Service Physical Education

For information pertaining to special fee activities, contact Physical Education Office, Room 203, Memorial Gym, (804) 924-3167.

A student in the College of Arts and Sciences may present a maximum of two credits of service physical education to satisfy requirements for a degree, provided that:

  1. Such credits for service physical education are counted against the degree credits students may earn for courses taken outside the College.
  2. Only courses numbered 320 or higher in the Department of Health and Physical Education, School of Education, are accepted for College credit. Such credits are counted against degree credits students may earn for courses taken outside the College.
  3. Neither participation in varsity athletics nor the completion of any other course in physical education is accepted as the equivalent of a course in service physical education.
  4. No grade other than credit or no credit is recorded for courses in physical education taken for degree credit.
  5. No more than one credit in service physical education may be earned in a single semester.
  6. Service physical education is under the supervision of the Dean of the College.


PHYE 100, 101 - Karate (S)
Emphasis on learning basic stances, blocks and attacks, in addition to hand and foot techniques and practice in first forms.

PHYE 102 - Racquetball (S)
Emphasis on the fundamentals of skills and shots: rules and game strategy are stressed.

PHYE 104 - Tennis (S)
Beginning, intermediate and advanced courses include fundamental strokes such as service, forehand and ground strokes drives and volleys; court positions and strategy for singles and doubles; rules, terminology and etiquette. Classes will be divided into three groups - beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

PHYE 105 - Soccer (Y)
Basic skills are presented, including dribbling, shooting, passing, heading, trapping and tackling.

PHYE 106 - Volleyball (Y)
Classes for beginning and intermediate, and advanced skilled persons. Fundamental skills and rules of volleyball as well as basic team play and strategy.

PHYE 107 - Golf (S)
Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes emphasizing the fundamentals of grip, stance, and swing in addition to etiquette and rules. Special fee activity for advanced class.

PHYE 109 - Basketball (Y)
Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes emphasizes the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding: rules and game strategy are covered.

PHYE 110, 115, 116, 117 - Swimming (S)
Beginning: designed for non-swimmers, emphasizing basic safety skills and basic strokes. Intermediate: stresses the improvement of strokes, kicking and breathing. In addition, lifesaving techniques and deep water skills are taught. Lifeguarding: designed for the student interested in obtaining the Red Cross Certificate. Swimming Fitness: lap swimming with some instruction.

PHYE 118, 119 - Scuba (S)
Certification upon completion of course. Special activity fee.

PHYE 131 - Horseback Riding (S)
Classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced riders. Special activity fee.

PHYE 139 - Weight Training (S)
Basic techniques and knowledge of weight training. Physiological responses to weight lifting and program set up will be covered in lectures.

PHYE 143 - Jazz Dance (S)
Introduction to basic skills and development of techniques.

PHYE 144 - Ballet (S)
Introduction to basic skills and development of techniques.

PHYE 145 - Aerobic Exercise (S)
Emphasis on increasing endurance, muscle tone and flexibility through various exercise forms. Class includes a warm up, vigorous movement to strengthen heart, the lower and the upper body, and a cool down.

PHYE 153 - Skiing (Y)
Fundamentals of skiing including basic skills and techniques, safety, equipment care and purchase, and aspects of competitive skiing; class held at Wintergreen. Special fee activity. Although skiing requires class time equivalent to a full semester's instruction, these classes are compressed into a five-week period.

PHYE 155 - First Aid (S)
Certified American Red Cross First Aid class which includes CPR.

PHYE 158 - Self Defense (Y)
Teaches basic unarmed self defense.

Activities in softball, aqua-aerobics, and badminton will also be offered. Courses are co-educational unless listed otherwise. For additional information contact the departmental office, Memorial Gym, Charlottesville, VA 22903, (804) 924-3167.

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Overview Given the current political climate in Russia and Eastern Europe, there is reason to believe that the United States will play an increasing role in trade and cultural exchange with these countries. As a result, there will be a need, in both the private and public sectors, for people familiar with East European languages and cultures. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures works to meet this need by offering a broad spectrum of courses in three areas of study: language, literature, and folklore.

Students will find a comprehensive curriculum in language. The program in Russian language offers introductory courses in the fundamentals and more advanced courses in reading, composition, and stylistics. In addition to these courses, which develop oral/aural and written proficiency in the language, students may pursue other interests relating to language (linguistics, for example). Instruction is also available in other Slavic languages including Polish, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, and Ukrainian.

Russian literature is also a major emphasis of the department. Course offerings cover the entire range of Russian Literature, from the works of medieval Russia to those of the present. The courses vary from broad surveys read in English translation to seminars on individual writers (e.g., Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Nabokov). Emphasis is placed on the forces that have shaped Russian literature, including social concerns as well as the Russian sense of history and national destiny.

Finally, the department offers courses in folklore that deal with Slavic myth, ritual, epic, tale, song, and folklore theory. Theory courses, while often relying on Slavic examples, address issues with relevance beyond the Slavic field, such as the nature of oral literature and the significance of ritual in understanding human behavior.

Faculty The eight faculty members of the department are involved on a daily basis in the education of their students. Since the department is small, access to faculty is easy. Faculty interests range from literary theory, to linguistics, to modern cultural criticism and folklore.

