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SOC-100: Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

An introduction to the study of human society by using basic sociological concepts.



SOC-200: Introduction to Anthropology (3 hours)

Study of the concepts of human culture, from fossil and prehistoric man to his present position in the animal kingdom. The course emphasizes a study of prehistoric humans and contemporary primitive cultures.



SOC-220: Social Problems (3 hours)

An intensive study of selected major current social problems.



SOC-360: Community Sociology (3 hours)

A study of the forces and agencies which determine the nature of the organization of the community. Investigations into local community problems may be used to implement the understanding of the community. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.



SOC-410: Sociology of Sport (3 hours)

Critical investigation of the origins of sport and the role sport plays in society; links between sport, the economy and media; pros and cons of collegiate and youth sports; Title IX; and screening for performance-enhancing substance use. May be taken for honors. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor.



SOC-440: Personality and Social Structure (3 hours)

Examination of the links between culture, social structure, and personality. Major concerns include the influence upon perception, motivation, cognition, socialization, personality development, attitudes, role behavior, language, communications and collective behavior. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-443: Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hours)

Comparative examination of racial and ethnic groups, with special attention given to the concept of race; the nature and causes of racial-ethnic inequalities; prejudice and discrimination, and racially motivated violence. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-495: Individual Study in Sociology (____) (1-3 hour)

Intensive investigation of selected topics in sociology. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



SOC-504: Special Studies in Sociology (____) (3 hours)

Intensive examination and analyses of selected topics in sociology. May be repeated when subject matter is different. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor.



SOC-512: Social Stratification (3 hours)

A study of the factors which account for differences in influence, power, and social prestige held by different individuals and groups in the community and the society. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-527: Correctional Systems (3 hours)

A critical examination of existing and alternative systems for the control and rehabilitation of persons processed by the juvenile and criminal courts. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-534: Political Sociology (3 hours)

Analysis of political institutions and movements by using concepts such as legitimacy, power, authority, elites, oligarchy, and authoritarianism. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-536: The Family and Society (3 hours)

The family as a dynamic social institution studied from the viewpoint of the way it affects and is affected by economic, social, and cultural forces in society. May be taken for honors.



SOC-547: Criminology (3 hours)

Analysis of the social phenomenon of crime, examining the definition, causation, incidence, social control and treatment of criminal behavior in human society, with special emphasis on contemporary issues in criminology. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-548: Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)

Examination of current knowledge about causation, prevention and effective treatment of juvenile delinquency. Includes evaluation of contemporary prevention and control systems, including juvenile courts, diversion programs, institutional care and community based treatment methods. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-549: Social Deviance (3 hours)

Theoretical and empirical examination of deviance and the consequences for the individual, community and society and agents of social control. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology. May be taken for honors.



SOC-569: Society and Sexuality (3 hours)

Intensive examination of human sexual behavior with special attention to its socio-cultural construction. Topics include sexual values, definitions of eroticism, the commercialization of sex, and sexual politics and violence. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-584: Medical Sociology (3 hours)

Introduction to medical sociology providing an examination of the social aspects of the medical service delivery systems. The effects of norms, values and roles of medical professionals and their clients on the treatment of problems of mental and physical illness. May be taken for honors.



SOC-603: Senior Honors Project 1 (3 hours)

The Senior Honors Project is an optional way to earn Departmental Academic Honors for students who are members of the Honors College. The course is a two semester sequence where the student undertakes a year-long research project or creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty member to expand their knowledge in an area integral to their academic growth and development. The Senior Honors Project 1 is the first course in the sequence and will focus on the fundamental development of the project and preliminary scope of work to be completed. Students will receive a grade of A, B, IP (in progress) or NC (no credit) for each enrollment of the Senior Honors Project. A grade of NC voids the process and the student must then complete their Departmental Academic Honors in the traditional way.



SOC-604: Senior Honors Project 2 (3 hours)

The Senior Honors Project is an optional way to earn Departmental Academic Honors for students who are members of the Honors College. The course is a two semester sequence where the student undertakes a year-long research project or creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty member to expand their knowledge in an area integral to their academic growth and development. The Senior Honors Project 2 is the culmination of the project started in Senior Honors Project 1 and will result in a public presentation of the work. Students must earn a grade of A or B to receive credit for this course. Failure to complete the course with a grade of A or B will void this option and students will have to satisfy their Departmental Academic Honors requirement in the traditional way. There will be no IP (in progress) or IN (incomplete) grades for this course. Projects must be done by the end of the spring term to count towards Departmental Academic Honors requirements. Prerequisite: Senior Honors Project 1.



SOC-663: Women, Men and Society (3 hours)

An intensive examination of gender differences; the meaning of masculinity and femininity; the relationship between men and women; and the nature and causes of gender inequality. May be taken for honors.



SOC-675: Sociological Theory (3 hours)

Major schools of sociological theory and their origins, theorists, and theoretical controversies in Sociology, with attention to problems of theory construction and the relationship between theory and research. Prerequisite: Nine hours of Sociology or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SOC-676: Global Sociology (3 hours)

Comparative analysis of the Global Political Economy and the effects of globalization. Includes economic, political, and cultural analysis of ethnicity and social and economic development. May be taken for honors. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor.



SOC-681: Practicum in Sociology (1-6 hour)

Field experience in the application of the theory and methodology of sociology to specific problem areas specifically designed for those interested in working in corrections, probation and parole, law enforcement, child protection, gerontology and other related areas. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



SOC-691: Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 hours)

Research to integrate and assess knowledge gained through the study of sociology. Involves design and execution of a social research project and communicating the process and outcomes to sociologists and others. Prerequisites: Senior standing and completion of SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, SOC 387 Social Research Design, SOC 675 Sociological Theory. Spring Semester.



SOC-794: Special Topics in Sociology (____) (1-3 hour)

An intensive examination and analysis of selected sociological topics. May be repeated when subject matter is different. Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or permission of instructor.



SOC-895: Readings in Sociology (____) (1-3 hour)

Intensive individual readings in selected topics in sociology. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.


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