Courses

Level I Courses
Level I courses are designed to give students a broad overview of sociology. These courses typically expose the student to many different sociological topics and are taught at the introductory level.

  SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology (3 Cr.)  
The  analysis of the major institutions, structures and processes of American society, as well as an introduction to the basic theoretical
and methodological approaches of the discipline. Normally offered every semester.

SOC 103: The Criminal Justice System (3 Cr.)
A survey of the operations, functions and interactions of the police, the courts and correction agencies; that is,formal organizations of social control. Field trips and observation of selected agencies may be scheduled.

Level II Courses
Level  II  courses focus on  one  broad  sociological topic  and  provide information about  fundamental concepts and  theoretical approaches used within sociology. No prerequisites.

SOC 210: Contemporary Social Problems (3 Cr.)
Sociological perspectives are applied to the identification, explanation, and analysis of social problems in American society and in selected world societies. Course content focuses on: 1) examining the major institutions of society– the family, economy and polity–and how they can perpetuate social problems; and 2) examining inequalities based on class, race, and gender. These topics can include poverty, homelessness, racism, sexism, drug abuse, crime, juvenile delinquency, and violence. May be used to fulfill the Cultural Diversity course component of the General Education Requirements. Normally offered during the summer.
SOC 220: The Family (3 Cr.)

A study of the family as a basic social unit and institution, with emphasis on the various forms and functions of the family. Special consideration is given to modern influences on the interaction and organization of American family life.

SOC 245: Social Psychology (3 Cr.)
The social-psychological study of the ways society influences the behavior of the individual. Course focuses on the theoretical approaches of symbolic interaction, social  exchange, and  dramaturgical analysis. Normally offered during the spring semester.
SOC 260: Deviance (3 Cr.)
An examination of deviant behavior with emphasis upon theories explaining how people become deviants. Surveys the forms of deviance: crime, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, and sexual deviation. Field trips may be scheduled. Normally offered during the fall semester.
SOC 270: Juvenile Delinquency (3 Cr.)
A  criminological  course  that  focuses  specifically  on  crime  committed  by  youth,  typically  early  through  late adolescence.  This  course  explores  the  nature  and  extent  of  delinquency,  theory  and  research,  and  societal responses to delinquency. Normally offered every fall.
SOC 275: Systems of Social Stratification (3 Cr.)
This course examines four social divisions found in the United States and in other postmodern societies. The course will examine: 1) gender identity and behavior, 2) social class, 3) race and ethnicity, and 4) sexuality. May be used to fulfill the Cultural Diversity course component of the General Education Requirements.
SOC 290: Topics in Sociology (3 Cr.)
A survey course focusing on topics from a sociological perspective generally involving the interplay between social structure(s) and social interaction(s). The exact topic of the course may vary each time this course is offered. Topics may include: criminal investigations, sport and society, cyber communities, religion and society, high school culture and education, healthcare and/or organizational behavior. May be repeated for credit if topics are different.

Level III Courses
Level III courses are designed to provide depth of experience and understanding in narrow subject areas.

SOC 310/510: Development of Sociological Theory (3 Cr.)
Study of the historical development of sociological thought and the contributions of major theorists and their understanding of society. Required of all majors and minors. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or consent of the Chair of the Department. Normally offered each fall.
SOC 311/511: Criminological Theory (3 Cr.)
Study of the major sociological theories of crime. Considers how crime is defined and measured, and how society responds to criminal behavior. Required of all sociology majors with the concentration in criminology. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 130 or consent of the instructor. Normally offered each spring.
SOC 320/520: Research Methods in Sociology (3 Cr.)
Study of research methodologies used in both qualitative and quantitative sociological contexts. Skills are taught through small-scale projects whenever possible. Required of all majors and minors. Prerequisites: SOC 110 and one statistics course (PSY 201, STAT 140, 240, or IDS 205), or consent of the Chair of the Department. Normally offered every spring.
SOC 325/525: Urban Sociology (3 Cr.)

An examination of the city as a social system. Emphasis placed upon the historical, demographic, and ecological development  of  urban  areas,  along  with  an  exploration  of  major  problems  confronting  American  cities. Development of urban life style is also examined. Normally offered fall semester of even numbered years.

