• Courses

    Introduction to Marriage and Family 1300
    Fall, Spring
    A practical course designed to provide guidance for marriage and family life. Consideration is given to the cultural, biological, psychological, religious, and economic foundations for marriage and family. Some of the topics that will be explored include mate selection, sexuality, marriage, child-rearing, family finances, family conflict, and divorce.

    Introduction to Sociology 1301
    Fall, Spring
    An introduction to the field; a survey of society. in which social institutions, social processes, and patterns of social interaction are studied and related to contemporary life.

    Special Topics 2099 (1-4 hours credit)
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor.
    Study of special interest topics not found elsewhere in the department listing. May be repeated for additional credit when the topic varies.

    Social Problems 2302
    Fall
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor
    A survey of selected social problems in modern society from the point of view of their causes and constructive methods of treatment and prevention.

    Special Topics 3099 (1-4 hours credit)
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor.
    Study of special interest topics not found elsewhere in the department listing. May be repeated for additional credit when the topic varies.

    Directed Studies 3301, 4301
    An opportunity for a student to investigate an area of special interest on a basis outside the normal setting of a classroom.

    Cultural Diversity 3303
    Fall (odd years)
    A practical course designed primarily for non-majors and minors who are interested in learning more about various social groups in American society; examples are: racial, ethnic, gender, religious, physically challenged, and other groups that are represented on campus and in the workplace.

    Statistical Methods 3312 (See also MATH 3312)
    Spring, Summer
    Prerequisite: MATH 1320 for MATH 3312; MATH 1310 for biology, counseling and human development, psychology, or sociology credit.
    Descriptive and inferential statistics for students in education, social science, and natural science as well as in mathematics. Topics to be discussed will include measures of central tendencies, probability, estimations and predictions, variance and correlation. May be counted toward a mathematics major or minor only by students seeking teacher certification in mathematics or by students who are minoring in mathematics on the BBS degree. This course does not fulfill the foundational curriculum mathematics requirement. Students must have a TI-30 (or equivalent) calculator.

    Sociology of Sport 3320
    Spring (even years)
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor.
    Study of the structural and cultural relationship of sport to society. Consideration will be given to the historical development of sports in the U.S., with a special emphasis on the importance of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class as they relate to sports. Current issues and problems will be addressed.

    Urban Sociology 3331
    Spring
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor
    A study of the structure, nature and functions of urban society. Consideration is given to the problems of location and development of cities.

    Social Psychology 3340 (See also PSYC 3340)
    Fall
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301
    Study of objective factors, which integrate personality and response in a social environment.

    Sociology of Religion 3360
    Fall
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor
    Study of the sociological approaches to religious phenomena and the reciprocal influence of society and religion on each other. Emphasis will be placed on the contemporary American urban church.

    Social Research Methods 3380 (See also SCWK 3380)
    Spring
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.
    Introduction to the methods of scientific inquiry and their relevance to the social sciences. Topics include research design, problem formulation, measurement, data analysis, and ethics in research. Fundamentals of analyzing research reports will be emphasized.

    Special Topics 4099 (1-4 hours credit)
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 and three advanced hours or consent of instructor.
    Study of special interest topics not found elsewhere in the department listing. May be repeated for additional credit when the topic varies.

    Violence and Victimology 4312 (See also CRIJ 4312)
    Fall (even years)
    Prerequisite: CRIJ 1301 or SOCI 1301
    A study of violent behavior and the role of victimology in the criminal justice system. Sociological and psychological perspectives help to create a coherent approach relating to violent crime (domestic abuse, sexual assault, child maltreatment, elder abuse, robbery and homicide), patterns of violent offending, and the demographics of victimization as well as victim-offender relationships. This course also focuses on the ways in which violence is defined and techniques used to confront offenders of violent behavior within the criminal justice system. Elective.

    The Family and Postmodern Film 4320
    May term
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301
    This class examines how the American family has been portrayed in American films during the transition from a modern to a postmodern society. Family theories will be the basis of analysis as we observe family structure, gender roles, sexual behavior, issues of race/ethnicity, social class, family values, family crisis, and family violence as portrayed in these films.

    Christian Ethics and Contemporary Issues 4334 (See also THEO 4356)
    Study of the nature and scope of morality and moral responsibility from the perspective of the Christian faith with an emphasis upon the applicability of Christian ethics to the issues and problems of modern society and to the determination of morally responsible approaches to those issues and problems.

    Sociology of Marriage and Family 4340
    Spring (odd years)
    Prerequisite: six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.
    The family as a social institution and a cultural universal is studied in depth in the light of changing family patterns. Special consideration will be given to the structural and cultural underpinnings of both contemporary American families and families around the world.

    Crime and Delinquency 4351 (See also CRIJ 4351.)
    Spring
    Prerequisite: six hours of sociology or criminal justice or consent of instructor.
    Study of the nature of crime and crime causation. Effects of crime on the social order and social institutions. Focus is on criminal behavior: its causes, treatment, and prevention. Participation in field trips to correctional facilities is required.

    Race, Class, and Gender 4353
    Fall (even years)
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor
    The primary purpose of this course is to study how the intersections of race, class, and gender shape American society. The course begins with an examination of race, class, and gender as sociological concepts, with the purpose of using this framework to analyze and interpret contemporary issues and social problems. At the same time, the course introduces students to the experiences of diverse groups in the United States and shows how race, class, and gender together shape these experiences.

    Health Care Issues in Society 4360 (See also SCWK 4360)
    Spring (even years)
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor.
    General study of issues related to health care. Attention is given to analyzing major health policy issues, adaptation of social work theory to health care settings, with emphasis on principles and skills used in the helping process. Particular focus will be on understanding psychosocial and cultural dimensions of the patient role emphasizing the impact of illness on individual/family system.

    Aging in Society 4370 (See also SCWK 4370)
    Spring (odd years)
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor.
    A survey of the various social issues facing aging people. Special attention will be given to how social work and social welfare provide services to this population group. Specific issues covered will include health, abuse, income security, and day care, as well as current sociological research on aging.

    Sociological Theory 4380
    Spring (odd years).
    Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or consent of instructor.
    A survey of classical and contemporary sociological theories. The objective of this course is to enhance theoretical and critical thinking, especially as it applies to understanding a wide range of social issues.

    Internship 4381
    Internships are open to sociology majors with junior standing and a GPA of 2.5 or above. They are intended to give students practical and sociologically relevant work experience, allowing them to try out a field in which they might wish to work upon graduation. Internships require a minimum of 100 hours of work with an organization or business approved by the student’s advisor.

    Senior Seminar in Sociology 4390
    Spring
    Prerequisites: SOCI 1301, SOCI 2302, SOCI 3312, SOCI 3380 and SOCI 4380.
    This capstone course ties together the various components in the Sociology Major and prepares graduates for work or graduate school. Students will develop a project that demonstrates their grasp of sociological concepts, theories and methods. This seminar should be taken after students have completed 24 hours of sociology.

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