Department of Sociology

Undergraduate Academic Center Room 449
Telephone: 512-245-2113 Fax: 512-245-8362
www.soci.txstate.edu

Sociology is the scientific study of individuals and groups within society. Through research and critical examination, sociologists study human interaction and social institutions to answer society's most complex questions. The Department of Sociology is home to student-centered faculty who bring diverse research interests into the classroom. Students have the opportunity to take courses from content areas of race and social class, gender and sexuality, criminology and social deviance, aging and dementia, popular culture, social movements, sustainability, and the environment. Sociology remains essential to a liberal arts education by preparing students to think critically about the world around them while applying practical skills in research methods and data analysis.

Sociology majors may choose the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology or the Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology. The B.A. degree prepares students for professional or graduate study in the liberal arts tradition; whereas the B.S. provides practical research skills for students who wish to attend graduate school or to enter the work force upon graduation. Both degrees require 39 hours of Sociology coursework; however, the B.S. in Applied Sociology affords students the opportunity to complete an internship prior to graduation. Throughout the internship, students learn how to connect their classroom education to employment or graduate school opportunities.

Both degree programs include a data analysis course where students will use statistical software packages to learn how to collect, analyze, interpret, and present data on a variety of social phenomena. Qualitative and quantitative research courses teach students practical methods for conducting research while enhancing critical thinking and writing skills. Graduates are prepared for a variety of employment opportunities, including law, management, education, non-profit and community work, data analysis, politics and public administration, social services, and human resource management in business, government and industrial settings.

The Department of Sociology provides academic advising and encourages all students - declared and prospective - to take advantage of these services. Suggested degree plans, while helpful in planning an academic schedule, should not be used in lieu of academic advising.

Courses in Sociology (SOCI)


SOCI 1310. Introduction to Sociology.

A survey of the basic concepts in sociology including social organization, culture, socialization, groups, and human population leading to the development of a sociological perspective of human behavior. SOCI 1310 and SOCI 3300 may not both be counted for credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Soc & Behav Sciences Core 080
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TCCN: SOCI 1301

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SOCI 2320. Social Problems.

This course examines community problems, significant social issues, and disorganization in major social institutions in contemporary American society.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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TCCN: SOCI 1306

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SOCI 3300. Principles of Sociology.

Survey of the discipline of sociology, including socialization, social institutions, collective behavior, urban and community studies, demography, race relations, culture, and personality. Emphasis on basic concepts and the behavioral science approach to the study of human groups. SOCI 1310 and SOCI 3300 may not both be counted for credit. (WI).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
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SOCI 3307. Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.

The application of descriptive and inferential statistics of behavioral science data.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3317. Popular Culture and Society.

The content of popular culture, including movies, television, genre novels, popular music, fads and fashion, sports, contemporary folklore, festivals and celebrations, clothing and body decoration, and related cultural material, is examined and analyzed for social significance.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3318. Applied Data Analysis.

This course introduces the student to some of the uses of various existing statistical software packages including proper application, limitations, and interpretations of results. Prerequisites: Three hours of statistics or departmental approval.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3319. Social Psychology.

The basic course in social psychology; the nature of the individual in society; the process of socialization; the human personality; personality and social adjustment; and social interaction.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3320. Population Dynamics.

A study of the composition of the world’s population, focusing on growth, problems, politics, and controls. (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Multicultural Content
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SOCI 3322. Sociology of Latinos and Immigration.

This class will examine the impact that immigration and migration have on the growth of the Latino population as well as current debates surrounding immigration and its future in the U.S.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3324. Social Stratification.

The study of inequality as it relates to occupational, educational, religious, political, and other social activities.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3325. Social Deviance.

Theoretical and descriptive analysis of the major types of deviant behavior.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3327. Multicultural Relations.

The nature and the problems inherent in racial and other minority groups, with special reference to the American scene.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3328. Complex Organizations.

The study and analysis of complex organizations, bureaucracies, and professions and their influence on individuals and society and its institutions.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3329. Life Course Sociology.

This course examines major sociological approaches to the study of the human life course. Theoretical approaches reviewed include age stratification, the life course perspective, and constructivist and critical approaches to the life course.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3330. Globalization and Development.

