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Offered by Department of Sociology, Geography and Earth Science
College of Natural and Social Sciences

SOC 100GS - Introduction to Sociology - 3 hours
Prereq: none
The development of social systems, group formations and types of social organizations, and the nature of cultural and subcultural variations.
SOC 100HGS - Introduction to Sociology - 3 hours
Prereq: none
This course explores the development of social systems, group formations and types of social organizations, and the nature of cultural and subcultural variations.
SOC 124GS - Social Problems - 3 hours
Prereq: none
An overview of issues confronting American society that have possible adverse social consequences. Students select a broad cross section of social problems for study and discussion. A theoretical approach/background is offered as a basis for examination of the problems chosen.
SOC 201 - Social Stratification - 3 hours
Prereq: none
An examination of the American social class system and its impact on the lives of the members of society. Theories of the development of social classes are offered as a basis for class discussions. Alternative social class systems are examined along with the American system. The course concentrates on power relationships, ownership of assets, and the impact of class membership on values, beliefs, attitudes, life styles and life chances.
SOC 225 - Community and Human Diversity - 3 hours
Prereq: none
This course acquaints the student with a broad range of cultural, racial, and social groups which are recognized as different by the community. It focuses on the causes of the differential treatment, the problems created for these groups and the community, and suggests some solutions that practicing social workers and human service professionals will find useful in dealing with these groups.
SOC 237 - Sociological Inquiry - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Systematic treatment of the design and conduct of social research and of the logical foundations of empirical research. Includes guided practice in the collection and analysis of data and an individual experience in the formulation and design of a research project. (Offered in the Fall semester.)
SOC 250GS - Anthropology - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Reviews the physical evolution of humans and the origins of culture. The concepts of culture and cross-cultural comparison are utilized to understand the various ways of life humans have created throughout history.
SOC 275 - Social Psychology - 3 hours
Prereq: none
Group influences on individual behavior, including role theory, socialization, personality development, and attitude change.
SOC 300 - Sociological Theory - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or a 200 level SOC course or permission
This course develops analytical approaches to the examination and use of sociological theory in social systems. Basic comprehension of the various paradigms and schools of thought are examined as well as critiques using classical, contemporary, and emerging theoretical writings. Evaluation of the application of social theories is also attempted. (Offered in the Fall semester.)
SOC 305 - Professional Seminar - 1 hour
Prereq: SOC 100GS, declared Sociology major
Topics in preparing and planning for a career in sociology are discussed. Students will be directed toward Internet, publication, and human resources in preparing for their careers. In order to obtain advice from many sources topics will be covered by different faculty.
SOC 325 - Sociology of Human Settlements - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 225 or permission
This course focuses on the comparative study of institutions and organizations in rural and urban human settlements. This course extends basic concepts introduced in SOC 225. The course examines the relationships of organizations operating in human settlements and the outcomes of those actions in terms of the human needs and the settlement itself. Included in the analysis of settlements is the early development of societies, the urbanization and industrialization process and the role of human settlements in that evolutionary process, population dynamics, the use of social power in the competitive activities of socio-economic development, social and cultural change processes, and attempts to implement a quality of life in human settlements.
SOC 335 - The Aged in American Society - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 250GS or permission
This course examines the contributions of sociological theory to gerontology, including such major perspectives as structural functionalism and conflict. Material presented will create an awareness of the influences of older people. Topics to be covered include: Socialization for the role of aged persons, social experiences of the elderly, political and social participation of the elderly, and economic status of the elderly.
SOC 349 - Sociology of Work and Occupations - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or permission of instructor
An understanding of the present design of the American labor process will be achieved through a socio-historical analysis of the workplace. By placing work in its social context, we can better understand the gender and ethnic dynamics within the workplace. Such programs as employee involvement will be analyzed within a social context.
SOC 360 - Criminology - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 124GS or SOC 250GS or permission
The nature of crime; its types, distribution and trends. Theories of causation. Analysis of law enforcement, law and the courts, treatment modalities, and post-release situation of ex-offenders.