Students There are currently 45 students majoring in Slavic languages and literatures. Majors choose between two tracks; Russian Language and Literature, and Russian Studies. The latter is interdisciplinary, requiring courses outside the department (e.g., in government, history). Both require Russian language through the third year. Most courses in the department are small, from fifteen to twenty-five students, and are taught by a faculty member. With permission, undergraduates with superior skills may enroll in graduate courses in their fourth year of study. Most courses are taught as discussions or lecture/discussions in order to assure student input. Thus, students learn to think critically, and develop well-rounded analytic abilities.

Special Resources The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) provides a focal point for students interested in this field. Lectures and colloquia as well as social events are sponsored. In addition, there is a film library and a computer lab containing other audio-visual resources.

UVA in Kazan The department offers a semester study program at Kazan State University to provide students with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of Russian language and culture. Students may take courses in Kazan during the fall or spring semester: offerings include Russian language, literature, and culture. Courses of study are tailored to meet the needs of individual students and are determined in advance in consultation with instructors in the Slavic Department at UVA. In addition to the academic component of the program, an integral part of the program is direct experience of the culture.

Russian House Students may live in Russian House, a residential facility near UVA. Residents are expected and encouraged to speak Russian as much as possible in this setting. Russian House features social and academic events such as lectures, a film series, meals, and informal gatherings. A UVA instructor who is a native speaker of Russian is in residence at the house as well.

Requirements for Major The department offers two major programs:

  1. Russian Language and Literature: twenty-four credits beyond Russian 202, including Russian 301, 302, RUTR 335, 336 and twelve credits planned in consultation with the advisor.
  2. Russian Studies: thirty credits beyond RUSS 202, including RUSS 301 and 302; RUTR 246; RUTR 335 or 336; HIEU 215 or 216; GFCG 321 or 322; one course in Slavic Folklore (normally SLFK 211, 212, 213, or 214); and three additional courses planned in consultation with the advisor. No more than 18 of the 30 credits (i.e., 6 of the 10 courses) may be in one department.
Students in the major must maintain a satisfactory grade point in major-related courses each semester. Satisfactory is defined as an average of C (i.e., 2.0), with no grade below C-. Students not maintaining this grade point are subject to discontinuation from the major.

Distinguished Majors Program in Russian Language and Literature. Students with superior academic performance (GPA 3.5 or above in the major) are encouraged to apply to the department for the Distinguished Majors Program. This program offers the exceptional student the opportunity for more rigorous and more specialized work, including independent study, participation in upper-level courses, and the preparation of a senior thesis. To permit greater specialization, the program offers two options, Russian Language and Literature, or Russian Studies.

Students are normally admitted to the Distinguished Majors Program at the end of their third year of study. See undergraduate advisor for requirements.

The language requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences may be satisfied in Russian by completing successfully RUSS 202, or by presenting evidence of equivalent preparation. Any incoming student or student returning from study abroad, or study at another institution, who wishes to continue Russian must take a placement test.

Additional Information For more information, contact:

Mr. Mark J. Elson
Director of Undergraduate Studies
109 Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(804) 924-3548
Slavic World Wide Web site
Slavic faculty


Enrollment in 500 level courses is normally restricted to graduate students in degree programs. Undergraduates wishing to enroll in such courses must have permission of the instructor. Graduate students should consult the Graduate Record for further information.

The Slavic Department generally does not permit auditing in language courses, and discourages the CR/NC option in them. Enrollment in all language courses (including RUSS 304 and 305) is subject to confirmation by placement exam at the discretion of the instructor, normally during the first week of the semester.


RUSS 101, 102 - (4) (S)
First-Year Russian
Introduction to Russian grammar with emphasis on reading and speaking. Class meets five days per week plus work in the language laboratory. To be followed by RUSS 201, 202. A grade of C- or better in RUSS 101 is a prerequisite for 102.

SLAV 170, 171 - (1-2-3) (IR)
Liberal Arts Seminar
Seminar on selected topics in the field of Slavic studies designed primarily for first and second year students. Recent topics have been the Arts in Revolution, War and Peace, Poetry Writing: American and Russian Perspectives.

RUSS 201, 202 - (3) (S)
Second-Year Russian
Prerequisite: RUSS 102 (with grade of C- or better), or equivalent
Continuing with Russian grammar. Grade of C- or better in RUSS 201 is prerequisite for 202. Practice in speaking and writing Russian; introduction to Russian prose and poetry. Class meets four days per week, plus work in the language laboratory. Students in RUSS 201 or 202 are required to take RUSS 204 concurrently.

SLFK 211 - (3) (O)
Tale and Legend
Prerequisite: None. Open to students with no knowledge of Russian.
Study of the folktale traditions of the Eastern Slavs, primarily the Russians and the Ukrainians. Covers various theories of folk prose narrative and discusses the relationship between folktales and society and folktales and child development. Topics include related prose narrative forms, such as legend, and related forms of child socialization, such as folk children's games.

SLFK 212 - (3) (E)
Ritual and Family Life
Prerequisite: None. Open to students with no knowledge of Russian.
The rituals of birth, marriage, and death as practiced in 19th century peasant Russia and in Russia today and the oral literature associated with these rituals. Family patterns, child socialization and child rearing practices, gender issues, and problems of the elderly in their 19th century and current manifestations.

