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Following certain course descriptions are the designations: F, Sp, Su. These indicate the semesters fall, spring, summer in which the course is normally offered and are intended as an aid to students planning their programs of study.


Sociology (SOC prefix)

SOC 121 Principles of Sociology (3) An examination of social dynamics and consequences of social life. The main topics are culture, social groups, socialization, deviance, social stratification, race relations, gender, and family. It is required of majors and minors. No prereq. F, Sp, Su

SOC 200 Special Topics in Sociology (3) This course is a means for the study of selected topics of current interest and importance in sociology. These topics will vary in accordance with the interests of students and faculty. Students may repeat the course without limit as the topic changes. Prereq: SOC 121.

SOC 221 Computer Applications in Sociology (3)
(Is no longer offered.)

SOC 225 Criminology (3) A consideration of criminality, its nature and extent, particularly in the United States. Includes analysis of the etiology of criminal behavior, the sociology of criminal law, and societal reaction to criminals. Prereq: SOC 121. F

SOC 231 Social Problems (3) Examination of the nature, extent, causes, and effects of selected contemporary social problems, such as gender, sexual behavior, drugs, environment, economic inequality, racial inequality, crime, and education. Prereq: SOC 121. F, Sp

SOC 235 Juvenile Delinquency (3)  (changed to SOC 335)

SOC 251 Principles of Social Psychology (3) A general consideration of human behavior in social situations with particular emphasis on communication processes, socialization, social roles, social self, and social groupings.

SOC 261 Marriage and Family (3) The course examines research about the family life cycle. The specific areas investigated are sex roles, a history of the American family, dating, sexual behavior, marriage, childbirth, children, the middle-aged, the elderly, divorce, and step-parenting. Prereq: SOC 121.

SOC 335 Juvenile Delinquency (3) An in-dept study examination of juvenile delinquency and its causes, effects, treatment and prevention. Includes analysis of how social institutions influence delinquency, theoretical explanations for delinquency, and the creation and current efforts of the juvenile justice system. Prereq: SOC 121 and Junior standing. Sp

SOC 341 Sociology of Medicine (3) The social organization of medical care. The course considers patterns of morbidity and mortality, social epidemiology of disease, social effects of disease, doctor-patient relationships, cost of medical services, hospitalized patients, modes of medical practice, hospital organization, and programs of medical care. Prereq: SOC 121.

SOC 343 Sociology of Death and Dying (3) The social structures and processes involved with death and dying. The course considers different concepts of death, death as a social disease, the demography of death, the determination of death, the funeral industry, the social psychology of dying, dying patients, and the survivors of death. Prereq: SOC 121.

SOC 345 Simulated Games of Society (3) The study of society through the use of simulated games. The power structure, the social class system, the justice system, sex roles, different cultures, whole societies, ghettos, economic systems, municipal politics, and national political parties are simulated in classroom games to provide the student with experiential knowledge of these processes. Prereq: SOC 121.

SOC 370 Seminar in Sociology (3) An intensive, small-group discussion of recent research on topics of current interest to sociologists. The seminar format will emphasize critical thinking and discussion. Students may take the course more than once as the reading list changes. No prereq. F, Sp, Su

SOC 371 Classical Sociological Theory (3) An examination of 19th and early 20th century developments in sociological theory. Course examines developments in some of the major theoretical traditions. The context and key ideas of each tradition will be considered.  Students will read original texts. Prereq: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor. F

SOC 372 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3) An examination of early 20th century to present developments in sociological theory. Course examines developments in some of the major theoretical traditions. The context and key ideas of each tradition will be considered. Students will read original texts. Prereq: SOC 371.

SOC 375 Social Change (3) An investigation of change in cultural patterns, behavioral relationships, and social structure. Topics comprise social movements, work, urbanization, family, computerization, social organizations and other aspects of American society. Prereq: Soc 121 and junior standing.

SOC 391 Introduction to Social Research (3) An examination of the various methods that sociologists use to conduct research. Course work includes concept formation, sampling, questionnaire construction, content analysis, experiments, and field observations. Students learn how to conceptualize and design their own research project. Prereq: nine hours sociology/criminal justice studies courses, Junior standing. F

SOC 392 Statistics for Social Research (3) An introductory course in descriptive and inferential statistics. Course work includes probability, univariate statistics, bivariate statistics, and statistical modeling using the SPSS computer analysis software package. Students learn how to write research reports using statistical evidence. Prereq: SOC 121, SOC 391, MATH 108 or MATH 111. Sp

SOC 415 Sociology of the Environment (3) A sociological approach to understanding the interaction of society and the natural environment. It focuses on social causes and consequences of environmental problems and mitigating actions taken toward them. It also addresses inequality in the distribution of environmental problems. Several specific cases are studied in detail. Prereq: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 421 Race and Ethnicity (3) A sociological exploration of the origins and influence of race, ethnicity, and cultural/national identity in American and international stratification systems. Prereq: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 424 Population (3) The quantitative and qualitative aspects of population and population trends in significant areas of the world; emphasis is on cultural implications with some attention to population research techniques. Prereq: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 426 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3) An examination of various concepts of deviant behavior, the nature and prevalence of such behavior, and the theories developed to explain deviance. The course emphasizes the relationship of such behavior to social structure and social processes. Prereq: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 431 Gender and Society (3) An exploration of gender patterns. The course focuses on gender differences. It analyzes the causes and the consequences of these differences for social life, including the various social inequalities between males and females that have become institutionalized in American society. Prereq: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor. F, Sp

SOC 441 Social Movements (3) Consideration of social movements as attempts to establish a new order of life. Analyzes states of development from inception to the achievement of full institutionalization. Specific social movements are examined such as the labor movement, the women’s movement, and racial, religious, and political movements. Prereq: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 461 Sociological Issues in Education (3) An examination of current problems and controversies in American education from preschool to college, particularly issues involving quality and equality. The course explores the reciprocal influence between educational institutions and other institutions in American society. No prereq.

SOC 463 Wealth and Poverty (3) An examination of social stratification in U.S. society with comparisons to other countries. The course explores different indicators of inequality, the social class system, theories of inequality, poverty, social mobility, and legitimation of inequality. It also explores racial and gender stratification. Prereq: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 489 Independent Study (1-3) An extensive examination of the main sociological ideas on a specific topic. The major paper is a product of critical reading or advanced research. The course may be taken up to six hours. Prereq: nine hours in sociology and consent of instructor. F, Sp

SOC 499 Internship in Sociology (3) An opportunity for a job-related experience in the area of sociology. Students will be placed in an agency that reflects their future occupational interests. The course may be taken up to six hours. Prereq: nine hours in sociology and consent of instructor. F, Sp