Beverly H. Burris, Chairperson
Social Science Building, Room 1103
MSC05 3080
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-2501, FAX (505) 277-8805

Beverly H. Burris, Ph.D., New York University
Richard M. Coughlin, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Phillip B. Gonzales, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
George A. Huaco, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Philip A. May, Ph.D., University of Montana
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Ph.D., University of Colorado– Boulder
John M. Roberts, Ph.D., Cornell University
Susan B. Tiano, Ph.D., Brown University
Howard Waitzkin, Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., M.D., Harvard University

Associate Professors
Lisa Broidy, Ph.D., Washington State University
Robert A. Fiala, Ph.D., Stanford University
Jane C. Hood, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Roberto Ibarra, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Nancy Lopez, Ph.D., City University of New York
Andrew Schrank, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Richard L. Wood, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

Assistant Professors
Christopher Lyons, Ph.D., University of Washington
Maria Velez, Ph.D., Ohio State

Assistant Research Professor
Aki Roberts, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico

Lecturer III
Wayne Santoro, Ph.D., Ohio State

Professors Emeriti
Dodd H. Bogart, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Pedro David, Ph.D., Indiana University
Gary D. LaFree, Ph.D., Indiana University
Gilbert W. Merkx, Ph.D., Yale University
Arthur St. George, Ph.D., University of California (Davis)
Paul D. Steele, Ph.D., University of Texas
Nelson P. Valdes, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico

Keiko Nakao, Ph.D., University of California (Irvine)


The student interested in sociology and related specializations should take both 101 and 280. These courses are recommended for all beginning students and are required for a major or minor in sociology and a major in criminology. Most higher level courses specify one or both of these introductory courses as prerequisites.

Normally, students should follow the introductory courses with at least one or two 200-level courses before attempting more advanced courses. In some areas there is a progression from less to more advanced courses and following such progressions is strongly recommended even when the lower level course is not explicitly listed as a prerequisite for the higher level course.

Note that courses applied toward a major degree may not be used for any of the minor degree programs. In cases of overlapping required or elective courses, students must take additional courses as approved by the sociology undergraduate advisor.


SOC 101. Introduction to Sociology. (3)

SOC 200. Foundations of Social Welfare. (3)

SOC 205. Crime, Public Policy and the Criminal Justice System. (3)

SOC 211. Social Problems. (3)

SOC 213. Deviance. (3)

SOC 216. The Dynamics of Prejudice. (3)

SOC 221. Global Issues. (3)

SOC 225. Marriage, Family and Their Alternatives. (3)

SOC 230. Society and Personality. (3)

SOC 280. Introduction to Research Methods. (3)

SOC 300. Social Welfare: Policies and Programs. (3)

SOC 303. Sociology of Political Behavior. (3)

SOC 305. Environmental Sociology. (3)

SOC 306. Peace and Conflict. (3)

SOC 308. Sociology of Gender. (3)

SOC 310. Sociology of Aging and the Aged. (3)

SOC 312. Causes of Crime and Delinquency. (3)

SOC 313. Social Control. (3)

SOC 326. Sociology of New Mexico. (3)

SOC 331. Collective Behavior. (3)

SOC 334. Sustainability Practicum to Benefit the Campus or Community. (3)

SOC 335. Sociology of Mass Communication. (3)

SOC 340. Sociology of Medical Practice. (3)

SOC 342. Social Epidemiology. (3)

SOC 345. Youth and Society. (3)

SOC 350. Rural Society in Latin America. (3)

SOC 351. The Urban Community. (3)

SOC 371. Classical Sociological Theory. (3)

SOC 381. Sociological Data Analysis. (3)

SOC 390. Latin American Thought II. (3)

SOC 398. Special Topics in Sociology. (3, no limit Δ)

SOC 399. Advanced Undergraduate Workshop in Sociology. (3)

SOC 400. The Welfare State. (3)

SOC 412. Sociology of Police and Social Control. (3)

SOC *414. Sociology of Corrections. (3)

SOC *415. Social Stratification. (3)

SOC 416. Sociology of Law. (3)

SOC *418. Selected Topics in Criminology. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SOC 420. Race and Cultural Relations. (3)

SOC 421. Sociology of Education. (3)

SOC 422. Sociology of Religion. (3)

SOC 423. Gender and Crime. (3)

SOC 424. Race, Class and Crime. (3)

SOC 425. From Youthful Misbehavior to Adult Crime. (3)

SOC 426. Drugs, Crime and Social Control. (3)

SOC 428. Sociology of Mexican Americans. (3)

SOC *441. Complex Organizations. (3)

SOC *445. Sociology of Work. (3)

SOC *450. Urban Society in Latin America. (3)

SOC *461. Social Dynamics of Global Change. (3)

SOC 471. Contemporary Sociological Theory. (3)

SOC *478. Seminar in International Studies. (3)

SOC 481L. Research Methods in Sociology. (4)

SOC *484. The Cuban Revolution, 1959 to Present. (3)

SOC 488. Field Observation and Experience. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SOC 490. Directed Study. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SOC 491. Directed Study in Criminology. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SOC 499. Senior Honors Thesis. (3)

SOC 500. Classical Sociological Theory. (3)

SOC 505. Complex Organizations. (3)

SOC 506. Seminar: Comparing Nations. (3)

SOC 507. Topics in Sociological Theory. (3, no limit Δ)

SOC 508. Latin American Development and Planning. (3)

SOC 509. Gender and International Development. (3)

SOC 510. Social and Political Movements. (3)

SOC 513. Constructing and Analyzing Contemporary Sociological Theory. (3)

SOC 514. 20th Century European Theory. (3)

SOC 520. Racial and Ethnic Relations. (3)

SOC 521. Sociology of Education. (3)

SOC 523. Proseminar. (1)

SOC 528. Sociology of Mexican Americans. (3)

SOC 530. Sociology of Work. (3)

SOC 531. Sociology Teaching Practicum. (2)

SOC 532. Sociology of Religion. (3)

SOC 540. Medical Sociology and Health Policy. (3)

SOC 551-552. Problems. (2-3, 2-3, no limit Δ)

SOC 570. Sociological Research: Special Topics. (3, no limit Δ)

SOC 580. Methods of Social Research I. (3)

SOC 581. Advanced Social Statistics I. (3)

SOC 582. Advanced Social Statistics II. (3)

SOC 583. Special Topics in Advanced Social Statistics. (3, no limit Δ)

SOC 584. Interdisciplinary Seminar on Problems of Modernization in Latin America. (3)

SOC 585. Sociological Fieldwork Methods: Ethnography, Interviews, Focus Groups. (3)

SOC 595. Special Topics in Sociology. (3, no limit Δ)

SOC 596. Professional Paper. (1-6, no limit Δ)

SOC 599. Master’s Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

SOC 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)

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