SLFK 213 - (3) (O)
Story and Healing
Prerequisite: None. Open to students with no knowledge of Russian.
The function of narrative in helping peoples cope with war, historical calamity, social and natural disaster. Focus is on Russian heroic epic (byliny) and Ukrainian epic (dumy). Special attention is paid to modern material, performers, and similarities between performers and shamans.

SLFK 214 - (3) (E)
Ritual and Demonology
Prerequisite: None. Open to students with no knowledge of Russian
Russian and Ukrainian folk belief as it manifests itself in daily life. Examines how Russian and Ukrainian peasants lived in the 19th century and how this affects both living patterns and attitudes today. Special focus is on lower mythology and beliefs in mermaids, witches, and spirits. Attention is paid to the calendar and its rituals and how these reflect folk and contemporary belief.

SLAV 236 - (3) (IR)
No knowledge of any Slavic language required
Survey of Slavic life and thought from the earliest times, with stress on the role played by the languages, religious beliefs, folklore, and social organization of the different Slavic peoples. Emphasis in recent years has been on Slavic primitive religion and belief in vampires. May be repeated for credit under different topic.

RUTR 246 - (3) (Y)
Civilization and Culture of Russia
Open to students without knowledge of Russian
Survey of Russian civilization from the earliest times, with emphasis on literature, thought, and the arts.

RUTR 247 - (3) (Y)
Modern Russian Culture
Will explore patterns in Russian literature, music, and art from 1900 to the present. Among topics to be covered: decline of the Old Regime, impact of revolution on the arts of Russia, modernism of the 1920's in literature, music, art and film, the arts today.

RUTR 256 - (3) (IR)
Russian Masterpieces
No knowledge of Russian required
Selected great works of nineteenth and twentieth century prose fiction.

RUTR 266 - (3) (IR)
Russian Writers in Soviet Society
No knowledge of Russian required
Focuses on the relationship between Russian writers and Soviet ideology since World War II, and particularly since the death of Stalin.

RUTR 273 - (3) (Y)
Dostoevsky and the Modern Novel
No knowledge of Russian required
A study of the major works of Dostoevsky.

RUTR 274 - (3) (IR)
Tolstoy in Translation
No knowledge of Russian required
Study of the major works of Tolstoy.

RUSS 301, 302 - (3) (Y)
Third Year Russian
Prerequisite: RUSS 202,203 or equivalent with a grade of C or above
Continuing with Russian grammar. Intensive oral practice through reports, dialogues, guided discussions. Composition of written reports and essays. Readings in literary and non-literary texts. Class meets three hours per week, plus work in the language laboratory.

RUSS 303 - (1) (S)
Intermediate Conversation
Prerequisite: RUSS 202, 203 or equivalent
Two hours of conversation practice per week. May be repeated for credit.

RUSS 304 - (1) (SI)
Russian Phonetics
Prerequisite: RUSS 102
An examination of the sound system of the Russian language with special attention to palatalization, vowel reduction, sounds in combination, and the relationship of sound to spelling.

RUSS 305 - (1) (SI)
Russian Word Formation
Prerequisite: RUSS 102
An examination of the lexicon and word formative processes of the Russian literary language.

RUSS 306 - (3) (IR)
Russian for Business
Prerequisite: RUSS 301
Acquisition of Russian for oral and written communication in business situations supplemented by the study of contract negotiation in the Russian cultural context.

RUTR 335 - (3) (Y)
Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
No knowledge of Russian required
The major works of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Goncharov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and others. Emphasis is on prose fiction. This course is a prerequisite for 500 level literature courses.

RUTR 336 - (3) (Y)
Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
No knowledge of Russian required
The major works of Chekhov, Bunin, Bely, Blok, Zamyatin, Sholokhov, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn, and others. This course is a prerequisite for 500 level literature courses.

RUTR 337, 338 - (3) (IR)
Fictional Worlds
All readings in English
Recent topics have included a comparative study of Jane Austen and Alexander Pushkin.

RUTR 358 - (3) (IR)
Russian Prose From 1881-1917
Prerequisite: None
Study of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth century Russian prose. Concentrates on evolution of Russian realism and rise of Symbolist and Ornamentalist fiction.

RUTR 368 - (3) (IR)
The Russian Novel in European Perspective
Open to students from other departments with no knowledge of Russian
Evolution of the Russian novel, its thematic and structural features, from the early nineteenth century to the present.

RUTR 391, 392 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Russian Literature
Study, in English translation, of selected authors, works, or themes in Russian literature. Topics in recent years were Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov. Students offering this course for major credit will be required to do assigned readings in Russian. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

RUTR 393 - (3) (IR)
Case Studies in Russian Literature
No knowledge of Russian required
One great novel such as War and Peace or The Brothers Karamazov will be studied in detail along with some related works and a considerable sampling of critical studies.

RUTR 395 - (3) (Y)
No knowledge of Russian required
A study of the evolution of Nabokov's art, from his early Russian language tales to the major novels written in English.

RUSS 401, 402 - (3) (Y)
Fourth Year Russian
Prerequisites: RUSS 301, 302 with a grade of C or above
Continuing with Russian grammar. Oral practice, extensive reading, active and passive work in Russian stylistics.

