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Course Descriptions

1101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3 hours)
An introduction to "the sociological imagination," a distinctive way of understanding human behavior. The course is a broad survey of the principles, methods, concepts, and theoretical perspectives of sociology.

1202 CULTURALANTHROPOLOGY (3 hours)
An introduction to the theories, methods, and concepts of cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on global and historical cultural diversity.

1301 MARRIAGE AND FAMILIES (3 hours)
Astudy of intimate relationships and families including mate selection, gender roles, communication, early marital adjustment, finances, and parenthood.

1501 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3 hours)
A survey of major contemporary social problems and solutions designed to ameliorate these problems.

2101 CRIME AND DELINQUENCY (3 hours)
An analysis of the nature and extent of criminal behavior, current practices in crime control, and the criminal justice system.

2104 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (3 hours)
An investigation of a selected topic of a major importance in the field of sociology at the introductory level.

2201 CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL THEORY (3 hours)
A study of functionalist, exchange, conflict, and other theories and their relevance to modern Sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 1101.

2221 DATA ANALYSIS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (3 hours)
Same as PSYCH 2221. A survey of the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of central tendency, variability and correlation, probability as applied to statistical decision-making, and parametric and non parametric analysis of data, including ANOVA.

2301 SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (3 hours)
An introduction to the process of social science research and an overview of the research methods most commonly used in sociology, political science, psychology, and related fields. Prerequisite: at least one course in political science, psychology, or sociology.

2401 SOCIAL INEQUALITIES (3 hours)
An examination of patterns of social stratification and inequality in modern industrial societies, particularly inequalities based on race, class, and gender.

2601 SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS (3 hours)
A study of concepts, methods, and theoretical perspectives in the sociological study of formal organizations, occupations, and work. Includes examples and applications from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. (Offered in alternate years)

3101 MINORITY-MAJORITY RELATIONS (3 hours)
An analysis of the relations between dominant and minority groups in American society. Prerequisite: SOC 2401.

3102 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (3 hours)
An examination of religion from a sociological perspective. Particular topics include conversion, church-sect typology, and deviant religious groups. Same as REL 3102.

3104 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (1-3 hours)
An investigation of a selected topic of major importance in the field of Sociology.

3502 SOCIAL CHANGE AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (3 hours)
An examination of traditional and contemporary theories of social change, with an emphasis on the study of collective behavior and social movements. Includes case studies of selected past and present movements.Prerequisite: SOC 1101 or SOC 1501.

3503 APPLIED SOCIOLOGY: ACTION RESEARCH IN THE HUMAN SERVICES (3 hours)
An exploration of the role and purpose of human service agencies and how to evaluate these agencies. Students will apply sociological concepts to their direct work with a local human service agency. Prerequisite: SOC 1101 or SOC 1501.

4101 SOCIOLOGY CAPSTONE SEMINAR (3 hours)
A capstone experience for Sociology majors that will integrate knowledge learned in the major. Prerequisite: Senior-level standing or permission of Instructor.

4201 FIELDWORK IN SOCIOLOGY (1-6 hours)
Practical field experience in a socially oriented agency. Prerequisite: SOC 1101 and permission of the Instructor. (Application must be completed one semester in advance of registration.)

4202 PRACTICUM IN SOCIOLOGY (1-6 hours)
An application of sociological theory and methods to a supervised research project.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff.