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Department: Political Science, Economics, Sociology

Guy C. DaltoGuy C. Dalto

Professor of Sociology


Harbert 320

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Box 549007
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4833
Office Fax: (205) 226-4847

Brief Career Background:

Dr. Dalto came to Birmingham-Southern College as an associate professor of sociology in 1982 from Detroit, Michigan where he taught at Wayne State University. In 1987, he was promoted to the rank of full professor. His current research interest is the study of presidential elections in the U.S. and the gender gap in politics. Abstracts of his recent papers are available upon request to his email site.

Educational Background:

B.A. Sociology, Rutgers University, 1971
M.A. Sociology, University of Chicago, 1973
Ph.D. Sociology, University of Chicago, 1975.

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Gender Studies
  • Voting Behavior
  • Social Inequality

Courses Taught:

SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (1)
The study of human society: the processes of social interaction and organization. Emphasis is placed on learning the basic concepts, principles, and theoretical perspectives of sociology. Prerequisite: MA 115, placement, or consent. Fall, Spring, Summer.

SO 102 Contemporary Social Problems (1)
The application of sociological principles and perspectives in the analysis of current issues. The impact of social change, deviations from norms, and conflicts between social structures and social goals and values are considered in relation to social problems (an IC designated course). Fall, Spring.

SO 204 Survey Data Analysis and Statistics I (1)
Theory and practice in formulating hypotheses and evaluating them by analyzing secondary sources of data with SPSSPC+. Emphasis is placed on data management, data analysis, the use of appropriate statistics, and the interpretation of statistical output. Though intended as a prerequisite for SO 304 or PS 304, this course can help any student develop analytical skills. Laboratory once a week. (Also listed as PS 204, this course may be counted for credit in either sociology or political science.) Prerequisites: SO 101 or PS 101 and MA 125, equivalent, or consent. Fall.

SO 215 Sex, Gender, and Society (1)
A survey of theory and research on males and females; biological and cultural factors in development and abilities; perception and treatment of the genders by society; current gender issues and their historical context. (Also listed as PY 215, this course may be counted for credit in either sociology or psychology.) Prerequisite: SO 101, SO 102, or PY 101. Spring.

SO 308 Criminal Justice (1)
An investigation into the social processes involved in the criminal justice system. Crime and delinquency, police organization and behavior, and the sociology of law are stressed. Prerequisite: SO 101 or SO 102. Spring.

SO 339 Social Stratification (1)
The study of economic class, prestige, life style, and power hierarchies. Causes and consequences of structured social inequality are emphasized. Prerequisite: SO 101 or SO 102. Fall.