RUSS 491, 492 - (3) (S)
Senior Thesis in Russian Studies
Required for majors in Russian Studies, normally taken in the fourth year.

RUSS 493 - (3) (S)
Independent Study
May be repeated for credit.

RUSS 495, 496 - (3) (S)
Senior Honors Thesis
For honors majors in Russian Language and Literature and Russian Studies.

RUSS 500 - (3) (SI)
Reading Techniques for Russian Newspapers and
Prerequisite: RUSS 202 or the equivalent
The translation of Russian newspapers and journal articles.

RUSS 501 - (3) (Y)
Readings in the Social Sciences
Prerequisite: RUSS 302
Based on careful analysis of the social science texts in Patrick's Advanced Russian Reader, students are introduced to advanced topics in Russian morphology and syntax. Successful completion of the course enables students to read 19th and 20th century Russian non-fiction with minimal difficulty.

RUSS 502 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Proficiency Russian
Prerequisite: RUSS 402
Development of advanced level proficiency in the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. May be repeated for credit.

RUSS 503 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Russian
Prerequisite: RUSS 401, 402

RUSS 505 - (1) (S)
Advanced Conversation
Prerequisite: RUSS 302
Two hours of conversation practice per week. May be repeated for credit.

The following courses all require a reading knowledge of Russian, unless otherwise noted.

RUSS 521 - (3) (SI)
The Structure of Modern Russian
Prerequisite: LING 325, RUSS 302, and permission of instructor
A study of linguistic approaches to the phonology and morphology of standard Russian.

RUSS 522 - (3) (SI)
The Structure of Modern Russian: Syntax and Semantics
Prerequisites: RUSS 301 and permission of instructor, LING 325 strongly recommended
A study of linguistic approaches to the syntax and semantics of contemporary standard Russian.

RUSS 523 - (3) (SI)
History of the Russian Literary Language
Prerequisites: RUSS 301, 302, and permission of instructor
History of literary (standard) Russian from its formation to the present day. Problems of vocabulary, syntax and stylistics.

RUSS 524 - (3) (SI)
History of the Russian Language
Prerequisite: LING 502, RUSS 302, and permission of the instructor
Diachronic linguistic analysis of the Russian language.

SLAV 536 (3) (O)
Slavic Mythology
A survey of Slavic pre-Christian and Christian beliefs and customs with special emphasis on their role in folklore.

SLAV 537 (3) (E)
South Slavic Mythology
A survey of South Slavic ethnography and folklore with special emphasis on the Bulgarians and the Serbs.

RUSS 550 - (3) (IR)
Russian Satire
Treats the theory and praxis of Russian literary satire. Several examples of Russian satire from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries are examined; the main focus of the course is on twentieth-century works. Students become familiar with the forms and functions of satire in Russian, Soviet, and émigré literary culture.

RUSS 551 - (3) (SI)
Russian Drama and Theatre
Works by authors from Fonvizin to Shvarts with emphasis on the major plays of Gogol, Chekhov, and Gorky. Study of production theories of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, and other important Russian directors. Open to students from other departments with no knowledge of Russian.

RUSS 552 - (3) (O)
The Rise of the Russian Novel, 1795-1850
Traces the development of the Russian novel in the first half of the nineteenth century. Focus is on the major contributions of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Dostoevskii, and Turgenev and examines the social and literary forces which contributed to the evolution of the Russian novel, including the rise of a literary marketplace, influences from West European literature, etc.

RUSS 553 - (3) (E)
The Golden Age of Russian Poetry
A survey of the work of Zhukovskii, Batiushkov, Pushkin, Lermontov, Baratynskii, Tiutchev, and others.

RUSS 554 - (3) (E)
Age of Realism, 1851-1881
Examines the accomplishments of Russia's most celebrated writers during the middle of the nineteenth century. Explores the many forms which the concept of "realism" assumed in Russia at this time, and investigates how Russian writers responded to the calls of their contemporary critics to use literature to promote socially progressive ends.

RUSS 555 - (3) (E)
The Silver Age of Russian Poetry
Works by Blok, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Mayakovsky, Tsvetaeva, and Pasternak. Study of Russian Symbolism, Acmeism, Futurism.

RUSS 556 - (3) (E)
Russian Modernism
Examines selected works by the leading writers of the early part of the twentieth century. Explores concepts of Symbolism, Acmeism, and Futurism. Focus is on competing conceptions of literature that evolved in the 1920s until the establishment of the hegemony of Socialist Realism in the 1930s. Works written by Russian writers living in emigration will be considered.

RUSS 557 - (3) (IR)
Russian Formalism and Structuralist Poetics
A study of the theory and practice of groups of literary critics. No foreign language is required, but a reading knowledge of French, German or Russian would be helpful.

RUSS 558 - (3) (O)
Contemporary Russian Literature
Traces the evolution of Russian literature from the "Thaw" period until the present. Examines the diverse ways in which Russia's writers tried to accommodate, evade, or challenge the prevailing norms of Soviet literature during the 1960s, and concludes with an analysis of the conflicting forces shaping the development of Russian literature at the present moment.

RUSS 565 - (3) (SI)
Prerequisites: RUSS 301, 302
Study of the syntactic, lexical, and other stylistic features of literary Russian in various contexts.