SOC 363 - Juvenile Delinquency - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 124GS or SOC 250GS or permission
Examines types, distribution and trends of delinquent conduct. Theories of causation; public reaction to delinquency. Detection and referral; the juvenile court; personnel, processing and disposition; treatment and aftercare.
SOC 369 - Sociology of Women - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 250GS or permission
A course designed to increase knowledge regarding the initial development of sex-roles, socialization for behavior that is "appropriate" to gender, and the satisfaction of personal needs through interaction with societal groups. The intention is to raise student consciousness of expanding options for future family life, occupational choices and social relationships.
SOC 370 - Sociological Research - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 237* or permission of the instructor
A sociological research project will be undertaken by the class in order to master the basic components of research. The project will be defined at the beginning of the semester and may have components of quantitative and/or qualitative methods.
SOC 420/820P - Race and Minority Relations - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 250GS or permission
Examines the history and status of minority groups in society, the relationship between minority groups and the dominant group, focuses on the causes of intergroup conflict and suggests solutions to intergroup problems.
SOC 430/830P - Family Life and Functions - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 250GS or permission
A sociological analysis of the family as a social unit. Topics focus on historical changes, cultural patterns, social class influences, group processes, institutional aspects, contemporary social changes and the future of the family. The evolving role of women will be examined for its impact on the family.
SOC 438 - Feminist Research Methods - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 237* or permission of instructor
Feminist research methods have had two impacts on social science research. Feminists have made the social researchers aware that historically they have systematically underscored women as objects of social research which has resulted in sexist research practice and a knowledge base which downplays the experience of women. Secondly, feminist social scientists have offered an alternative methodology which provides new solutions to old methodological problems. This course is designed for you to acquire the skills and knowledge to identify sex bias in research. You will also have the opportunity to design a research project which utilizes feminist methods.
SOC 442/842P - Sociology of Religion - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 250GS or permission
Examines religion as a social phenomenon and attempts to relate it to other aspects of human social life. Topics considered include the dilemmas of belief and institutionalization, religious movements, religion and change, secularization, and the future of religion.
SOC 461/861P - Deviance and Social Control - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 250GS or permission
The philosophical assumptions embedded in the theories of deviance are examined and applied in the critical reading of deviance texts. A basic question explored is who and what is defined as deviant by each of the sociological perspectives. Through this examination we will investigate who controls social behavior and the basis of control contained within the theories.
SOC 462/862P - Sociology of Health and Illness - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or SOC 250GS or permission
This course provides an introduction to the field of medical sociology with attention to physical as well as mental illnesses. The emphasis will be upon the influence of social factors in becoming ill and social factors which influence treatment. Topics to be covered will include: Social epidemiology, health and illness behavior, the health professions, health care institutions, and alternative systems of health service.
SOC 468 - Senior Seminar - 3 hours
Prereq: 18 hours completed SOC coursework
Seminar serves as a capstone for the general degree option in sociology. The philosophical underpinnings of the basic issues in sociology will be examined. Students come to see how the pieces of sociology form a cogent whole.
SOC 475 - Internship - 1-6 hours
Prereq: Twelve hours of sociology or permission of instructor
This course is designed to give the student experience in a work situation within his/her area of specialization and interest.
SOC 488 - Research Seminar in Sociology - 3 hours
Prereq: SOC 237* or permission
Group investigations of sociological problems.
SOC 490 - Directed Research - 1-3 hours
Prereq: SOC 237* or permission
Independent original research under the direction of a Sociology faculty member. Permission and a contract specifying topic and requirements are necessary before enrollment for the course.
SOC 495 - Special Topics - 1-3 hours
Prereq: SOC 100GS or permission of instructor
Special topics of current research by Sociology faculty actively involved in research projects.
SOC 499 - Directed Readings - 1-3 hours
Prereq: SOC 300* or two 300-400 level Sociology courses, permission of instructor
Independent readings on advanced or contemporary sociological topics, to be selected in consultation with and directed by a Sociology faculty member. A contract specifying readings and requirements for the course is necessary before enrollment for the course.

* This course is the immediate prerequisite. Other preparation is required prior to this immediate prerequisite.

11 May 2006