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SOC 1510 PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY (3 s.h.)
The science of human society with emphasis on description and analysis of society, culture, the socialization process, social institutions, and social change. This course is offered every fall and spring semester. SOC 1510 may be used to meet the Social Science core requirements.

SOC 2200 APPLIED STATISTICS (3 s.h.)
This course will include descriptive and inferential statistics, the logic of probability and hypothesis testing with emphasis on applications in social research. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 2530 GLOBAL SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3 s.h.)
From global warming to global capitalism, from international drug cartels to international terrorism, it is apparent that neither causes nor solutions to most social problems can be addressed simply within one country. This course will address issues such as work, poverty, crime, health, environment, war, and terrorism within a global perspective. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 2560 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3 s.h.)
A survey of the topics of cultural anthropology: language, kinship, economy, tribal/ethnic conflict, gender, age, race, magic and religion, colonialism and violence, globalization. Special attention will be given to the culture concept and ethnographic inquiry. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3010 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Aging, including historical perspectives; demographic trends; psychological and physiological processes of later life; and social role behavior in such areas as retirement, politics, religion, family life, housing, death, and dying. Cross-listed as GRN 3010 and SWK 3010. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3050 DEATH AND DYING (3 s.h.)
Personal and societal reaction to death with emphasis on euthanasia and suicide and the experience of the dying individual in relation to self, family, and care-providing institutions. Cross-listed as GRN 3050 and SWK 3050.This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3090 CRIMINOLOGY (3 s.h.)
The nature and types of delinquent and criminal behavior; the nature of the criminal and the crime; social, cultural, and psychological factors involved in illegal behavior; control and prevention; police, courts, probation, and correctional institutions. Cross listed as JUS 3090. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

SOC 3110 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (3 s.h.)
The nature and causes of juvenile delinquency, including individual, community, and labeling theories with attention to such social responses as prevention programs, juvenile courts, probation, correctional institutions, and rehabilitation. Prerequisite: SOC 3090 or consent of instructor. Cross listed as JUS 3110. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3320 METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (3 s.h.)
This course covers the scientific method and research design, including an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The student will develop an original research proposal. Prerequisites: SOC 2200, JUS 2200, MAT 2200, PSY 2500 or ECO 2160 or by special permission of the department chair) Cross-listed JUS 3320 and SWK 3320. This course is offered every fall semester.

SOC 3450 PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING (3 s.h.)
This course will examine changes with aging in various body systems, diseases found primarily among the aging, and maintenance of health in aging, especially through nutrition and exercise programs. Prerequisite: None. Cross listed as GRN 3450 and SWK 3450. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3600 RACE & ETHNIC RELATIONS (3 s.h.)
Sociological perspectives on race and ethnic relations will be explored in both the United States and around the world. Topics may include: immigration, the history of racism, structural racism, ethnic conflict or social movements. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3610 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
The influence others have on an individual's mental processes and behavior. Topics include the social self, person perception, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, social influence, prosocial behavior, aggression, group dynamics, and applied social psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. Cannot receive credit if credit received for SOC 3930. Cross listed as PSY 3610. This course is offered in the fall semester.

SOC 3720 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (3 s.h.)
Love, sexuality, mate selection, marriage, divorce, and child-rearing in a changing society. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3750 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (3 s.h.)
This course examines communication theories, issues, and practices applicable to group dynamics involved in the small group decision making process. Topics covered include the decision-making process, effects of group size, leadership/followership, trust, cohesiveness, relationship building and maintenance, communication culture, and problem solving. Prerequisites are OCL 1510 or permission of instructor. This course is offered in the fall semester. Cross-listed as OCL 3750 Small Group Communication.

SOC 3800-3990 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Courses on fields of special interest.

SOC 3810 WORK AND LEISURE (3 s.h.)
The study of social aspects of work and leisure. The sociology of work includes consideration of such topics as work roles and subcultures, types of occupations, occupational prestige, job satisfaction, unemployment, work and family, career patterns, and retirement. The study of leisure includes leisure styles and experiences, leisure throughout the life course, economic and political aspects, media, deviant leisure, sport, art, outdoor and community recreation, travel and tourism. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3830 GENDER AND SOCIETY (3 s.h.)
A study of the impact of gender on society and the individual. Examines sources of gender identity. Considers effects of gender in such areas as social stratification, politics, work, religion, and the family. Reviews the history and impact of the women's movement. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3860 DRUGS AND SOCIETY (3 s.h.)
Examines the impact of various types of psychoactive drugs on society. Includes recreational and psychotherapeutic drugs available both legally and illegally. The effects of various drugs and the history of governmental regulations of controlled substances are considered as well as current social problems associated with drug use and various attempts to deal with the drug problem. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3880 MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY (3 s.h.)
A study of the national and global health care system and social factors in health and illness, including the social demography of health, epidemiology, health and illness behavior, health care professions, the hospital as a social system, the sick role, medical ethics, and health care policy. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3900 SPORT IN SOCIETY (3 s.h.)
A study of sport as a social institution, including its relationships with such other institutions as education, the economy, and the media. Examines such topics as the functions of sport, sport as a career and as a business, the role of minorities and gender differences in sport, and such ethical issues as cheating, drug use and violence within the world of sports. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3910 THE UTOPIAN VISION (3 s.h.)
The search for utopia or a perfect society has been conducted through literature as well as experiments in communal living. This course examines such issues as what would be characteristics of the ideal society and whether such a society is possible. Includes an examination of utopian literature as well as the history of several American communal societies past and present. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3920 HUMAN SEXUALITY (3 s.h.)
A study of historical, biological, cultural, legal and ethical issues relating to human sexuality. Includes such issues as conception, pregnancy, birth control; heterosexual and homosexual patterns of sexual expression; gender roles; sexual dysfunctions and therapy; sexually transmitted diseases; and laws and norms regulating sexual expression. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 3930 SOCIETY AND SELF (3 s.h.)
A study of the interrelationship of the social and cultural environment and individual attitudes and behavior. Topics include symbolic interaction, role theory, conformity, deviance, attitudes and attitude change, attraction, cooperation, aggression, group dynamics, intergroup relations, and collective behavior. A student may not receive credit for both PSY/SOC 3610 and SOC 3930. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 4200 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3 s.h.)
The study of key contemporary theorists influencing sociological thought. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 4310 CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3 s.h.)
Historical and analytical study of sociological thought with emphasis on the ideas and assumptions of key theorists. Designated writing enrichment course for sociology majors. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 4500 RESEARCH SEMINAR (3 s.h.)
Students will develop an orginal study by collecting and analyzing their own data. The student will present an oral and written report on their research. Prerequisites: Sociology major, or consent of instructor. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 4700 INTERNSHIP (3 s.h.)
Student placement in an approved community setting for supervised learning experience. Minimum requirement of 1000 hours in the agency and a weekly on-campus seminar. Prerequisites: senior standing, Sociology major, and consent of instructor. This course is offered as needed.

SOC 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY (1-3 s.h.)
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.

 

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