RUSS 573 - (3) (SI)
Dostoevsky and the Modern Novel
A study of the major works of Dostoevsky. Special emphasis on the various critical approaches employed in the study of Dostoevsky. Open to students from other departments with no knowledge of Russian.

RUSS 575 - (3) (IR)
Russian Poetry
Selected poets from Pushkin to the present. Study of Russian poetics.

RUSS 585, 586 - (3) (SI)
Topics in Comparative Literature
Study of various literary themes, movements, genres in an attempt to relate Russian literature to the literatures of other countries. The course is open to students from other departments with no knowledge of Russian, and may be taken more than once for credit.

RUSS 591 - (3) (Y)
Selected Topics in Literature
Typical topics in various years include Tolstoy, Russian Literary Journalism, Mid-Nineteenth Century Russian novel. In some years open to students from other departments with no knowledge of Russian. May be repeated for credit.

SLAV 592 - (3) (SI)
Selected Topics in Russian Linguistics
May be repeated for credit.

Other Slavic Languages and Linguistics

Prerequisites for courses listed below: permission of the instructor; some knowledge of Russian recommended.

BULG 521, 522 - (3) (IR)
Introduction to Bulgarian Language and Literature
An introduction to the language and literature of Bulgaria. Readings from selected authors.

CZ 521, 522 - (3) (IR)
Introduction to Czech Language and Literature
An introduction to the language and literature of the Czechs. Readings from selected authors.

POL 521, 522 - (3) (O)
Introduction to Polish Language and Literature
An introduction to the language and literature of Poland. Readings from selected authors.

SRBC 521, 522 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Serbian or Croatian Language and Literature
An introduction to the language and literature of Serbia or Croatia. Readings from selected authors.

UKR 521, 522 - (3) (IR)
Introduction to Ukrainian Language and Literature
An introduction to the language and literature of the Ukraine. Readings from selected authors.

SLAV 525 - (3) (SI)
Introduction to Slavic Linguistics
Prerequisites: LING 325, RUSS 302, and permission of the instructor
General introduction to linguistics, phonology, morphology, and grammatical structure of Russian and other Slavic languages.

SLAV 533 - (3) (SI)
Topics in West Slavic Literatures
Topics include Polish, Czech, or Slovak fiction, poetry, or drama. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

SLAV 543 - (3) (SI)
Topics in South Slavic Literatures
Topics include Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, or Macedonian fiction, poetry, or drama. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Department of Sociology

Overview The major in sociology is designed to provide undergraduates with a broad, systematic understanding of society and to cultivate their own sociological interests. The major also develops general skills of practical value, especially the ability to think critically and to express ideas clearly. Sociology majors are also able to offer employers specific skills in data collection and analysis as well as a sensitive awareness of their social environment.

Students take courses in three areas: social theory; substantive research fields; and research methods, statistics, and computer applications. The department promotes a rigorous grounding in the discipline, while giving students the opportunity to define their own intellectual development with the help of an advisor.

Faculty The fifteen full-time faculty members ensure that each semester there is a diverse range of courses offered. Currently, there are more than forty courses offered in sociology law, social change, sociology of culture, education and gender, political sociology, religion, family, stratification, sociological theory, and demography.

Students The department currently has approximately 215 majors. Many of these students choose to double major in other areas. Sociology and psychology, sociology and history, and sociology and economics are a few typical examples. Outstanding students have continued their work in this field at top departments around the country and several have won scholarships for graduate work.

Although some majors use their undergraduate degree as the first step toward the Ph.D., many majors work in private business or the public sector as managers or professionals. Recent graduates have gone directly to work for banks, retail firms, publishers, hospitals, federal agencies, social service organizations, and market research firms. Other students have entered graduate study in law, business social work, public administration, and health administration.

Requirements for Major Thirty credits in a program approved by the student's advisor are required for the sociology major. These credits may include courses taken before the declaration of the major but may not include courses used to fulfill area requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. To declare a major, a student must have completed 6 credits of coursework in the department with at least a grade of "C" in each course.

The following courses are required of sociology majors:
SOC 101 - Introductory Sociology
SOC 302 - Introduction to Social Theory
SOC 303 - Sociology Majors Seminar
SOC 311 - Introduction to Social Statistics (4 credits)
SOC 495 - Sociology Research Workshop

In addition to SOC 495, sociology majors are required to take three 400-level or 500-level courses.

A grade of "C" or better is required in every course counted toward the major. Students receiving grades of "C-" or lower in three courses in the Department or falling below a 2.0 GPA in the Department are not allowed to continue as a major. Students receiving less than a "C" in a required course must retake it and receive a grade of "C" or higher.

Students who have successfully completed a statistics course in another department and have had some exposure to using a computer may petition to waive the SOC 311 requirement, substituting another three credit sociology course. With approval of the student's major advisor, up to six credits in related fields may be used to fulfill the 30 credit requirement. Related courses may not be used to satisfy the required number of courses at the 400- or 500-level.

Students planning to major in sociology are urged to take SOC 101 before entering the program.

Exceptions to any of these requirements will be made only upon petition to the Undergraduate Studies Committee.

