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SOC 100 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of sociology and application to specific areas of sociology such as the scientific method, culture and society, and socialization. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall and spring semesters.

SOC 201 GENDER ROLES IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

An introduction to the roles, functions, and emerging consciousness of women in American society; historical, psychological, and sociological background. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOC 100. Offered as needed.

SOC 240 FAMILY IN SOCIETY

The main trends of theoretical and practical analysis of the family: its history, life cycle, and various aspects and elements, including the use of real-life family interviews. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOC 100. Offered fall semester in odd numbered years; offered fall semester in even numbered years.

SOC 280 VIOLENCE AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN AMERICA

An examination of violence and civil disobedience as important elements in the historical development of the nation. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOC 100. Offered as needed.

SOC 281 MULTI CULTURAL DIVERSITY

This course is intended for Criminal Justice and other majors that are committed to societal service. It is designed to prepare students to effectively interact and understand a variety of diverse people within mainstream society. The course will offer students opportunities to engage in different experiences related to multicultural and diverse populations through in-depth study and practical research based applications along with service learning opportunities. Students will acquire a more integrated approach and knowledge of diverse groups through greater interaction and discussion of contemporary issues confronting diversity within society. Attention will be placed on students becoming better consumers of information from and about people of diverse populations through sensitivity workshops and training which are intended to positively affect their personal and professional attitudes and behaviors within their respective career fields. Skill application will be stressed through realistic practice exercises. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall semester. Please note: SOC 281 has been identified as a U course in the EQUIP curriculum sequence. This course is designed to help students understand their academic discipline within the context of the broader community, region, and the world.  SOC 281 considers the potential of the discipline and its methodology to contribute to a civic and sustainable future.”

SOC 298 SPECIAL TOPIC IN SOCIOLOGY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

SOC 301 Sports in society

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of sport as it relates to the larger society such as economics, politics, race relations and gender roles. Students will explore societal trends related to sport, youth development and social responsibility. Socio-cultural dimensions of sport will also be reviewed. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or junior standing. Offered spring semester; offered spring semester in odd numbered years.

SOC 311 A Lifespan View of Family Violence

This course is an introduction to the study of family violence.  It is intended for Criminal Justice and other majors that are committed to societal service.  It provides essential information about the causes, consequences, and contextual factors associated with family violence.  Additionally, attention will be given to the multiple intervention systems that seek to prevent family violence and offer treatment when it occurs.  The course will apply life-span and multi-disciplinary perspectives to the subject and emphasize community based solutions. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and SOC 100.

SOC 315 WOMEN’S STUDIES

A study of the roles, functions and status of women in society; their evolving participation in education, politics, business as well as their changing roles in the family. The history of women’s roles in society will be explored, resulting in a better understanding of recent developments and continued issues involving women. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOC 100. Offered spring semester in even numbered years.

SOC 398 SPECIAL TOPIC IN SOCIOLOGY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

SOC 401 SOCIAL PROBLEMS

An examination and study of current social problems including racism, poverty, sexism, population, etc. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOC 100 and junior standing. Offered fall semester in odd numbered years.

SOC 402 GLOBAL SOCIAL PROBLEMS

With an increasingly interconnected world due to globalization, social problems in the United States such as poverty, the environment, crime, gender inequality and drugs are best understood by viewing them from the prism of a global perspective or; given the growing interdependence of nation states, social problems such as overpopulation can be best understood by looking at the global dimensions of the problem. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or junior standing or permission of the instructor.

SOC 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.