UMN Sociology Undergraduate Newsletter


Long time, no see, Sociology majors and minors,

While the Soc Scene is normally a bi-weekly publication, we here at Sociology Advising felt that another newsletter was necessary to prep you for the upcoming Spring registration. Registration begins November 13th. Below, we have links to registration tools, important information on the Capstone project, featured new Spring Sociology electives and exciting new research and job opportunities we’re dying to share with you.

As always, feel free to reach out to socadvis with any questions about registration or courses. We do ask, though, that you take advantage of the information included here and on our wonderful Soc Undergraduate Resources website before you stop by or email us. This is our “busy time” and we appreciate you working with us to make this registration period successful for all! 🙂

This is also your reminder to VOTE!

The East Early Voting Center is open for the 2018 General Election, located at the UMN Field House Lobby on University Avenue. The Early Voting Center is open:

Friday, November 2 from 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, November 3 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, November 4 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, November 5 from 7:00am – 5:00pm

More information on voting here

Registration tools:

TwoStop – We strongly recommend using this tool. It allows you to see all available SOC courses, professors and instructors, class times, room numbers, and open seats all in one place. It is the most accurate tool and displays changes made within the last 24 hours.
ClassInfo – Provides detailed descriptions of courses and often includes information on the class format, expected workload and grading scales.

Registration begins Tuesday, November 13th. If you haven’t already, login to your MyU, navigate to your Academics tab > Registration to see your personal spring registration date & time. You can find more registration tools under the Academics tab as well.

Important Capstone (formally Major Project) Information:

We will very soon send out information on how to get a permission number for the Spring 2019 Capstone courses to those on the Clearance List.  A few important items:

1)  Permission numbers for Soc 4966W go live on the first day of registration – November 13th at 8 AM.  You must be on the Clearance List to get a permission number.  There are two sections of the course; be sure to know which section you want when you come in to get it. If you need a specific section because it fits with your schedule please come get your permission number in the first couple of days of registration.
2)  All students taking Soc 4966W must register for the course within the first two weeks of Registration (so you must come in to get your permission number AND register for the course by November 27th).  This is done so we can assign the proper number of TA’s and get the right size classroom.  We expect graduating seniors to register in a timely manner.
3)  The Capstone has changed from 4 credits to 3 credits – all Soc majors are eligible for a 1 credit waiver because of this credit change.  Bobby has probably already made the change to your APAS report or will do so soon, please be patient with that.
4)  Remember, the pre-reqs for the Capstone are enforced – you need a C- or higher in Soc 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, and 4 out of the 5 Soc electives to be cleared to take the course (we do a review after grades are posted to make sure students passed any of the above courses that were in-progress when we conducted the review)

For those interested in pursing a Directed Research option (either Soc 4094W, 4 credits or Soc 4994W, 1 credit + an additional Soc elective) have more time as the paperwork needed for this type of registration takes longer to fill out and process.  Please review the Directed Research Guide.

Questions about the Capstone?  In order to help reduce the number of emails we get (hundreds per week) please first read or review the Capstone Guide.  We will also be sending out more detail information about the Capstone to those on the clearance list shorty, so sit tight.

We will be contacting those on the Clearance List early next week with more detailed information about how to get a permission number – there are a few more than 120 students on the list so we’re still working on it.

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.

Teaser for an Exciting New Paid Research Opportunity at the Minnesota Population Center!

Sociology is excited to announce that Prof. Liz Boyle will be looking to hire 15 to 20 undergraduates to help with her research at the Minnesota Population Center in Spring 2019.  This is by far the largest single hiring of undergraduates for research in years!  Students may also receive academic credit!

Stay tuned for details but those interested in health, women’s issues, gender inequality, and violence may wish to consider applying.  Details are being finalized, but we will be posting this in the near future.

More Internship and Career Opportunities!?!

Since our last Soc Scene newsletter earlier this week, we’ve had some new opportunities sent our way. But in order to keep this newsletter short and sweet, you can find the new internship and job opportunities – including Victim Witness Internships – on the Soc Undergraduate Resources Website.