Requirements for Minor Students wishing to minor in sociology are required to complete six courses in the department (18 credits) with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. No courses taken outside the Department of Sociology are acceptable for the minor. The eighteen credits must include Sociology 101 (Introductory Sociology), and two courses (6 credits) at the 400- or 500-level.

Distinction and Prizes The department participates in the College's Distinguished Majors Program. Qualified students conduct an independent research project in their fourth year under the supervision of a faculty member. The department also recognizes outstanding majors through its chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the national sociology honor society. Information about both programs can be obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

The Department annually awards the Commonwealth Prize for the best undergraduate paper in sociology.

Special Programs The Fifth Year M.A. Program permits a sociology major to complete a Master of Arts degree in sociology with one year of intensive study after the B.A. Financial aid for the fifth year is available on a competitive basis. Students interested in the program must carefully plan their undergraduate course of study to meet the admission requirements. They are advised to discuss their interest with the Program Advisor in their third year.

The Undergraduate Internship Program is a joint project of the Sociology Department and the Center for Public Service that grants course credit for supervised field work in a wide range of local government, voluntary and business organizations. Regular class meetings with supervising faculty are required, in which interns analyze their experiences.

Facilities The Department is located on the fifth floor of Cabell Hall. It maintains a computer facility with terminals and printers available for coursework.

Research Besides encouraging independent student projects, the Department has occasional opportunities for students to work as paid assistants on faculty research projects. Inquiries and applications should be addressed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Additional Information For more information, contact:

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Sociology
539 Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(804) 924-7293
Sociology World Wide Web site
Sociology faculty


SOC 101 - (3) (S)
Introductory Sociology
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology with special attention to sociological theory and research methods. Survey of the diverse substantive fields in the discipline with a primary emphasis on the institutions in contemporary American society.

SOC 195, 196 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Social Issues
The topics covered vary from semester to semester and will be announced.

SOC 202 - (3) (IR)
Introduction to Women's Studies
A study of women from the perspectives of the social sciences and the humanities. The past and present position of women in the family, the work place, and social and political groups, in both Western and non-Western societies, are examined.

SOC 219 - (2) (S)
Microcomputer Applications in Sociology
Introduction to the personal computer and its major applications in sociological research. Conceptual framework and hands-on experience relating to applications, DOS, network environment, and computer communications.

SOC 221 - (3) (IR)
Drugs and Society
The American use of licit and illicit drugs and the social processes involved in their development into a major contemporary social problem.

SOC 222 - (3) (IR)
Contemporary Social Problems
An analysis of the causes and consequences of current social problems in the United States: race and ethnic relations, poverty, crime and delinquency, the environment, drugs, and problems of educational institutions.

S0C 247 - (3) (Y)
American Society and Popular Culture
Introduces a sociological perspective on popular culture, and examines the working of selected sociological concepts in several examples of popular culture. A familiarity with introductory level sociology is suggested, but not required. The course covers sociological perspectives and theories on culture; sociological concepts such as socialization and individualism/conformity; and the construction of gender, race/ethnicity, work, and the family in several popular novels and movies.

SOC 252 - (3) (Y)
Sociology of the Family
Comparison of family organizations in relation to other social institutions in various societies; an introduction to the theory of kinship and marriage systems.

SOC 255 - (3) (S)
Law and Society
Studies the relationship between society and criminal and civil law. Of special concern is the relationship between socio-economic status and access to the legal system, including the areas of education, employment, consumer protection, and environmental concerns.

SOC 257 - (3) (Y)
New Religious Movements
How new religious movements emerge, how they recruit and hold followers, and how various sectors of society respond to different types of new religious groups. Sects and cults as well as religious movements arising from established religious traditions will be considered.

SOC 273 - (3) (Y)
Computers and Society
The impact of electronic data processing technologies on social structure and the social constraints on the development and application of these technologies. Review of how computers are changing-and failing to change-fundamental institutions. The goal is to understand computers in the context of societal needs, organizational imperatives, and human values.

SOC 279 - (3) (S)
Sociology of American Business
The internal workings of business institutions, especially the modern American corporation, and their relationships to other social institutions. Among the topics to be considered: managerial control over corporate decisions; the determinants of individual success within business; the effect of business policies on family life; the political power of the business sector; and a comparison of Japanese and American business organizations.

SOC 302 - (3) (S)
Introduction to Social Theory
An introduction to the major theoretical issues and traditions in sociology, especially as developed in the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. Sociology majors are expected to take this course in their third year.

SOC 303 - (1) (S)
Sociology Majors Seminar
A colloquium in which sociology faculty will make presentations about their research activities. Required of all majors in their third year. Regular attendance is mandatory.

SOC 310 - (3) (SI)
Sociology of Art
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission of instructor
The relationship between art and society, including the social role of the artist, the nature and extent of the audience for different forms of art, the commercialization of art and the rise of mass culture, the structure and function of the museum, the impact of state support, the use of art as propaganda, and the causes and consequences of censorship. The emphasis will be on painting but other forms of art-such as music, dance, and theatre are also examined, depending on the background and interest of the students.

SOC 311 - (4) (S)
Introduction to Social Statistics
Elementary statistical methods for social science applications. Topics include summarizing data with graphs and descriptive measures, generalizing from a sample to a population as in opinion polls, and determining the relationship between two variables. No special mathematical background is required, and students will be taught basic computer techniques. Three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory work. Majors are expected to take this course in their third year.

