Sociology Courses

Introduction to Sociology


Introduction to the theories, principles, concepts, and major research in sociology. Study includes society’s impact on human behavior and consciousness as well as the ways in which individuals and groups affect cultures and their social structures. A comparison of different cultures and subcultures provides an understanding of the relativity and universality of social values, norms, and beliefs. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Sociology of Relationships and Marriage


Examination of traditional and contemporary American family and marital relationships. Discussions cover the expectations, roles, and values in various family patterns and explore the forces that promote change. (Formerly SOC231) 3 Credits (3 Lecture)



Examination of the sociological and psychological causes of criminal behavior and discussion of the implications of those causes for effecting a criminal justice system compatible with the needs of society as well as the criminal offender. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): SOC111.

Physical Anthropology and Human Evolution


Study of the evidence of humanity's relationship to non-human primates, the general course of human evolution, the nature and causes of variation among contemporary populations, and how lessons from the evolutionary past might illuminate humanity's future. Emphasis on the biological basis of human nature and of the relative contributions that heredity, environment, and culture make to contemporary peoples. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111. As needed.

Culture and Environment


A multi-disciplinary exploration of the long and complex story of human-environment interaction. Examination of how human societies (both historical and contemporary) adapt to, interact with, and affect their environments. Use of anthropological theories focusing on the dimensions of human-environment interactions and environmental challenges. Exploration of central contemporary issues facing the modern world: climate change, population growth, race, class, gender and ethnicity 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and SOC113 or ANT113 and ENL111. (Cultural Diversity)

Drugs and Society


Examination of the relationship between licit and illicit drug usage in society from a variety of sociological paradigms. Analysis includes how historical, legal, medical, economic, and political forces shape our norms, values, beliefs, and social institutions in relation to drug usage. Discussion also examines why drug usage has become so critical an issue in contemporary society. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PSY111 or SOC111. As needed.

Death and Dying


Inter-disciplinary course exploring the phenomenon of death and the experience of dying from sociological, biological, and religious perspectives across ethnic and cultural divides. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PSY111 or SOC111. (Cultural Diversity) Fall Only.

Sociology of Work and Culture


Detailed study of social structure and process in the workplace from the systems, participatory and cultural perspectives. Focal points include social structure, socialization, leadership, goal attainment, cultural diversity, and the impact of culture on the workplace. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): SOC111. (Cultural Diversity) Spring Only.

Research Methods


Introductory review of social inquiry, research, observation, measurement, and analysis that provides students with a basic framework with which to conduct social scientific research. Course work addresses quantitative and qualitative methodologies and involves several research projects. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL121 and MTH160 and SOC111 or ENL121 and MTH160 and SOC113 or ENL201 and MTH160 and SOC111 or ENL201 and MTH160 and SOC113 or ANT113 and ENL121 and MTH160 or ANT113 and ENL201 and MTH160. (Writing Enriched)

Ethnicity, Class, and Status in the United States


Exploration of the impact that ascribed and achieved status has upon the experience of the individual. Central focus on ethnicity, class, and status, including how United States' culture is influenced by the diverse ethnic backgrounds of its residents and how socioeconomic class shapes cultural values, policies, and the law. Also studied are human differences (such as age, marital status, education level, and disability) and their impact upon United States' society as a whole as well as upon the realities of individual lives. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): SOC111. (Cultural Diversity) As needed, Fall.

Gender Issues in the United States


Examination of how gender shapes the experiences of all people in the United States. Because gender often combines with other categories to which people are assigned, topics include issues related to gender cross-culturally and a comparative analysis of gender themes. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): SOC111. (Cultural Diversity) As needed, Fall.

Technology and Global Social Issues


Study of historical advances in technology and the process of simultaneous formation of a "global village" creating various present day global social problems. Emphasis on the interdependence of all societies in dealing with the continuous advances of technology that are creating global social problems. Topics discussed within a global framework include the history of technological advancement, competition in trade, economy and globalization of work, culture, civil society, religion, political system, resources and environment, social stratification, population growth and movement of people, global cities, changes in family structures and gender roles, women (brides, nannies, maids, sex workers), flow of information of ideas, security and world wars, crimes, genocide worldwide and universal human rights, global/local connections and increased racism/nationalism, social movements against globalization, future of globalization. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL121 or ENL201. (Cultural Diversity, Science, Technology and Society)

Service Learning in Sociology


Application of student-initiated advocacy, contribution, volunteerism, and service in a community setting. Emphasis on the transferal of theoretical knowledge from the classroom to the community by creating an opportunity to examine social/community issues as social constructs in a consumer/self-advocacy focused process. Course work includes research, communication, and critical thinking and intervention skills in a community based service learning project. The course allows students to aid community stakeholders in defining and/or clarifying a community issue and creating a sustainable project to help address the issue in their role as social advocates.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL121 and HSR210 and HSR255 and SOC111 and SPC101 or ENL201 and HSR210 and HSR255 and SOC111 and SPC101.


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