Sociology Courses

(GP) indicates that the course satisfies the Global Perspective Elective requirement in the General Education core.


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall and spring


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


SOC 2530 GLOBAL SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3 s.h.)

(GP) 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


SOC 2560 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3 s.h.)

(GP) 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.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: none
Cross-listed: GRN 3010 and SWK 3010
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.

Prerequisite: none
Cross-listed: GRN 3050 and SWK 3050
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.

Prerequisite: none
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 permission of instructor.
Cross-listed: JUS 3110
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 with permission of the department chair
Cross-listed: JUS 3320 and SWK 3320
Offered: fall


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: GRN 3450 and SWK 3450
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.

Prerequisite: none
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. Cannot receive credit if credit received for SOC 3930.

Prerequisite: PSY 1010
Cross-listed: PSY 3610
Offered: fall semester


SOC 3720 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (3 s.h.)

Love, sexuality, mate selection, marriage, divorce, and child-rearing in a changing society.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: ACL 1510 or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed: ACL 3750
Offered: fall semester


SOC 3800-3990 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY (3 s.h.)

Courses on fields of special interest.

Prerequisite: none


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


SOC 3820 SOCIOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD (3 s.h.)

This course is an overview of the sociological contributions to our understanding of childhood. We will consider diverse dimensions of childhood including age, gender, race/ethnicity, class, nationality, and sexuality.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


SOC 4200 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3 s.h.)

The study of key contemporary theorists influencing sociological thought.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


SOC 4500 RESEARCH SEMINAR (3 s.h.)

Students will develop an original study by collecting and analyzing their own data. The student will present an oral and written report on their research.

Prerequisite: Sociology major or permission of instructor
Offered: as needed


SOC 4700 INTERNSHIP (3 s.h.)

The student is placed in an approved community setting for a supervised learning experience. Minimum requirement of 100 hours in the agency and a weekly on-campus seminar.

Prerequisite: none
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.

Prerequisite: approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by Provost. Credit to be determined