FALL, 2001



Expect questions in each of the following areas:


Social institutions

Theoretical perspectives on religion, assumptions and concepts

Varieties of religion, their relative numbers and their distribution in the world and in the U.S.

Types of religious organizations and their properties

The relationship of religion to social change

Terms like secularization, fundamentalism, sacred, profane

Theoretical perspectives on the family

Factors influencing mate selection and terms like marriage gradient, endogamy, arranged marriages

Types of families

Family trends in time of marriage, size, changing functions, etc.

Political issues in education such as school financing, tracking, busing, prayer in schools, etc.

Concepts like the pygmalion effect, social promotion

Manifest and latent functions of education

Economic concepts like deskilling, monopoly capitalism, deindustrialization, professionalization, and alienation

Marx’s view of the economy

The role of multinationals in the U.S. and the world

Types of economies, economic sectors,


Who is more likely to be unemployed?

Factors affecting stratification in the workplace

Issues surrounding women and work