SOC 322 - (3) (IR)
Juvenile Delinquency
An analysis of the social sources and consequences of juvenile delinquency.

SOC 323 - (3) (S)
Socio-cultural conditions affecting the definition, recording, and treatment of delinquency and crime. Examination of theories of deviant behavior, the role of the police, judicial and corrective systems and the victim in criminal behavior.

SOC 338 - (3) (SI)
India and South Asia
An introduction to the culture of South Asia from a sociological perspective. Special attention is given to the caste system and its relationship to the various religions of the area.

SOC 341 - (3) (Y)
Race and Ethnic Relations
An introduction to the study of race and ethnic relations, including the social and economic conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, and segregation. Contemporary American conditions as well as historical and international material will be examined.

SOC 343 - (3) (Y)
The Sociology of Sex Roles
Analysis of the physiological, psychological, and achievement differences between the sexes; theoretical explanations for sex differences and sex role differentiation; psychological and structural barriers to achievement by women; inter-personal power and sexual relationships between the sexes; and changing sex roles in contemporary society.

SOC 361 - (3) (IR)
Population Issues and Problems
History of world population growth with particular emphasis on developing nations. Trends in fertility, mortality, and internal migration, and the relationship of these factors to changes in population size and composition; implications for economic and social welfare.

SOC 368 - (3) (IR)
Problems of Urban Life
Current problems of the American metropolis in sociological perspective: growth and suburbanization; housing, transportation, environmental protection, and public finance; crime, segregation, and changing community structures; urban planning and democratic control.

SOC 375 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of the Future
A survey of attempts by social scientists to understand and predict the future. The topics covered include utopian plans and their consequences, inevitability theories, the outcome of revolutionary movements, the art of demographic prediction, the extrapolation of social and economic trends, computer simulation of future conditions, science fiction as a social phenomenon, and methods of evaluating long-range predictions.

SOC 380 - (3) (IR)
Social Change
An analysis of social change in whole societies with a focus on contemporary America. Special attention is devoted to the major theories of social change from Marx and Spencer through contemporary analyses.

SOC 381 - (3) (IR)
The Welfare State
The causes and social ramifications of the shift in responsibility for the care of social dependents to agencies of the state in terms of costs, treatment, benefits, and violations.

SOC 382 - (3) (IR)
Social Movements
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission of instructor
Social movements considered as responses to the modernization of societies. Analysis of the structuring, leadership, recruitment, symbols, tactics, and strategies of movements seeking change. Studies of utopias and such groups as workers, peasants, and intellectuals, both historical and contemporary.

SOC 395, 396 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Sociology
The topics covered vary from semester to semester and will be announced.

SOC 409 - (3) (Y)
Sociology of Literature
Prerequisite: Six units of sociology or permission of instructor
An upper level seminar in the sociology of literature. Students should be familiar with general sociological concepts and theory. Covers material from a wide range of perspectives in an attempt to understand the social context of written language and of literature. Student groups will be responsible for leading general class discussion on one or more occasions.

SOC 423 - (3) (Y)
Deviance and Social Control
Prerequisite: Six units of sociology or permission of instructor
An examination of a variety of deviant behaviors in American society and the sociological theories that explain societal reactions and attempts at social control. Focus on enduring conditions such as drug addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness.

SOC 426 - (3) (IR)
Health Care Systems
Prerequisite: Six units of sociology or permission of instructor
The formal and informal organizational framework within which health care services are delivered. Examines the process of social change and alternative systems of health care delivery.

SOC 428 - (3) (IR)
The Sociology of Mental Illness and Health
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
The concepts of behavioral deviance from sociologic, psychologic, and biologic perspectives with review and analysis of epidemiologic studies, both American and cross-cultural.

SOC 442 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Inequality
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
A survey of basic theories and methods used to analyze structures of social inequality. Includes comparative analysis of the inequalities of power and privilege, both their causes and their consequences for social conflict and social change.

SOC 443 - (3) (Y)
Women and Society
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
The changing legal and socio-economic relationships between women and men in Western and non-Western societies: class, ethnic, and religious differences in sex role socialization; biological, psychological, and social institutional factors affecting sex roles; sex discrimination; and movements for sex equality.

SOC 444 - (3) (IR)
Capitalism as a Social Order
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
Analysis of prominent assessments of capitalism as a social order. Texts will include both historically significant and contemporary statements. Among the issues to be addressed are: the defining characteristics of capitalism; the values by which critics and proponents judge the performance of the system; the social and political ramifications of this economic form, with special focus on distributional consequences; and the contrast between its "classical" and contemporary forms.

SOC 450 - (3) (Y)
American Society
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
Present and anticipated trends in American institutions and values. Emphasis on contemporary dilemmas such as race relations, poverty, community life, and technological transformations.

SOC 451 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Work
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
The division of labor, occupational classification, labor force trends, career patterns and mobility, occupational cultures and life-styles, and the sociology of the labor market.

SOC 452 - (3) (Y)
Sociology of Religious Behavior
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
Classical and contemporary theories and empirical research are examined to illuminate the changing role of religious belief and religious institutions in the Western World. Emphasis will be placed on the methodological problems of studying religion.

