Undergraduate Resources – Dept. of Sociology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology’s undergraduate resources! Here, you can find a list of scholarship, research, and volunteer opportunities offered within and outside of the department. Be sure to check back for a regularly updated collection of engagement opportunities tailored specifically to sociology undergraduates.

New Sociology Electives for the Spring!

Soc 3446 – Comparing Healthcare Systems

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Professor David Knoke
Examination of national health systems from an international comparative perspective, emphasizing social, organizational, political, economic, cultural, and ethical dimensions of healthcare policies and programs to deliver services and their impacts on the health of population groups.
More info on ClassInfo here.

Soc 3507 – Immigration to the United States: Beyond Walls

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Professor Jack DeWaard
Immigration is one of the most politically and emotionally charged issues in the United States today. It is also poorly understood. Assumptions, myths, and misinformation about US immigration and immigrants are routinely and increasingly manifested in acrimonious political debates, news stories and sound bites, and our daily conversations and interactions with one another in the very communities in which we live and work. At the same time, US immigration and immigrants have been, are, and will continue to be an essential and vibrant part of our lived and shared experiences as individuals and communities, Minnesotans and Americans, and global citizens.
More info here.

Soc 4108 – Current Issues in Crime Control:
Race, Crime, Policing, and Punishment:
Exploring Black America’s Agency & Resistance

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 11:15am to 12:30pm
Professor Michelle Phelps
With the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and increasingly loud critiques of mass incarceration from both liberals and conservatives, the U.S. criminal system is once again “on trial” in popular opinion and the mass media. Is our current system of policing and punishment “racist” and the product of whites’ racial resentment in the post civil rights era? This special topics seminar examines social scientific understandings of the relationships between race, crime, policing, and punishment in the U.S. during the 21st century.
More info here.

Soc 4190- Topics in LCD:
Sociology of Violence: Bedrooms, Backyards, & Bars

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Professor Michael Walker
This course looks at violent behavior across a wide variety of social arenas – bedrooms, backyards, and bars, being some common places where violence occurs. Students will wrestle with definitions of violence and the circumstances in which behavior is or isn’t categorized as violent. A major theme will be how violence operates as a property of institutional arrangements, organizational practices, and interpersonal situations. Subtopics intersecting violence include: cohorts (race, class, & gender), sport, sex, emotion, the State, and the environment.
More info here.

Events to Keep Your Eye On

Do you need some Stress Relief? I know I do!
Check out the Stress Relief Festival!

Friday, November 16th, 5:00pm (Festival) & 7:00pm (Program)

On Nov. 16, the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing will be hosting The Wellbeing Experience at Northrop. This is a great opportunity for students to spend an evening learning about self-care and global/community wellbeing. Many details are below, and I’ve attached a flier, too. The Wellbeing Experience festival is free, and a ticket isn’t required to attend any of the activities there.


The program, featuring rapper/author Dessa and international wellbeing expert Mary Jo Kreitzer, has a low student ticket cost of only $10.

Learn more at z.umn.edu/WellbeingExperience


What the heck is UMSA?

UMSA, or the University of Minnesota Sociological Association, is the official undergraduate student group for the University of Minnesota Sociology Department.

If you’re a fan of free food, cool events, and all things Sociology, like UMSA on Facebook and check out their website.