This course covers the sociology of globalization and development. Students will learn about theories of globalization; the effects of globalization on cultural, economic and political life; and factors at different levels of analysis affecting socioeconomic development, security, human rights, and democracy around the world.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3333. The Sociology of Popular Music.

This course explores the dynamic and interactive relationships between music, culture, and society. Popular American music - from blues, gospel, ragtime, jazz, country, and swing to rock, disco, punk, alternative, and rap - will be analyzed as reflections of culture, as society’s “voice,” and as a powerful instrument of socialization and social change.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3337. The Family.

A comparative study of the family in various cultures, both historical and contemporary, with attention to the family in terms of social organization, social change, and social disorganization.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3338. Family Problems.

This course applies sociological knowledge to common problems encountered in families: spouse and child abuse, elder abuse, catastrophic illness, suicide, unemployment, poverty, teen pregnancy, aging and gender issues. Worldwide traditions and norms affecting the institution of the family are also reviewed. (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Multicultural Content
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SOCI 3340. Sociology of Sport and Leisure.

The theories and research in leisure and popular culture will serve as the broad framework. An emphasis will be placed on the sub-area of sport sociology, including such topics as sport and aggression, competition, children, women, minorities, professionalism, and others.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3343. Criminology.

The various theories of crime, the cause of crime, areas of crime, treatment of criminals through the courts, punishment, reform, education, probation, and parole, and means of crime prevention.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3344. The Sociology of Law.

This course introduces students to the function of law in human societies. Theories relevant to the study of law as a mechanism of social control and social change will be discussed. Law as a social institution, the training of lawyer, and their socialization into the role of lawyer will examined.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3347. Juvenile Delinquency.

Delinquency in modern society, basic factors and conditions of juvenile delinquency, and the problem of delinquency control.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3348. Social Control.

An examination of the creation and maintenance of order in society, including socialization and institutions which respond to disorder. Included areas are education, religion, law, welfare, and medicine. Focus on law as both a mechanism of control and the basis for control in other institutions in industrial society.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3349. Drugs and Society.

A sociological examination of the social context of drug abuse with emphasis on the social factors, processes, and institutions that impact drug abuse. Applications of sociological theories and research methods will be studied.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3350. Men, Women, and Societies.

This course examines the relations between male and female roles throughout the world, including the United States, Europe, and third world countries. Special attention is given to changes in these roles and the consequences of such changes for societies, including familial, marital, and sexual relationships. (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Multicultural Content
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SOCI 3353. Urban Society.

A study of urbanization as a social phenomenon with attention to traditional sociological studies of the community.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3358. Work and Society.

This course will explore sociological studies of work and occupations, including the structure of work, economic changes, and concerns of workers such as earnings, promotions, and unemployment. It is divided into three main topics: the social organization of work, current work trends, and inequalities at work.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3363. Medical Sociology: The Sociology of Health and Illness Behavior.

An examination of the social determinants and consequences of human health, morbidity, and mortality, including considerations of health institutions, organizations, professionals, and clients. Social epidemiology of human diseases and mortality and changing relationships of acute and chronic diseases are stressed. (WI).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
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SOCI 3365. Society and Environment.

This course addresses issues emerging from the reciprocal relationship between society and its environment. The impacts of social and economic organization, social class, and government policies on the physical and social milieu will be examined in order to produce a better understanding of social and environmental interactions.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3367. Sustainable Cities.

This course uses sociological insight to develop a broader understanding of key concepts and debates about the sustainability of cities.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3372. Food and Society.

This course surveys the sociological study of food. Students will examine how people in societies socially construct "food"; how people obtain food and the implications of this process for our health, economy, and environment; and how food relates to issues of race-ethnicity, social class, and gender.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3375J. Sociology of Consumption.

Consumption is an integral part of social life in the United States, shaping how we see ourselves and others. While consumption can enhance consumers' lives, it is linked to a host of social and environmental problems. This course critically examines such problems and explores alternatives to the way of life that is consumerism.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3375K. Social Movements.

This course examines social movements, repeated display of collective action outside sanctioned political channels to bring about social change. Different theoretical approaches to social movements will be reviewed to determine how movements organize, attract members, utilize resources, ideologically frame their issues, and engage in nonconventional tactics to influence public policy.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3375L. Mind and Society.

