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Sociology Courses

SOC101 INTRO SOC SOCIETY DIV

Introduction to the discipline of sociology. Reviews basic sociological concepts, theories and research methods. Shows the relationship to other social sciences and provides an overview of specific content areas in sociology with a focus on structural and cultural influences on behavior. Course will define diversity, discuss its functional and dysfunctional consequences and analyze its relationship to social structure and culture. 

SOC 220 SOCIAL STRATIFICAT

Examines the attributes by which individuals are hierarchically ranked (stratified) in society, the extent to which these rankings inhibit or promote opportunity for success in life and the degree to which movement between these social strata is possible. Emphasis is on using current empirical data to describe and explain the role of gender, race and class in the stratification of American society. Basis and extent of stratification in other developed and less-developed countries also explored. Prerequisite: SOC101. 

SOC241–02 SOC241–01 CONTEMP SOC PROBLEM 

Explores the structural roots of major social problems from a sociological perspective. Examples of problems addressed include racism, sexism, poverty, crime and threats to the environment. 

SOC245–01 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

Explores the history of delinquent behavior among juveniles through a socio-historical and structural perspective. The social context within which juveniles behave and society's response to this behavior-particularly the implementation and evolution of the juvenile justice system-is critically analyzed. Prerequisite: SOC101. 

SOC351–01 RACE RELATIONS 

Studies sociological principles underlying race relations with emphasis on black-white relations in the United States. The concepts of race and patterns of interaction between racially and culturally diverse groups will also be highlighted. Prerequisite: SOC101. 

SOC354–01 SOC MOVE SOC CHANGE 

Studies the nature of collective action and protest as catalysts for social change. Explores causes, tactics and achievements of specific social movements. Class will complete an active learning project on mobilizing for social change. Prerequisite: SOC101. 

 

SOC363–01 POPULATION PROBLEMS 

Introduces basic demographic methods and theories to study the social causes and consequences of population size, composition and distribution. Special attention given to impact of population change on resources, the environment, public policy and personal lifestyles now and in the future. Prerequisite: SOC101. 

SOC365–01 ELITES IN SOCIETY 

Concerned with how social, economic and political elites acquire, exercise and maintain power in American society. Emphasis is on the composition, cohesion, organization and homogeneity of elites. In addition, class, education, lifestyle, political activity and deviance of elites will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC101. 

SOC371–01 SOC DYNAMICS AGING 

Oriented to those periods or stages of life generally designated as middle-age or elderly. Course will examine the dynamics of social organization and aging social groups and possible effects on social interaction and social behavior. Various topics may be considered such as socialization, self concept and life changes, attitude development and changes, social role development and changes, reference group behavior and collective behavior. Additionally, the course will examine a few issues in depth, regarding aging and some or all of the concepts mentioned above. Prerequisite: SOC101. 

SOC385–01 INTRO SOC RESEARCH 

Deals with the philosophy and methods of science as they apply to sociology. Primary emphasis is on data analysis using computer technology. Students will construct composite measures, manage data and test hypotheses. Prerequisites: SOC101 and MAT170. Course restricted to sociology majors and minors. Other students admitted by permission of the instructor. 

SOC386–01 DATA COLLECT ANALY 

Provides students with extensive computer analysis skills and questionnaire design experience that is expected of sociologists. Design of questionnaires, sampling techniques and ethical concerns are covered as well as computer-based techniques for data entry, data management and statistical analysis. Prerequisite: SOC385. 

SOC415–01 SENIOR SEMINAR 

Capstone course is required for sociology majors in their senior year. Students will review basic sociological concepts, explore career options, study current primary research, read and discuss works of contemporary social theory and apply a sociological perspective in a final paper. Evaluation includes a concepts examination, several group projects, an oral report, a written career plan and a final comprehensive essay. Prerequisite: SOC101 and senior status. 

SOC450–01 CLASSICAL SOC THEORY 

Provides a critical and comparative study of the development of sociology, giving historical backgrounds and presenting recent theories of society. Prerequisite: SOC101. 

SOC550–01 LDRSHP THRY & PRAC 

Overview of theories of leadership historical and contemporary. Emphasis will be on application of theories in pragmatic situations to promote system goals. Understanding of variations in effective leadership models across diverse cultures and subcultures is discussed. 

SOC570–01 APPL ORG LDRSHP ANAL 

Part of capstone experience that will prepare students to conduct an organizational and leadership analysis during their concurrent internship experience. Students will develop a design for their analysis, present and discuss their designs with other students, meet during their internship to discuss their progress, and present their conclusions.