Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of human society and patterns of social behavior. It is concerned with social structures and processes, including groups, organizations, societies, institutions, social-cultural change, socialization, social interaction, and social relationships. Sociology provides a foundation for further professional training in applied areas of social work, law, criminal justice, and gerontology, or graduate study in sociology toward careers in teaching and research. The sociology major with a Bachelor of Arts is well prepared, in conjunction with the richness of liberal arts education, for a variety of career opportunities in business, industry, government, and social agencies.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (30 hours total)

Required Sociology Core (12 hours):

Course                                                   Title                                                              Hours Required

SOCI 1123                                            General Sociology                                                   3           

SOCI 4773                                            Social Theory                                                         3

SOCI 4783                                            Methods of Social Research                                     3

MATH 2203                                           Elementary Statistics                                              3

Plus Required Sociology Electives (choose 18 hours):

SOCI 1133                                            Introduction to the Criminal Justice System               3

SOCI 1223                                            Introduction to Social Work                                     3

SOCI 2213                                            Social Problems                                                     3

SOCI 2423                                            Collective Behavior                                                 3

SOCI 2633                                            Sociology of Health and Medicine                             3           

SOCI 2880                                            Special Topics                                                        1-3

SOCI 2900                                            Workshop                                                              1-3

SOCI 2990                                            Tutorial                                                                  1-3

SOCI 3203                                            Anthropology                                                          3

SOCI 3213                                            Introduction to Social Welfare Theory                        3

SOCI 3423                                            The Sociology of the Family                                      3

SOCI 3543                                            Social Stratification                                                  3

SOCI 3633                                            Introduction to Law Enforcement Systems                  3

SOCI 3753                                            Criminology                                                             3

SOCI 3773                                            Introduction to Social Gerontology                             3

SOCI 3863                                            Population                                                               3

SOCI 3903                                            Internship in Sociology                                             3

SOCI 4103                                            Race and Ethnic Relations                                         3

SOCI 4313                                            Urban Sociology                                                       3

SOCI 4513                                            Community Development                                          3

SOCI 4613                                            Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice Sys                    3

SOCI 4623                                            Corrections System                                                  3

SOCI 4643                                            Criminal Justice Administration                                  3

SOCI 4773                                            Social Theory                                                          3

SOCI 4783                                            Methods of Social Research                                      3

SOCI 4803                                            Survey Research                                                     3

SOCI 4880                                            Special Topics                                                         1-3

SOCI 4900                                            Sociology Workshop                                                1-3

SOCI 4990                                            Tutorial                                                                  1-3

 

Minor in Sociology

18 hours in sociology, including SOCI 1123.

Strongly recommended: SOCI 4773 and SOCI 4783

 

Minor in Criminal Justice

21 hours, including SOCI 1133, SOCI 3633, SOCI 3753 and a 3-hour social research course not counted toward a major (SOCI 4783 and PSYC 3003 recommended). Remaining 9 hours must be chosen with advisor approval (INST 3233, INST 2003, PSCI 2143, PSCI 3753, PSCI 3803, PSCI 4421, SOCI 2213, SOCI 3633, SOCI 4613, SOCI 4623, SOCI 4643 and variable topics courses, 4880)

 

COURSE LISTINGS in SOCIOLOGY (SOC)

1123       GENERAL SOCIOLOGY
              A general survey of the field with emphasis on socialization, social institutions, social processes, culture, social
              changes and the numbers, distribution, and organization of people. 3 hours

1133       INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
              Survey of the various components of the criminal justice system with special emphasis on the role
              of law enforcement. 3 hours

1223       INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK
              This course will serve to introduce students to the rudiments of the social service agency.  The
              course will direct students to examine the historical development, components, functions, and
              clientele of this important agency, and the obstacles, which it faces in the political economy. 3 hours

2213       SOCIAL PROBLEMS
              A study of contemporary social problems in American society, with particular reference to the genesis of antisocial 
              attitudes in the individual, family, and community. 3 hours

2423       COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR
              A study of social, political, and industrial group behavior patterns considered as a reflection of social attitudes. 
              Crowds, fads, fashion, mobs, public opinion, propaganda, and social movements are among topics studied.
              3 hours

2633       SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE
              Sociological and psychological factors in human health and disease; the behavior and the social relations of
              patients, physicians, nurses, and public health leaders; ecological and demographic factors in health and
              medicine; health problems relating to the family, personality, and the life cycle. 3 hours

2880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in sociology. 1-3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

2900       WORKSHOP
              Guided study in sociology under faculty supervision; various topics and methods of instruction. 1-3 hours (may be
              repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and topic).

