Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Chairperson
Social Science Building, Room 1103
MSC05 3080
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-2501, FAX (505) 277-8805
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Distinguished Professor
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Ph.D., University of Colorado (Boulder)

Phillip B. Gonzales, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Richard L. Wood, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

Associate Professors
Kristin Barker, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Lisa Broidy, Ph.D., Washington State University
Robert A. Fiala, Ph.D., Stanford University
Jessica Goodkind, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Tamara Kay, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Nancy Lopez, Ph.D., City University of New York
Christopher Lyons, Ph.D., University of Washington
Wayne Santoro, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Maria Velez, Ph.D., Ohio State University

Assistant Professors
Kimberly Huyser, Ph.D., University of Texas (Austin)
Aubrey Jackson, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Noah Painter-Davis, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Daniel Ragan, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Brian Soller, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Reuben Thomas, Ph.D., Stanford University
Harold Toro-Tulla, Ph.D., University Of California (Berkeley) 
Owen Whooley, Ph.D., New York University

Professors Emeriti
Dodd H. Bogart, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Beverly H. Burris, Ph.D., New York University
Richard M. Coughlin, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Pedro David, Ph.D., Indiana University
Jane C. Hood, Ph.D., University of Michigan
George A. Huaco, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Roberto Ibarra, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Gary D. LaFree, Ph.D., Indiana University
Philip A. May, Ph.D., University of Montana
Gilbert W. Merkx, Ph.D., Yale University
Arthur St. George, Ph.D., University of California (Davis)
Paul D. Steele, Ph.D., University of Texas
Susan B. Tiano, Ph.D., Brown University
Nelson P. Valdes, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Howard Waitzkin, Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., M.D., Harvard University


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. 

Associated Programs

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program


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. Documenting Globalization and Human Rights. (3)

SOC 230. Society and Personality. (3)

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

SOC 305. Environmental Sociology. (3)

SOC 306. Peace and Conflict. (3)

SOC 307. Nonviolent Alternatives. (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 325 [225]. Couples, Family and Friendship [Marriage, Family and Their Alternatives]. (3)

SOC 326. Sociology of New Mexico. (3)

SOC 328. Sociology of Native Americans. (3)

SOC 331. Social Movements. (3)

SOC 340. Sociology of Medical Practice. (3)

SOC 345. Youth and Society. (3)

SOC 346. Health and Social Inequalities I. (3)

SOC 347. Health and Social Inequalities II. (3)

SOC 351. The Urban Community. (3)

SOC 354. Introduction to Latin American Society I: Social Sciences. (3)

SOC 371. Sociological Theory. (3)

SOC 380. Introduction to Research Methods. (3)

SOC 381L. Sociological Data Analysis. (4)

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. Inequality and Power. (3)

SOC 416. Sociology of Law. (3)

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

SOC 420. Race and Inequality [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 *427. Sociology of Madness. (3)

SOC 428. Sociology of Mexican Americans. (3)

SOC 441. Complex Organizations. (3)

SOC 452. Community Organizing and the Struggle for Justice in America. (3)

SOC 461. Visualizing Global Change. (3)

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

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

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 506. Globalization and Transnational Sociology. (3)

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

SOC 510. Social and Political Movements. (3)

SOC 511. Documenting Globalization, Human Rights and Social Change. (3)

SOC 512. International Political Sociology. (3)

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

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

SOC 515. Criminological Theory. (3)

SOC 518. Special Topics in Criminology. (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 531. Sociology Teaching Seminar. (3)

SOC 532. Religion in a Globalizing World. (3)

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

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

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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