Academics

Course Descriptions

SOC 101. Introduction to Sociology. (3)

An introduction to the study of society and the social forces and patterns of human interaction that shape the world around us.  Required for sociology majors. Sociology 101 partially satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Social Sciences, Area E-2. Offered every semester.

SOC 102. Social Problems. (3)

An analysis of contemporary American and world social issues focusing on underlying causes and strategies for change; examples include problems of deviance, inequality, substance abuse, discrimination, international tensions, war, and injustice. Sociology 102 partially satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Social Sciences, Area E-2. Offered every semester.

SOC 208. Social Stratification. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101.

Examination of the social, political, and economic consequences of institutionalized inequality in the United States. Focuses on the nature of class, status, and power. Required for sociology majors and minors. Offered fall semester.

SOC 217. Family and Society. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.

Analysis of the social relationships among people in courtship, marriage, and family situations, interrelations between the family and other parts of the social system.  Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

 

SOC 228. Political Sociology. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.

Analysis of the part power plays in structuring societies and social relationships. Discussions of political, economic, and social power focusing on the underlying and hidden structure of power in society.  Accepted as credit for a political science major. Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.

SOC 236. Social Psychology. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or PSY 120.

A study of the characteristics of the individual in relation to social groups, focusing on interpersonal attraction, aggression, conformity, attitude formation and change, socialization, and small group dynamics. SOC 236 and PSY 236 are cross-listed. Students may receive credit for one, but not both courses. SOC236 and PSY 236 can be counted for the Sociology or the Psychology major, but not for both. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

SOC 246. Criminology. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.

Analysis of criminal behavior—the social definition of crime and the criminal, incidence and trends in crime, theories and explanations of crime.  Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

SOC 301. Social Theory. (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 101 and one 200 level sociology course or higher.

A study of the work of major sociological theorists with special attention to the social and intellectual contexts within which the theories have been produced.  Required for sociology majors; intended for junior sociology majors. Offered fall semester.

SOC 302. Social Research. (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 101, SSC 230, or permission of instructor.

The major issues and strategies involved in conducting scientific inquiry in the social sciences. Attention to research design, sampling, causal influence, data collection techniques, and data analysis. Required for sociology majors; intended for junior sociology majors. Offered spring semester.

SOC 308. Racial and Ethnic Groups. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.

Selected racial, religious, and ethnic minorities and their relationships to the dominant majority. Roots of prejudice and discrimination, the ideology of cultural pluralism, and programs for change.  Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.

SOC 310. Applied Sociology. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.

This course provides a practical view of the discipline of sociology. The students will use their analytical skills to explain various social issues using contemporary and historical data. Academic and nonacademic careers in sociology will be explored. Intended for juniors and seniors in the Sociology department. Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.

SOC 317. Sociology of Gender. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or 102.

Historical, cross cultural and social science perspectives on the roles of men and women. Theory and research on the origins, maintenance, and effects of gender differences involving such institutions as the family, economy, legal and political structures. Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.

SOC 326. Problems of Population and Environment. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.

An investigation of current environmental and population issues including population growth, the energy crisis, limits to economic growth, hunger, pollution, nuclear war, and possible and actual collective responses to these. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

 

SOC 328. Sociology of Aging. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102 or PSY 120.

This course undertakes an examination of theories and concepts concerning aging and the life course. Consideration is given to social, psychological, biological, and cultural aspects of the developmental process of aging. An overview of some of the major issues of aging in modern society will be presented. Students will explore resources for older adults within the Greater Midlands region. Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.

 

SOC 347. Criminal Justice and the Law. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.

Analysis of the American criminal justice system, focusing on the nature of criminal law, roles and functions of police, the criminal justice process, the court system, and treatment of offenders.

Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.

 

SOC.403 Sociology Capstone. (3)

Prerequisites: SOC 101, SSC 230, SOC 301, SOC 302 or permission of the instructor.

This course serves a culminating experience in which the student must demonstrate and integrated   knowledge of social theory, social statistics and social research. The student will develop and present formally original research using the scientific method outlined for social science.

Required for sociology majors: intended for seniors

Offered every spring semester. 

SOC 408. Sociology of Poverty and
the Welfare State. (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 102.
Current theories and research on causes, correlations, and societal responses to poverty. Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.

SOC 480. Seminar on Selected Topics. (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 101.
Open to advanced juniors and seniors with permission of the instructor. A single topic of interest to faculty and students will be selected. Examples include the terrorism, issues of peace and justice, social movements, juvenile delinquency, social deviance, etc. Offered at departmental discretion.

SOC 491, 492. Independent Study. (1-3, 1-3)
Guided research in sociology. Open to sociology majors or minors with a B average in Sociology and with the approval of the instructor. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.

SOC 495, 496. Internship. (1-3, 1-3)
Internships or practical experience in some area of social services, community action, or criminal justice.
Limited to senior majors or minors in Sociology, in good standing. Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 62 of the Catalog.

Course Descriptions