This course provides an overview of mental health and illness with an emphasis on how social environments and structures influence mental well-being. We will explore the causes and consequences of mental health disorders. We will also examine policies and programs aimed at improving mental health in society.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3375M. Latinos and Aging.

This course offers an understanding of the growing Latino aging population in American society, highlighting issues related to their social, familial, economic, physical, and mental well-being. This course will also cover social programs, health and human service needs, and social policies affecting Latino elders.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3383. Aging and Society.

This course is an introduction to the sociology of aging and social gerontology. It employs a multicultural perspective to examine diversity in the aging process as influenced by societal forces.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3384. The Sociology of Death and Dying.

A study of the sociological and social psychological perspectives on death and dying in contemporary societies with particular emphasis on the meanings of death, on dying as a social process, and on death in the context of both social organization and the life cycle.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3390. Technology and Society.

The subject of this course is the relationship between technologies and social institutions. Topics covered may include but are not limited to theories of sociotechnical change, diffusion, social constructivism, modernity and rationalism, and case studies of transformative technologies such as the clock, the car, and the birth control pill.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 3395. Sociology of Sexuality.

Sexuality is explored from a social constructionist perspective, in contrast to essentialist and biological determinist perspectives dominating the Western understanding of sexual roles and behavior. Sexual identity, desire, behavior, response, and health are viewed as socially constructed, largely in response to concerns about societal order.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 4306. Sociological Theory.

This course will examine classical sociological theories and the contemporary theories that follow from them. The major approaches covered are functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interaction, and phenomenology. Prerequisites: twelve hours of Sociology or departmental approval. (WI).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
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SOCI 4308. Quantitative Research Methods.

Basic issues in social research are introduced, while emphasizing design and analysis of quantitative research studies. Research exercises culminate in a major research paper analyzing secondary data from The General Social Survey. Critique of published research articles is also required. Prerequisites: SOCI 3307 and SOCI 3318. (WI).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
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SOCI 4309. Qualitative Research Methods.

This course examines issues in the sociological research process with an emphasis on qualitative methods. Students will design, propose, and submit a qualitative study based on an extensive review of the sociological literature. Prerequisites: twelve hours of Sociology, or departmental permission. (WI).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
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SOCI 4360. Directed Study.

(By arrangement) A course of independent study open to superior students by permission of the professor and approval of the Chair of the department. May be repeated with different emphasis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 4690. Internship in Applied Sociology.

This course is a supervised work experience related to students’ career interests. Requirements include seminars and a 300-hour internship for 15 weeks during long semesters or 10 weeks in the summer. This course is limited to BS majors who meet all prerequisites and can be taken for credit only once.
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6 Credit Hours. 6 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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Anderson, Audwin L, Associate Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Bouzard, Gayle G, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.Ed., Texas State University

Chee, Kyong H, Associate Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Clement, Matthew T, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., University of Oregon

Day, Susan B, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Univ of Kansas Main Campus

Dees, Lillian E, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.A.I.S., Texas State University

Dietrich, David R, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Duke University

Giuffre, Patti, Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Harris, Deborah A, Associate Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Mississippi State University

Hickman, Lois M, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.A.I.S., Texas State University

Johnson, Christopher Jay, Clinical Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Kim, Seoyoun, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Purdue University Main Campus

Kotarba, Joseph A, Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Univ of California-San Diego

Lamb Weber, Lisa Ann, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.S., Univ of Texas at San Antonio

Majumdar, Debarun, Associate Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Martinez, Gloria P, Associate Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Mosel-Talavera, Kelly M, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.A., Texas State University

Newling, Kay M, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.A., Texas State University

Pan, Xi, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Miami University

Pierson, Colin R, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.S., Texas State University

Pino, Nathan W, Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Price, Robert, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Romero, Rachel, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Smith, Chad Leighton, Chair - Associate Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., Washington State University

Villarreal, Tina, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.S., Texas State University

Watt, Toni Terling, Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Whitehawk, Michael C, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, M.A., Texas State University

Wivagg, Jonathan Robert, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Ph.D., Baylor University