SOC 453 - (3) (Y)
Sociology of Education
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
Analysis of education as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions, e.g., the economy, the stratification system, the family. Special attention will be devoted to the role of education in the status attainment process.

SOC 454 - (3) (Y)
Political Sociology
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
The relationships between social structure and political institutions. Competing theories about such topics as power structures, political participation, ideology, party affiliation, voting behavior, and social movements are discussed in the context of recent research on national and local politics in the United States.

SOC 455 - (3) (Y)
Sociology of Law
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
Examines the structure and functioning of the legal institution in primitive and modern societies and the institutionalization of social justice. Consideration will be given to a variety of special issues: conditions under which laws change, the relationship between the legal and political systems, and the social impact of legal sanctions.

SOC 457 - (3) (IR)
Family Policy
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
The relationship between family and society as expressed in policy and law. Focus on the effects of formal policy on the structure of families and the interactions within families. The American family system will be examined as it has responded to laws and policies of government and private industry and to changes in society.

SOC 459 - (3) (Y)
Conflict Management
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
A theoretical exploration of the handling of grievances in diverse social settings. Analysis of social conditions associated with phenomena such as vengeance, honor, discipline, rebellion, avoidance, negotiation, mediation, and adjudication.

SOC 460 - (3) (Y)
Gender and Culture
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
How the social definition of gender affects and is affected by cultural artifacts such as literature, movies, music, and TV. Students are expected to be familiar with general sociological concepts and theory and be regularly prepared for participation in a demanding seminar.

SOC 461 - (3) (IR)
Population Analysis
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
Methods, theories, and principles of demographic analysis with special applications to problems in the study of U.S. and international fertility, mortality, and migration.

SOC 470 - (3) (Y)
Medical Sociology
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
A sociological orientation to understanding how and why the issues of health and disease have come to occupy such an important role in contemporary American society. Health issues are presented as a consequence of social change with emphasis on population characteristics, working conditions, education, and mass communication in the United States.

SOC 471 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Organizations
Prerequisite: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor
An examination of formal organizations in government, industry, education, health care, religion, the arts, and voluntary associations. Consider such topics as power and authority, communication, "informal" relations, commitment and alienation.

SOC 480, 481, 482 - (4) (S)
Prerequisite: Student must be a fourth year sociology major with substantial completion of major requirements.
An internship placement to be arranged by the supervising faculty. Students will work in various agencies in the Charlottesville community such as health care delivery, social services, juvenile justice, etc. Regular class meetings with the supervising faculty to analyze the intern experience and to discuss assigned reading. Only three credits can be counted toward sociology major.

SOC 495 - (4) (S)
Sociology Research Workshop
Prerequisite: SOC 311
An introduction to data analysis and data processing, as well as the conceptualization of sociological problems. Emphasis on individual student projects.

SOC 497 - (1-6) (S)
Special Studies in Sociology
Prerequisite: Substantial completion of major requirements and permission of the department major advisor
An independent study project conducted by the student under the supervision of an instructor of his or her choice.

Courses at the 500 level are open to advanced undergraduates. All such courses have a prerequisite of six credits of sociology or permission of the instructor; some have additional prerequisites as noted.

SOC 503 - (3) (Y)
Classical Sociological Theory
A seminar focusing on the writings of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and other social theorists. Open to students in related disciplines.

SOC 506 - (3) (Y)
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Prerequisite: SOC 503 or permission of instructor
A consideration of the nature and purpose of sociological theory as well as a survey of the most important contemporary theories and theorists.

SOC 507 - (3) (IR)
Max Weber: Theoretical Considerations
A critical examination of Weber's writings and his influence on social science.

SOC 510 - (3) (SI)
Research Design and Methods
Prerequisite: SOC 495, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor
The steps necessary to design a research project including searching the literature, formulating a problem, deriving propositions, operationalizing concepts, constructing explanations and testing hypotheses.

SOC 511- (3) (Y)
Survey Research Methods
Prerequisite: SOC 495, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor
The theory and practice of survey research. The topics covered include the survey as a cultural form; sampling theory; the construction, testing, and improvement of survey instruments; interviewer training; the organization of field work; coding and tabulating; and the preparation of survey reports. Students collectively design and carry out one major survey during the semester.

SOC 512 - (3) (Y)
Intermediate Statistics
Prerequisite: SOC 311, graduate standing, or permission of instructor
Social science applications of analysis of variance, correlation and regression; consideration of causal models.

SOC 562 - (3) (SI)
Social Demography
International study of population structures with special emphasis on comparison of developed and developing societies. Particular attention is paid to the way in which differing rates of population growth affect the patterns of social and economic change in these societies.

SOC 566 - (3) (SI)
Urban Ecology
The interaction between human populations and their urban environments. Emphasis is on the processes of development and change in America's urban communities, and the linkages among their demographic, economic, and social structures.

SOC 573 - (3) (IR)
Organizations and Social Structure
Examination of the effects of social structure on the creation, persistence, and performance of organizations. Organizations considered as the units of stratification systems in modern societies; implications of organizations for both social integration and social revolution.

SOC 595, 596 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Sociology
The topics covered vary from semester to semester and will be announced.