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Sociology (SOC)




101 Introduction to Sociology
3 credit hours

Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

A basic course in sociology. Overview of principles of sociology using empirical knowledge and the application of the scientific method. Review of basic principles of social interaction, social roles, organization, processes, stratification, social change, group dynamics, and valuation.

102 Introduction to Anthropology
3 credit hours

Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

Review of basic principles of anthropology, with special consideration given to the application of social laws and principles as they have affected the development of different cultures. Selected representative cultures are studied with a view to analyzing and contrasting their differences. An examination of the dynamics of simple and complex cultures.

Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or consent of instructor.

104 Interdisciplinary Studies In Human Society
3 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

An introductory course which examines human society from an interdisciplinary and experiential perspective, utilizing concepts from psychology, sociology, social work, human services, criminal justice, and political science. It is intended for students interested in pursuing further studies in the social and behavioral science disciplines. Topics include: personal self-assessment, human relationships, group interaction, cultural diversity, value clarification, workforce trends, and historical and contemporary forces that shape human society. Basic interpersonal teamwork skills are studied and practiced and opportunities for workplace observation provided.

203 Social Problems
3 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

The analysis of problems growing out of group conflicts, population growth and distribution, ecological structure, the impact of changing technologies, and the impact of these matters on social and cultural patterns. Emphasis is placed upon possible solutions.

Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or consent of instructor.

205 Marriage and the Family
3 credit hours

Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

The family as a biological, psychological, and cultural unit. A review of the problems associated with courtship and marriage, the changing function of the parent-child relationship, divorce, and second marriage. Family interaction, adjustment, and stability, with emphasis on the contemporary and historical setting.

Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or consent of the instructor.

207 The Sociology of Gender Roles
3 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

This course explores sex-roles from a sociological perspective in order to improve our awareness and understanding of this important area of human existence. It will examine such topics as the origins of sex-roles, male and female scripts, romantic love, socialization of males and females, social class and role expectations, and other related topics.

Prerequisite: Sociology 101.

211 Introduction to Gerontology
3 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

A general course, which provides an overall perspective of the field of gerontology. In addition to examining population trends and demographic information, the course examines the process of aging from psychological and sociological points of view. A first course in the study of the elderly in our social system.

215 Crime and Delinquency
3 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

An introduction to the sociology of criminal and delinquent behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the theories of the causes of such behavior, the legal differences between them, and the responses of the criminal justice system to them.

Prerequisite: Sociology 101.

250 Introduction to Social Work
3 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

A study of the history, philosophy, objectives, and social work methods in the United States. A beginning study of social welfare and social work policy and services, and the activities and perceptions of social workers and others in the human services. This is the first course in social work, which is intended as an introduction to the field. The role of the social work professional in the development and delivery of services, and the structure of the personal social services in the community will be examined.

298 Special Topics in Sociology
3 credit hours

This course is designed to address a range of topics and emerging issues within the field of Sociology. This course will cover topics beyond the scope of those already offered in other Sociology courses. The format of the courses offered will vary depending on the course content. This course is repeatable for up to 6 credits.

Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or consent of instructor.