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III. Policies: Sociology

I. Purpose:
The sociology collection supports the Sociology Department and the Institute of Behavioral Science teaching and research.

A. Curricular emphasis
The undergraduate degree in sociology emphasizes knowledge and awareness of:

the basic data, concepts, theories, and modes of explanation appropriate to the understanding of human societies;


the structure of modern American society, its social stratification, its ethnic, racial, religious, and gender differentiation, and its main social institutions - family, polity, economy, and religion;


the basic social processes that maintain and alter social structure, especially the processes of integration, organization, and conflict; and


the diversity of human societies, including the differences between major historical types such as foraging, agricultural, industrial, and post-industrial societies.

B.Research emphasis:
Four strong sub-disciplinary areas of faculty research are:



3.Environmental sociology

4.Qualitative sociology

C.Level of Degrees granted: BA, MA and PhD


D.Special Studies Programs:

Institute of Behavioral Science Programs and Centers:


Research Program on Environment and Behavior (E&B)


Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center (NHRAIC)


Research Program on Health Behavior (HB)


Research Program on Political and Economic Change (PPEC)


Globalization and Democracy Training Program (GAD)


Research Program on Population Processes (Population Program)


Population Aging Center


Research Program on Problem Behavior (PB)


Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)


Social Science Data Analysis Center (SSDAC)

E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials
History/ Law / Philosophy / Psychology / Ethnic and gender studies / Environmental Studies / Economics / Communications / Political Science


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials
Institute of Behavioral Science
Women's Studies Program


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials
Interlibrary loan users / Public patrons, such as teachers, educators, psychologists, parents, school Board Members, journalists, Justice Department and social workers


H. Other Considerations
Environmental sociology is a new research area in the department. Because our library hasn't created an environmental studies fund, books related to this subject may be purchased by sociology fund and science fund, journalism (because of the environmental journalism program) and geography fund.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Books acquired primarily by approval plan from Blackwell North American. Special orders driven by need or request. Microfilms and video-audio materials by special order from vendors. Gift materials are accepted on the

basis of needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Primary English. Occasionally foreign language materials upon faculty members' request.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Emphasis is on current issues. Occasionally retrospective upon faculty members' request.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Primarily American; some other western countries; some eastern European former communist countries.


E. Treatment of Subject:
History of sociological development will be collected on a broad basis. Biographies of sociologists will be collected selectively. Popular works on current issues will be purchased. Lower and upper division textbooks will generally not be collected except for exceptional quality. Society publication, such as journals, will be collected, but newsletters and brochures will be sent to faculties or libraries at Institute of Behavioral Science.


F.Types of Materials:
Sociology collections focus on books and periodicals. Occasionally we will purchase video recordings upon faculty members' request. Directories, guides, handbooks and dictionaries are recommended to buy with Reference Fund. Dissertations generally not purchased.


G. Date of Publication:
Emphasis is on current materials. Other purchasing will be very selective. Out of print titles are ordered only if there is special justification.


H. Other General Considerations:
In general, the sociology collection is housed in the stacks of Norlin Library. Deviant behavior related books are located in the Science Library. Older, less used materials are usually housed in off-site storage. Audio/video materials are housed in the Media Library. Current journals are located in Periodical Room. Society publication, such as newsletters and brochures will be in libraries at Institute of Behavioral Science.

III.Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

H Social Science


HA Statistics


HB Economic theory. Demography


HC Economic history and conditions


HD Industries. Land use. Labor


HM Sociology (General)


HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform


HQ The family. Marriage. Women


HS Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.


HT Communities. Classes. Races.


HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology


HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism.