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Pamela Oliver
Sociology Dept
1180 Observatory Dr. Madison, Wisconsin



Professor Pamela Oliver

Department of Sociology



The "typical" entering grad should take 700 (a 1 credit proseminar involving class attendance only & no outside reading), 773 (intermediate theory), a statistics course (360, 361, or 362 depending on background), and some course in an area of interest to you. If you have prior graduate training or are otherwise atypical, consult with the graduate advisor. Graduate students MAY NOT take courses numbered 100-299. You will need to make special arrangements if you want to take elementary language courses numbered below 300.

If a class is closed: courses open to undergraduates may be closed, as continuing students registered some time ago. Many faculty are willing to add a few graduate students. Consult with the graduate advisor and the instructor if you wish to take a closed course.

NOTE: For more detailed descriptions of some courses, see separate course description page

Link to the Official Fall Timetable for Sociology showing times & rooms 

Courses numbered 300-699 are grouped by subject area, not by difficulty level and are open to both grads and undergrads. Specific courses vary in their appropriateness for sociology grads. See notes
# Title Instructor Comments Email
327 Cap, Soc, Democ-Am Goldberg Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy in America since 1890. Primarily for undergrads, ok for grads with no background, consult instructor. Longer Description cgoldber@ssc.wisc.edu
357 Meth-Sociological Inquiry Piliavin Only if deficiency; take Piliavin's sections; section 001 is most appropriate for grads, as it is the honor's section jpiliavi@ssc.wisc.edu
360 Stats for Sociologists I Schaeffer, Quillian, Guillot Only if you have not had elementary statistics schaeffe@ssc.wisc.edu quillian@ssc.wisc.edu mguillot@ssc.wisc.edu
361 Stats for Sociologists II Logan The course to take if you have already had elementary statistics logan@ssc.wisc.edu
362 Stats for Sociologists III Halaby Consult with Prof. Halaby regarding correct placement halaby@ssc.wisc.edu
365 Computing-Sociologcl Resrch TBA Helpful for grad assistantships - doing statistical analysis with computers. x
380 Honors Population Merli Not for grads x
441 Criminology Bruce Not generally for grads; contact instructor mbruce@ssc.wisc.edu
475 Classical theory x Not for grads, take 773 x
476 Contemporary Soc Theory Ermakoff New grads welcome ermakoff@ssc.wisc.edu
496 Topics lec 1 Schutt This section is for undergrads. (Lecture 4) x
530 Intro Social Psychology DeLamater Not for grads, take 730 x
531 Sociology of Medicine Swallen Mostly for undergrads, OK for grads with no background, see previous syllabus at www.ssc.wisc.edu/~kswallen/home.htm kswallen@ssc.wisc.edu
535 Lang & Social Interaction Maynard Good for grads, consult instructor maynard@ssc.wisc.edu
615 Sociology of Religion Gorski OK for grads, consult instructor pgorski@ssc.wisc.edu
616 Sociology of Culture Lichterman Primarily for undergrads, consult instructor lichterm@ssc.wisc.edu
617 Community Development Green OK for grads, ok for people with no background gpgreen@facstaff.wisc.edu
620 Comparative Racial Inequality Loveman OK for grads, consult instructor  
621 Class, State & Ideol: IntroMarx Wright Good for grads, consult instructor wright@ssc.wisc.edu
624 Political Sociology Ermakoff Good for grads, consult instructor ermakoff@ssc.wisc.edu
628 Compar IR-Devel Countries Zeitlin Consult instructor jzeitlin@facstaff.wisc.edu
630 Soc:Devlp Societies/3rd Wld Bunker Good for students going into development or environmental sociology, no background required. Consult instructor. Bunker@ssc.wisc.edu
632 Sociology of Organizations Handel Good for grads, consult instructor mhandel@ssc.wisc.edu
637 Sociology of Science Fujimura OK for grads, Consult instructor. fujimura@ssc.wisc.edu
648 Sociology of Education Olneck Good for new grads without background in the area olneck@education.wisc.edu
651 Foundatn of Economic Sociology Montgomery Good for grads. Longer description. Course web page jmontgom@ssc.wisc.edu
663 Population and Society Guillot New demography grads should take this course in the fall & 674 (dem tech) in the spring; consult instructor or advisor if you may have already had this material. palloni@ssc.wisc.edu
676 App Demogrphy-Amer Demgrphy Voss How demography is applied to policy in the public and private sectors of the economy. OK for grads who don't have background in the area voss@ssc.wisc.edu
677 Urbanism and Urbanization Wilson OK for grads. Wilson@ssc.wisc.edu
COURSES NUMBERED ABOVE 700 ARE RESTRICTED TO GRADS. 700-800 level is usually ok for new grads unless noted. 900 level seminars vary in background required, see notes and check with instructor
700 Proseminar Maynard Required for all entering graduate students. Weekly faculty presentations; no additional work. Maynard@ssc.wisc.edu
773 Intermediate Soc Theory Camic Required course. Best to take it your first semester. Camic@ssc.wisc.edu
804 Interdis W European Studies x cross-listed course not taught by sociology x
875 Special Topics Bland, Bell

