Sociology

Sociology Course Descriptions

SOCI 101 The Sociological Perspective
Credit Hours:
3

Provides an introduction to the traditions, concepts, and methods of social inquiry. Students examine such topics as culture, social interaction, deviance, inequality, and social change.

SOCI 120 Perspectives in Multicultural Leadership
Credit Hours:
1

Provides an opportunity for students to examine leaders in the community and identify their own strengths to assist others. Through service-oriented action, students come to a greater understanding of being socially responsible in a multicultural setting. Prerequisite: Completion of LEAP Workshop or permission of instructor.

SOCI 216 Social Problems in Contemporary America
Credit Hours:
3

Examines the origins and consequences of some of the major social problems and dilemmas facing Americans today. Behavior related to problems such as race, class and gender, chemical dependency, sexual variation, crime, and the environmental crisis are studied from the sociological perspective.

SOCI 270 American Corrections
Credit Hours:
3

Uses a sociological perspective to examine the history, institutions, and practice of American corrections; specifically, issues of incarceration, probation, prisoner release, and criminal justice are covered. Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Cross listed as CRMJ 270.

SOCI 301 American Society: Class and Culture
Credit Hours:
3

Surveys some of the major theories and scholarly studies on social stratification, national power structure, and corporate culture. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or 216.

SOCI 320 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Credit Hours:
3

Examines the way in which certain groups in society are defined as minorities and subjected to discrimination. The social-psychological, historical, cultural, and sociological sources of prejudice and discrimination are covered as well as the dynamics of change in relations between dominant and minority groups. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

SOCI 321 Social Psychology
Credit Hours:
3

Examines psychological principles and concepts involved in causal attribution, social cognition, attitude formation and change, social influence, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and one additional psychology course. Cross listed as PSYC 321.

SOCI 330 Human Sexuality
Credit Hours:
3

Explores the social influences that impact concepts of sex, sexuality, reproduction and gender. Emphasis is placed on historical, political, global and technological issues. The course also includes fundamental instruction in reproductive anatomy and physiology. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

SOCI 335 Social and Political Philosophy
Credit Hours:
3

Considers theories of the nature and legitimacy of the state and its laws, the rights and responsibilities of citizens and groups, ethics in political decision-making economic justice, punishment, race and gender oppression, the nature and value of political and cultural identity, and the value and meaning of democracy. Cross listed as PHIL 343, POLS 343.

SOCI 342 Gender, Film, and Society
Credit Hours:
3

Applies a sociological lens to gendered aspects of film and their societal correlates. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

SOCI 345 Sociology of the Family
Credit Hours:
3

Examines the various forms and functions of the family in the United States as well as other cultures. The developmental cycle of the family is followed through mate-selection, marriage, parenthood, and old age. Family change is also analyzed by covering such topics as industrialization and sex roles. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

SOCI 350 Social Change in an International Perspective
Credit Hours:
3

Focuses on the international aspects of social change such as the gap between the rich and poor countries, social movements in Third World countries, and the theoretical perspectives that illuminate and explain such change. Case studies are drawn from current events. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or ANTH 201.

SOCI 352 Selected Topics in Sociology
Credit Hours:
3

Presents an opportunity to read and discuss in depth topics not covered or only partially covered in regular courses. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or ANTH 201.

SOCI 360 Social Research Methods
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces the student to the research process through the analysis of research designs and the various methods of collecting data and of drawing inferences from that data. Emphasis is placed on practical experience in developing research skills. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or ANTH 201.

SOCI 369 Peacemaking
Credit Hours:
3

Takes a multidisciplinary approach towards peacemaking. This course moves back and forth between personal applications in one’s daily life on the one hand and more academic applications of the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, history, psychology and criminal justice) and humanities on the other. Emphasis on writing and class discussion.

SOCI 370 Environmental Sociology
Credit Hours:
3

Constructs a framework for the study of how cultures and societies influence and in turn are shaped by the natural environment. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

SOCI 380 Visual Sociology
Credit Hours:
3

Explores documentary filmmaking as a method of sociological research. Documentary filmmaking is of increasing interest to sociologists as an effective form of public sociology, activist sociology and sociology as a form of service learning that involves sociologists and students in community issues.

SOCI 418 Deviance and Crime
Credit Hours:
3

Surveys trends and theories of criminal behavior and crime control. Major emphasis is on the relationship between social and cultural patterns and deviant behavior. Prerequisite: SOCI 101; 216 recommended.

SOCI 422 Sociological Theory
Credit Hours:
3

Offers a descriptive and analytical survey of intellectual traditions and trends in the discipline of sociology from its origin to the present. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

SOCI 490 Round Table
Credit Hours:
1

Encourages free and open conversation between students and faculty on sociological issues and applications. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: 15 hours in sociology/anthropology.

SOCI 495 Senior Studies
Credit Hours:
2

Provides an opportunity for the student to engage in the groundwork for guided independent study on an approved topic. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or Anth 201.

SOCI 496 Senior Studies
Credit Hours:
2

Enables the student to complete a guided independent study on an approved topic. Prerequisite: SOCI 495.

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