This online Sociology bachelor's degree program provides the analytical skills needed to understand the challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse world. You’ll discover that sociology and anthropology have a distinct perspective on social inequality, patterns of behavior, culture and social change.
Graduates acquire the tools necessary to improve our societies at all levels – from the neighborhood to the world community. Whether you are interested in advancing within your career or changing careers, sociology and anthropology courses will help you develop the practical skills employers want. Practical skills gained through this program include:
The Health and Society concentration allows students to focus their degree in Sociology on contemporary issues in health and illness, health care organizations, public health policies and health inequalities.
The courses offered in this area may be of interest to students seeking careers in the medical and health related fields as they provide students with a broader understanding of health care policy, interactions in the healthcare setting, the experience of illness, the provision of care, health disparities and particular patient populations.
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the scientific study of human relationships. Sociologists seek to understand the ways that often unseen social forces shape our lives. Sociologists have broad interests ranging from families, racial and ethnic identity, organizations, social inequality, sex and gender, sexuality, the welfare system, education reform, human rights, to peace and war. Sociology has a distinct perspective on social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work. A degree in Sociology provides a well-rounded liberal arts education that emphasizes:
Study Sociology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha draws from the research and teaching expertise of 15 full-time faculty. They have interested in health, work and organizations, family, social justice and inequality and anthropology.
Samantha Ammons currently teaches Work and Society, Research Methods, Introduction to Sociology and Sociology of Gender. She is interested in the intersection of work, family, gender and organizations.
Students should have completed the majority of their general education courses prior to beginning this program. Request information or call to speak with an adviser about transfer credit or meeting these prerequisites.
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|Introduction to Anthropology||3|
Course Number: ANTH 1050
Anthropology is the humanistic and scientific study of humans, past and present. This course will present an overview of the four sub disciplines of anthropology: sociocultural, archaeology, biological, and linguistics.
|Introduction to Sociology||3|
Course Number: SOC 1010
An introduction to the study of human societies. The course presents the fundamental concepts and theories that make up the sociological perspective. These serve as tools for the analysis of social inequality, social institutions and social change.
Course Number: SOC 2120
An intellectual history of sociology as an academic discipline surveying outstanding contributions to its body of theory. The social contexts in which a variety of classical and contemporary theoretical traditions have arisen will be considered. Stress is placed on understanding and applying different approaches to sociological analysis through detailed textual interpretation of theoretical writings.or SOC 4710/ Prereq: SOC 1010 and Sociology major or permission of instructor.
Course Number: SOC 2130
Descriptive statistics techniques and the principles of inferential statistical thinking. The emphasis is on the basic statistical techniques employed in analysis of social data. This course does not count as social science credit. Prereq: MATH 1310
|Social Statistics Lab||1|
Course Number: SOC 2134
The focus is on using computer software to produce and interpret statistical information in the study of social life.
Course Number: SOC 3510
A basic introduction to the principles, methods and techniques of empirical social research. Or SOC 2510
|Research Methods Lab||1|
Course Number: SOC 3514
This is a laboratory course to be taken in conjunction with SOC 3510. The focus is on applying methodology and basic analysis learned in SOC 3510 and the development of a sociological research proposal.
Course Number: SOC 4900
This is a research course designed for sociology majors who are in their senior year. Each student will develop an original thesis project in this course. This course meets the UNO general education requirement for a third, upper division writing course. Students will produce an original thesis based upon material of special interest to them over the course of their major field of study. Prereq: SOC 1010, 2120, 2130, 3510, and six (6) additional hours of upper division sociology or anthropology courses. Sociology majors and senior standing.
|Peoples and Cultures of Native North America||3|
Course Number: ANTH 3220
A survey of the native peoples and cultures of North America, past and present. Topics covered include: economics, religion, social organization, kinship, political organization, material culture, gender and culture change through time. Prereq: Sophomore or above with one three-hour introductory social science course, or permission of instructor.
Course Number: ANTH 4210
Art, economics, family, kinship, politics, religion, subsistence, technology, war and world view approached as parts of an integrated whole, a way of life in human society. Illustrations will be drawn from a number of societies, anthropological theories and methods of study. Prereq: Junior or senior with a minimum of six hours of social science or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with ANTH-8216).
