is paid to those forces that serve to resist as well as those that accentuate the assimilation process.
SOCI 268 Urban Anthropology (3 Credits)
Studies the cultural system of cities, and the influences of urban life on social organization and attitudes. The course focuses on rural-urban migration, urban segregation, and contemporary urban problems including poverty, racism, violence and street gangs. In addition, the dynamics of acculturation in the Jersey City immigrant community will be addressed.
SOCI 272 Field Experience in Social Practice (3 Credits)
SOCI 300 Interpreting Culture (3 Credits)
This is a critical review of the history of anthropological approaches to understanding culture. The history of anthropological theory from the enlightenment to post-modernism is discussed the emphasis is placed on the dynamics of culture change from simple to complex societies.
Pre-Requisite(s): 6 credits in Anthropology
SOCI 308 Forensic Anthropology (3 Credits)
Forensic anthropology applies anthropological research and techniques to resolve medico-legal or forensic cases. The course focuses on the study of the human skeleton or remains to assess age, sex, race, stature, and nature of trauma or cause of death. In general, forensic anthropologists focus on bones whereas forensic pathologists (who are physicians) focus on soft tissues such as organs and body fluids.
SOCI 309 Riots, Rebellions, Revolutions: Civil Conflict and Violence (3 Credits)
This course critically examines the events of the Summer of 1967 during which several episodes of civil conflict took place in American cities, most notably Newark NJ and Detroit Michigan. These events, often referred to as “riots” or “rebellions”, can also be seen as “revolutionary” in their impact on these cities and the nation as a whole. Students will intensively research these events, explore their causes and consequences, apply theoretical perspectives from several academic disciplines to foster understanding of their genesis, and assess the prospects for urban unrest today in light of recent responses to inequality and injustice in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, and Charlottesville.
Pre-Requisite(s): 8 Gen Ed Courses across Tier 1 and Tier 2.
SOCI 310 Basic Interviewing Skills (3 Credits)
SOCI 314 Treatment Plans in Substance Abuse (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the use of the New Jersey Client Oriented Data Acquisition Process (C.O.D.A.P.) in the assessment and formulation of a treatment plan for alcohol and drug abuse clients. Topics include goal setting, contracting, and a discussion of specific interventions to address clients' alcohol and drug abuse problems.
SOCI 330 Sociology of Sports (3 Credits)
SOCI 335 Case Management of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clients (3 Credits)
The course will focus on principles and methods of case management to provide substance-abusing clients with needed community services to assist them in recovery. Topics will include case management for clients with special needs such as mental illness, HIV/AIDS, physical disabilities, and homelessness.
SOCI 336 Professional and Ethical Responsibilities in Substance Abuse Treatment (3 Credits)
The course will focus on legal and ethical issues relevant in the treatment of substance abuse. Case studies will be utilized to present important legal and ethical issues in substance abuse treatment. The course will include topics on enhancing professional growth through the use of literature, continuing education, and self-evaluations.
SOCI 340 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (3 Credits)
SOCI 341 Law and Social Values (3 Credits)
SOCI 343 Population Studies (3 Credits)
The three basic population phenomena: birth, death and migration are examined, in addition to contemporary population trends in the United States. Topics include the social and environmental problems stemming from rapid growth in examination of developing nations.
SOCI 344 Social Change (3 Credits)
The various factors affecting social change are discussed, including ethnological developments and social movements. The extent to which social change produces social problems is analyzed and the unintended consequences of change efforts are noted. SOCI 345 Professorial Assistant Selected students receive an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the research process through involvement in current faculty research.
SOCI 345 Professorial Assistant (3 Credits)
Pre-Requisite(s): SOCI 111 Principles of Sociology or permission of the chairperson
SOCI 346 Social Structure and Personality (3 Credits)
This course is a study of the interaction between the organization of society and the development of human personality, including examination of the processes by which human beings create their societies and in turn are molded and constrained by these societies.
SOCI 351 Sociology of Law (3 Credits)
This course introduces law and society as seen in their intimate interaction, the relation of law to social structure, social change and conflict resolution. It examines the socio-psychological aspects of judicial behavior and the legal system (lawyers, courts, police, corrections) in our society It emphasizes the law as a vehicle of social engineering, a means of social communication and an essential tool in the implementation of social values.
SOCI 360 Sociological Research Methods (3 Credits)
Major types of research design and techniques are studied: interviewing, questionnaires, experiment, social survey, and participant observation. Methods of data processing and analysis are also examined. The course emphasizes the critical reading and understanding of research studies. Pre-requisite: SOCI 111 Principles of Sociology.
Pre-Requisite(s): SOCI 111 Principles of Sociology
SOCI 361 Middle East Studies (3 Credits)
SOCI 363 Comparative Cultures (3 Credits)
SOCI 410 Sociological Research (3 Credits)
SOCI 420 Social Research Laboratory (3 Credits)
Students gain direct experience in research techniques by participating in a professionally designed research project. They perform research tasks on a given project, such as sample selection, questionnaire construction, interviewing, coding and data, computer processing, literature search and analysis of results.
Pre-Requisite(s): SOCI 360 Sociological Research Methods
SOCI 421 Development of Sociological Theory (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the radical social ideas of Rousseau, Comte, Marx, Smith, and others which has influenced modern social sciences, in general and sociology in particular. The course also stresses the social scientific methods developed by Durkheim, Pareto, Weber, and others to analyze contemporary and future societies.
SOCI 422 Art of Interviewing (3 Credits)
SOCI 431 Racial and Cultural (3 Credits)
SOCI 440 Independent Study in Sociology (3 Credits)
Pre-Requisite(s): Permission of the chairperson
SOCI 442 Basic Statistics for Sociology (3 Credits)
This is an introduction to the elementary statistical procedures used in social science research. Instruction in using computers to assist in statistical calculations may be included.
SOCI 443 Field Internship Sociology (3 Credits)
Students participate in a field experience with area agencies and organizations, which address socio-economic issues and needs. Student interests are considered in determining appropriate placements which may include informal self-help and community groups, public and private human service agencies, mental health, recreation, courts, correctional, planning, educational and health organizations. The student must work 128 hours per semester.
SOCI 450 Seminar: Domestic Violence (3 Credits)
Seminars are reserved for upper level and special students. Students have the opportunity to explore a topic of interest in-depth for research, oral presentation or externship.
SOCI 522 Black Community Organization (3 Credits)
This course studies the structure and goals of ethnic group organization, informal social structure, leadership gaps in organization, the influences of external social forces on the community, and programs that deal with ethnic group problems. This course may involve field work.