Special Topics: Agroecosystem Evaluation. Interdisciplinary, team-taught course on evaluating and resolving social and environmental conflicts in agroecosystems. Longer description Course website

michaelbell@wisc.edu or wlbland@facstaff.wisc.edu
901 Seminar, Topics Fujimura Science, Technology & Medicine in Society. Co-taught with Mitman. Suitable for new grads. Consult instructor. fujimura@ssc.wisc.edu
915 Seminar:Sociological Theory Emirbayer Pierre Bourdieu Consult instructor emirbaye@ssc.wisc.edu
920 Smr: Oranizations Theory Freeland Governance of the American Firm. Consult instructor.  
924 Seminar Political Sociology Oliver Social Movements Theory and Research. Consult Instructor. Course web page oliver@ssc.wisc.edu
929 Class Anal & Historical Change Wright Envisioning Real Utopias. Consult instructor. Wright@ssc.wisc.edu
942 Smr-Energy, Envir & Develop Bunker Consult instructor Bunker@ssc.wisc.edu
945 Seminar - Rural Sociology Kloppenburg Consult Instructor jrkloppe@facstaff.wisc.edu
948 Smr: Environ & Resource Soc Buttel Consult instructor fhbuttel@facstaff.wisc.edu
952 Math&Stat Applications-Soc Logan Limited-Dep & Categorical Vars . An advanced statistics seminar, requires 362 or equivalent as a prerequisite. Consult instructor. logan@ssc.wisc.edu
960 Curr Meth Iss-Social Psych Maynard Ethnomethodology maynard@ssc.wisc.edu
977 Seminar-Human Ecology Voss Spatial Data Analysis. Consult Instructor. voss@ssc.wisc.edu
982 Smr: Latin American Area   Interdisciplinary area studies seminar; consult instructors.  
Training Seminars
  • 983 (economic)
  • 984 (gender)
  • 985 (STARE-science, technology, agriculture, environment)
  • 987 (race & ethnic)
  • 988 (deviance, law, social control)
  • 991 (social psychology)
  • 992 (politics, culture & society)
  • 993 (SECD, social & economic change & development)
  • 994 (critical sociology)
  • 995 (methodology)
  • 997 (demography) Required for those funded as demography trainees.

New grads are always welcome in training seminars. The format of a training seminar involves a presentation by a student or professor, followed by informal discussion about the presentation. There is usually no outside work except, sometimes, reading the paper to be presented in advance of the presentation. You may attend training seminar sessions without being registered for them. If you will be attending one regularly, you may register for it for 1 credit (for which you will get a S "satisfactory" grade which is not factored into your GPA). No entering student should register for 2 or 3 credits for such a seminar. Demography trainees are required to register for 997.


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