3203       ANTHROPOLOGY
              A logistic approach that introduces students to the subfields of anthropological studies, the course focuses on the
              interaction of the biological, historical, and social studies for an understanding of the dynamics of human cultures
              and societies. 3 hours

3213       INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE THEORY
              Theory, structure, and techniques of private, municipal, state, and federal social work agencies. 3 hours

3423       THE SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
              Study of structure and functions of the family as an institution in various historical and contemporary societies.
              3 hours

3543       SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
              Study of the distribution of power, prestige, and position within society. 3 hours

3633       INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS
              An introduction to the structure and functions of law enforcement agencies at local, national and international 
              levels, the course will explore the interrelationships of these agencies and how these connections facilitate or
              impede crime control, prevention and the administration of justice. The special character of law enforcers as
              protectors of citizens and the law is underscored. 3 hours

3753       CRIMINOLOGY
              Inquiry into the origin and societal consequences of crime and its prevention and treatment. 3 hours

3773       INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
              Overview of social aspects of aging, including examination of social, social psychological, and cultural factors that
              affect the aging process, the experience of aging, and the concerns of the aged as a growing population in a
              changing society. Presents major concepts, findings, theories, and issues in the field of aging as a multidisciplinary
              endeavor. 3 hours

3863       POPULATION
              Problems resulting from population composition and change and the concepts used in the study of population and
              ecology. 3 hours

3903       INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY
              A limited field-training experience at an agency or institution allowing the student to observe and assist the
              designated supervisor in various work duties. Possible sites include legal system facilities, service-providing
              agencies, and government organizations. 3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours in same or different site
              but only 3 hours applies toward requirements of the major). Prerequisites: sociology major, junior standing,
              consent of faculty director and field supervisor.

4103       RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
              Social and cultural aspects of minority group relations with major emphasis on those within the United States. 
              Prerequisite: SOCI 1123. 3 hours

4313       URBAN SOCIOLOGY
              Study of urbanization in industrial societies, with emphasis on growth, development, and organization of modern
              American city. Examines social structures and processes of modern urban ways of life and its implications for city
              dwellers with the socio-cultural milieu. 3 hours

4513       COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
              This course is centered on building participant knowledge and appreciation of the community development
              process. It is the study of the processes, methods, programs and movements that mobilize whole populations
              with common concerns to advance common interests. 3 hours

4613       DELINQUENCY AND THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
              This provides a detailed examination of the processes involved in the causation, forms, extent, prevention and
              control of juvenile delinquency. Students will critically examine the procedures utilized by the various juvenile
              justice agencies from initial contact with law enforcement agents to the selection of a disposal alternative. 3 hours

4623       CORRECTIONS SYSTEM
              An examination of the corrections/penal system and its effectiveness in crime control, punishment, rehabilitation
              or prevention. The course is intended to provide students an understanding of the activities, organization on
              limitations of corrections systems as a sub-system in the American criminal justice system. 3 hours

4643       CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
              Criminal Justice Administration is designed to provide students an opportunity to study the organizational
              characteristics of the court, corrections and law enforcement as specialized agencies of the criminal justice
              system. The focus will be on examining administrative policies, processes. Channels, and objectives of these
              institutions within the constraints of the wider society in which they function. 3 hours

4773       SOCIAL THEORY
              Review and analysis of sociological theories from Comte to the present. Prerequisite: SOC 1123 and a grade of
              “C” or better. 3 hours

4783       METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
              Introduction to scientific methods as they pertain to sociology and related fields, including scientific logic,
              experimental design, problem development and formulation of hypotheses, concept measurement, data collection
              and analysis, interpretation and reporting of findings. Project assignments provide training in application of
              selected research elements and in scientific report writing. Prerequisite: CSCI 1143 and IDS 1223. 3 hours

4803       SURVEY RESEARCH
              Application of skills and concepts studied in SOC 4783 that are directly relevant to initiating and completing survey
              research studies. The student will develop skills in data collection, analysis, interpretation, report writing, and
              presentation using multivariate statistical methods applicable to survey data. Prerequisite: SOC 4783 with a grade
              of B or better

4880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in sociology. 1-3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

4900       SOCIOLOGY WORKSHOP
              Related topics and problems in sociology. 1-3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and
              content).

4990       TUTORIAL
              Independent study in sociology under faculty supervision. 1-3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with
              change in title and content).