My Sociology Experience at OSU
The major in
Sociology at OSU
covers a broad range of topics.
Within this major, students are encouraged to design a custom program.
My program centers on the global issues relating to Women and Families.
I sought to integrate a geographical perspective, by looking at social
issues as they intersect with location and the environment. I completed
47 quarter hours in Sociology. My final GPA was 3.7 within this
major. To view all my classes and grades click
My program of study includes the following topics:
Violence Against Women
Trafficing and Slavery
Women Waging War and Peace
Politics and Social Conflict
Discrimation and Diversity
Poverty, Opportunity and Education
Family and Work Conflicts
Alternative Lifestyles and Religions
This is a complete listing of my classes:
In addition to the classes listed above, several classes in other
departments are closely related to my focus on global issues of Women
and Families. These classes provided additional insight:
Class Details and Projects
|Soc 330: Varieties of Modern Marriage|
While this class was taken
during my earlier days at OSU, I still remember the research paper I did
for this class. Our assignment was to investigate and report on a
social institution that served families. I wrote about the
Huckleberry House, which was
established in 1970 to give runaways a safe place to go rather than
the streets of the city. I visited their house, spoke with counselors
and runaways, and came away very impressed with the work they were doing.
About two weeks after turning my report, our instructor had finished
grading the papers for some 200 students. Standing in front of the class,
she told us that before anyone questions their grade on the paper, she
wanted to read to us the best paper from our class. The paper she
read aloud was mine. I regret that this paper was not done
electronically and the original typed copy was destroyed in a flood
years ago, so I cannot post it here. This is one of my fondest memories
from my early studies in Sociology.
Soc 463: Social Stratification: Race, Class and Gender
was my professor for this class. Our studies in this class focused on
social inequality and it's inter-relationship with class and status,
race and ethnicity, and gender. My special project for this class was a
series of maps visualizing Diversity and Poverty for Franklin County, OH.
To view the presentation click on the image to the right.
Topics in this class included: The growing gap between the rich and poor,
immigration, inequalities in higher education, segregation and
discrimination and globalization. The number of maps in Dr. Buchmann's
presentation, clearly showed how geography plays a major role in the
social institutions and processes discussed in this class. This class
also relates to my advanced Web-GIS project
The Geography of Opportunity
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Mapping Diversity and Poverty
Soc 597.01: Social Institutions and Change
Dr. Tamar Mott was my professor for this class. When I learned that she teaches in both the Sociology and Geography departments, I knew I had to take this class and I was not disappointed. Our studies included population and demographic change, modernization and globalization, migration, foreign aid, genocide, war and terrorism and global environmental problems. Each student was required to debate one side of an assigned topic and mine was Over Population. I took the environmental approach to argue that yes over population is a problem. I integrated materials from both my 'environmental science' and 'physical geography and environmental issues' classes as well as additional research. To download my report on 'Over Population' click here.
For our assigned research paper, we were required to select a country
in the developing world. I chose Sudan. This paper discusses the social
problems they are experiencing. It also includes the role of
international aid and our recommendations for aid. Sudan has a long
history of social conflict. Issues include genocide, poverty, health issues,
environmental degradation and civil war. To read my report 'Sudan -
A Country in Crisis' click on the picture to the right.
Soc 601: Comparative Family Organization
was my professor for this class and my first Sociology advisor. This
class encouraged us to look beyond our borders. We examined family structures
from around the world. I remember my research paper, which focused on the
Middle East, was titled 'Practicing Polygyny in Secret'.
Unfortunately, this research paper was lost in the flood as well. The
variety of course readings and in-depth class discussions led by Dr.
Houseknecht made this an excellent learning experience. The big
picture view of family organization worldwide stayed with me as I took
other classes presenting global issues such as 'Social
Institutions and Change' and 'Women, Culture and
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Soc 610: Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Lynette Martin was my instructor for this class and after the final grades were posted, she let me know that I received the top grade in the class. While this class is primarily organized around deviance as it relates to criminal behaviors, it did include a number of topics related to global issues of women and families: sexual assault, domestic violence, and cultural deviance. We were assigned research paper, which required participant observation of a deviant group. I chose Druids as my topic because this growing spiritual movement is attracting environmentalists. My paper 'Druidry: an Alternative Religion' is based on interviews with members of the Three Cranes Grove and attendance at a ritual. It was certainly a different 'green' experience. The research for this topic indicated that while druidry is a growing movement, it is often in conflict mainstream religions. Some participants opening acknowledge their membership and others practice in secret. For a more information about druids and other participants in new age religions, a comprehensive study was published by Berger, Leach, and Shaffer. Click hereto read a review.
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Druidry: an Alternative Religion
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