SOC 326/526: Drugs in Society (3 Cr.)
This course is an introduction to the study of the use and abuse of commonly known drugs from sociological,psychological, and pharmacological perspectives. Included are timely drug topics and issues such as drug testing,decriminalization and legalization, drugs and crime, drug prevention, and the latest data regarding the use and abuse of drugs. Normally offered each spring semester of even number years. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 210 or consent of the instructor.
SOC 330: Points of Intersection: Mexico and the United States (3 Cr.)
Offered only at the Puebla, Mexico, Study Center.
SOC 340/540: Gender (3 Cr.)
An introduction to how society defines and structures gender identity and behavior for males and females. The course focuses on the biological and social constructs of gender and how those are interpreted through history,language, sexuality, race, family structure, dating patterns, religion, and work environments. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 275 or consent of the instructor. Normally offered each spring of odd-numbered years.
SOC 350/550: Police in Society (3 Cr.)

An examination of the history, structure, and behavior of the police in  American society and other  selected countries/societies. Students will learn about the history of American policing, police practices, the relationship of the police system to the constitution and local and national society. Overall emphasis is on the description and analysis of the police as part of a culture's broader system of social control. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 130 or consent of the instructor. Normally offered each spring of even-numbered years.

SOC 360/560: Penology  (3 Cr.)

A  critical  social  scientific  examination  of  prisons,  jails,  community  corrections  and  paroling  authorities  with emphasis on both historical development and current trends. Field trips may be scheduled. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 130 or consent of the instructor. Normally offered each fall of even-numbered years.

SOC 370/570: Sociology of Law (3 Cr.)

The study of the place of law in society, the relationship between law and social change, law and other social institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 130 or consent of the instructor. Normally offered each spring of odd- numbered years.

SOC 386: Internship in Sociology/Criminal Justice/ Anthropology (3 Cr.)

Internships are organized to provide students with some measure of ”hands on’’ experience in  their field of interest. Students are required to develop a contract with both the agency to which they are assigned and a supervising instructor outlining basic expectations. A minimum of 128 internship hours and a biweekly class are required. Students planning an internship in a spring semester must complete an application for  placement with the Internship Coordinator by October 1. Experience and workload vary with both the field of study and the agency assignment. Required of all criminology students, recommended for all others. Prerequisites: Junior standing, consent of the internship coordinator, and SOC 130 for criminology students or SOC 110 for all other sociology majors. Normally offered each spring and second summer session.

SOC 390/590: Issues in Sociology (3 Cr.)

An exploration of some of the issues debated by sociologists today. Issues may include racism, aging in America,class structures in the US, religion and the media, or other current social issues. May be repeated for credit if the issues are different. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 130 or 160 or consent of the instructor.

SOC 391/591: Issues in Criminology (3 Cr.)

An exploration of some issues debated by criminologists today. Issues may include feminist or Marxist criminology,criminal deviance, victimology, and cross-cultural comparative crime. May be repeated for credit if the issues are different. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or 130 or consent of the instructor.

SOC 481: Cooperative Education in Sociology/Criminal Justice/Anthropology I (1-3 Cr.)

Work experience in a cooperating public or private service agency. Written reports required. Prerequisites: Junior standing and approval of the Chair of the Department.

SOC 482: Cooperative Education in Sociology/Criminal Justice/Anthropology II

Continuation of SOC 481. Prerequisites: SOC 481 and approval of the Chair of the Department. May be repeated beyond 483 for additional credit.

SOC 483: Cooperative Education in Sociology/Criminal Justice/Anthropology III (1-3 Cr.)

Continuation of SOC 481. Prerequisites: SOC 481 and approval of the Chair of the Department. May be repeated beyond 483 for additional credit.

SOC 486: Internship in Criminal Justice II (3 Cr.)

Continuation of SOC 386. Prerequisite: SOC 386.

SOC 493: Senior Seminar (3 Cr.)

An integrative reading, discussion, and research course that applies prior sociological knowledge to contemporary concerns and problems. Required of all majors. Prerequisites: SOC 110, 320, and either 310 or 311 or consent of the instructor. Normally offered every fall.

SOC 495: Independent Study in Sociology/ Criminology (1-4 Cr.)

Independent investigation of a specialized topic in sociology. May be taken more than once for credit if the topics are different or if the topics are to be continued.

SOC 497: Honors Work in Sociology (3 Cr.)

See Honors Work, page 63.

SOC 498: Honors Candidacy in Sociology (3 Cr.)

See Honors Work, page 63.