Course Number: ANTH 4240
Uses a biocultural approach to examine how cultural, environmental, and biological factors interact to influence health and illness in human societies.
|Seminar in Anthropological Problems||3|
Course Number: ANTH 4920
The seminar will cover a specific topic which will be announced each time the course is offered. The students will work with the instructor on projects designed to increase the student's depth of knowledge in specific areas. Prereq: Permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ANTH-8926)
|Sociology of Gender||3|
Course Number: SOC 3300
This course critically examines the meaning, purpose, and consequences of gender, by using sociological methods and theories to explore the institutions that structure gender relationships and identities, and form the contexts that shape social life in the United States. Particular attention will be given to how social institutions like the state, the economy, family and the mass media shape the definitions of femininity and masculinity, as well as how the gender system intersects with other structures of inequality – race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor.
Course Number: SOC 3450
Social interaction studied in situations of (1) social influences on individuals, (2) dyads or face-to-face groups, and (3) larger social systems. The concepts, theories, data, research methods, and applications of varied substantive topics are examined. Prereq: SOC 1010 or PSYC 1010
Course Number: SOC 3690
Considers the inequalities of social class, power and status and their relationships to race, ethnicity and gender in order to determine who gets what and why. The consequences of social stratification for life chances, consumption and social mobility are examined. Prereq: SOC 1010 and sophomore standing.
Course Number: SOC 3820
The study of the social patterning of health and illness, including inequalities in health by stratifying elements such as race, class, and gender. Examines the social definition of health, illness, and the social position of being a sick person in society. Also examines the interaction individuals have with health care providers and the structure of medicine in the U.S. and around the world. Offers a critical examination on the social institution of medicine. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.
|Society Environment and Resource Conservation||3|
Course Number: SOC 3850
This course focuses on the sociological analysis of the impacts of economic activities on the bio-physical environment and the people within it, at the national and international levels. Topics include the foundations of environmental sociology, social change, national and international institutions, monitoring pollution prevention and control, the uses of applied sociological techniques, etc. Prereq: Six hours of social sciences, three of which must be in sociology or permission.
|Race & Ethnic Relations in the U.S.||3|
Course Number: SOC 3900
The course explores historical and contemporary meanings of race and ethnicity and introduces students to the ways sociologists think about race, race relations and racism. It reviews current theoretical issues, and focuses on the recent histories and current position of several major racial-ethnic populations in the U.S.: African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. Emphasis is on how race has structured groups' experiences in relation to social institutions like health, education, culture and media, legal system, and the economy. Prereq: Six hours of social science.
|Sociology of Deviant Behavior||3|
Course Number: SOC 4130
The course explores historical and contemporary meanings of race and ethnicity and introduces students to the ways sociologists think about race, race relations and racism. It reviews current theoretical issues, and focuses on the recent histories and current position of several major racial-ethnic populations in the U.S.: African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. Emphasis is on how race has structured groups' experiences in relation to social institutions like health, education, culture and media, legal system, and the economy. Prereq: Six hours of social science
|American Family Problems||3|
Course Number: SOC 4150
This course takes up problems and issues of the contemporary American family. Specific topics vary, but might include: family violence; the impact of poverty and racism on families; families and work; gender roles; divorce and its aftermath; remarriage and step-parenthood; family and economy; law and the family; parenting; sexuality, sexual orientation, and reproduction; family policy; drug, alcohol, and mental health problems; and the most basic question of all: what is a family? Family problems and issues are presented in an historical and analytical context which connects the family to basic social institutions and processes. Prereq: SOC 1010 or 2150
|Sociology of the Body||3|
Course Number: SOC 4200
This course offers an overview of contemporary sociological theories of the body and uses these theories to explore substantive issues pertaining to the discourses, practices, and politics of the body in modern societies. Prereq: SOC 1010 and junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor.
|Disability and Society||3|
Course Number: SOC 4200
This course offers an overview of contemporary sociological theories of the body and uses these theories to explore substantive issues pertaining to the discourses, practices, and politics of the body in modern societies. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 and junior standing; or permission of instructor.
|Contemporary Topics in Sociology||3|
Course Number: SOC 4800
This course reviews research and writing in an area which is of current interest in the field of sociology. The specific topic(s) to be covered will be announced at the time the course is being offered. Since the topic will vary, students may elect to take this course more than once.
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