Sociology Courses

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (4)
An introduction to sociology as a behavioral science and way of viewing the world. Students learn basic concepts of sociological investigation and interpretation and critical thinking. They see how individual behavior is shaped by group life and how group life is affected by individuals. They learn to apply a “sociological imagination” to examining social issues. Common sense notions are replaced by a critical analysis of social issues. Prerequisite: freshmen and sophomores or consent. Offered each semester.

SOC 110 Cultural Anthropology (4)
A study of the nature of culture; comparative analysis of social,religious, economic, and political institutions in specific preliterate and modern cultures; and the cultural dimensions of behavior. Offered each fall

SOC 215 Study Away in Sociology (4)
This course explores sociological issues and applications beyond the classroom. Students will travel to places where institutions, individuals, events, and/or policies have influenced the field of sociology or where they are able to see sociological emphases and/or social change being applied in current contexts. Prerequisite: Consent. May be repeated for credit. Offered in summer or winter on demand.

SOC 227 Social Psychology (4)
Explores our development as socialized human beings shaped through our interactions with groups of other people and how the structure and function of both the formal and informal groups that exist in a society are shaped by the personalities of the individuals who comprise their membership. Students discover both academically and experientially the nature of such group-related psychological dynamics as attitude formation, interpersonal attraction, social conflict, and bureaucratic organization. Prerequisite: PSY 102, 201, or SOC 100. Identical to PSY 227. Offered each fall.

SOC 237 Animals and Society (4)
Focusing on human-animal relationships, this course explores the role and impact of animals in human society, and the impact of humans on the lives of animals. Content includes the social construction of animals, human/animal interaction in social institutions, current debates, and the future of human/animal relations. Offered when circumstances permit.

SOC 251 Issues in Sociology (4)
Examines various topics and issues through the lens and methodology of the sociological perspective. Topics may include the sociology of food, aging, gender and sexuality, and adoption and foster care. May be repeated for credit as designated issues change. Offered intermittently.

SOC 270 Social Problems and Social Solutions (4)
A critical investigation of selected current social problems—their issues, causes, development, and alternative solutions. Offered each spring.

SOC 303 Small Groups (4)
An experiential course in which students apply sociological tools and concepts to better understand how groups work, to maximize group dynamics and collective functioning, and to maximize their own performance in small groups. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Offered each fall.

SOC 308 Visual Sociology (4)
A survey of basic concepts in sociology as they are portrayed in selected motion pictures and music videos. Serves as a systematic application of sociological theory and practice. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher; any sociology course would be helpful but not required. Offered each semester.

SOC 311 Family (4) W
Examines the contemporary American family and the history, forms, and functions of families in other times and cultures. Special attention is given to the family as a social institution, its relationship with other institutions, forces of social and cultural change, and the future of the family. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered each fall.

SOC 336 Sociology of Religion (4)
Examines the origin and development of religion as a social institution: theories concerning its nature and function; sociocultural dimensions of religious beliefs, values, and conduct; contemporary denominations, sects, and cults in the United States; the relationship between religion and other social institutions. Identical to RELST 336. Offered intermittently.

SOC 345 Foundations of Sociology (4)
An examination of major theorists and perspectives contributing to the sociological tradition, and of historic and current issues regarding sociology and its relationship to other academic disciplines. Required of all majors. Prerequisite: SOC 100 and junior/senior status or consent. Offered each spring.

SOC 350 Introduction to Social Research (4)
An examination of the logic, the strategies and the methods of sociological inquiry; an analysis of classical and contemporary models of research. A foundation course required for sociology majors. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Identical to CJ 350. Offered each semester.

SOC 351 Medical Sociology (4) (S)
Designed to provide students an introduction to sociological perspectives on the study of health, illness, and health care. Topics include epidemiology, the structures and organization of health care systems and medical encounters, bioethical issues, and current issues shaping the future of health, illness, and health care. Offered intermittently.

SOC 353 Applied Sociology (4)
Focus is on engaging the sociological imagination and the sociological toolkit to address real-life questions and problems. These tools are used to identify, examine, and seek solutions for various social issues. Attention is given to careers in applied sociology. Includes a service-learning component. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Offered each spring.

SOC 360 Nationalist Social Movements (4)
A survey of racial-ethnic and nationalist social movements in the United States, such as the Ku Klux Klan, Nation of Islam, and Civil Rights movements. Addresses the criminogenic and terrorist aspects of these movements, their influence on U.S. culture and politics, and various theoretical approaches to understanding them. Offered when circumstances permit.

SOC 418 Family Violence (4) W
Examines the nature of family violence, risk factors related to violent victimization and perpetration, and outcomes associated with family violence. Further, it explores changes that have taken place in recognizing and responding to family violence situations. It also breaks down myths and examines family violence in special populations. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior or senior status or consent. Identical to CJ 418. Offered when circumstances permit.

SOC 460 Readings in Sociology (2-4)
Students select a topic concerning sociological theory or research, survey the relevant literature, and discuss their findings with their major professor. (Two or four semester hours depending on the scope of the project.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: prior consent of the project advisor. Offered each semester.

SOC 480Senior Research Project (4)W
Students conduct a sociological research project of their own design, present the results in appropriate written form, and defend the effort in an oral examination. Research problems may focus on theoretical or empirical topics. Relevant methods may range from bibliographic search to field observation. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, SOC/CJ 350, and junior/senior status. Identical to CJ 480. Offered each spring.

SOC 483 Internship Preparation Course (2)
Designed for students intending to participate in an internship for sociology or criminal justice credit. The process of selecting an internship site, completing applications and forms, and understanding the requirements set forth by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice can be overwhelming. Lectures and scenario training provide students with practical information that should be beneficial to students who desire an internship in sociology or criminal justice. Prerequisite: consent of internship director. Offered each fall.

SOC 484 Internship in Criminal Justice and Sociology (8)
Practiced, supervised experience in direct student learning in applied social settings. Students learn how acquired knowledge and research writing skills can be applied to the workplace. Practical and applied learning through student performance in the applied setting gives the student a “competitive edge” for future community/workplace contribution. Prerequisites: 18 hours of sociology or criminal justice and CJ 483 or SOC 483. Students must contact the department faculty to review full eligibility for this course. Identical to CJ 484. Offered each spring and summer.

SOC 488 Capstone in Sociology/Criminal Justice
By exploring a client-posed problem, students will synthesize and apply their previous work in the major to address a “real world” problem faced by an agency or organization. This course is designed to emphasize applied learning. This course is identical to CJ-488. Prerequisite(s): SOC 345 or CJ 301, SOC or CJ 350, and senior status, or consent. Offered in fall and spring semesters.