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Sociology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology. 3 hours.

An analysis of factors that are significant in the development of people as social beings. Consideration is given to the social group and culture as factors in this process.

200 Level Courses
SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family. 3 hours.

The study of the family as a dynamic social institution. Students will examine family structures and socialization processes within multicultural and socio-historical contexts, including patterns of role behaviors, division of labor, decision making and the life cycle.

SOCI 202: Global Social Problems. 3 hours.

This course examines major global social problems and applies the sociological perspectives in understanding the contemporary global social problems such as race and ethnic conflict, war, public health, poverty, population and environmental issues.

300 Level Courses
SOCI 302: Poverty and Inequality. 3 hours.

This course explores the causes and consequences of institutionalized inequality and how life chances, including life, health and death differ by race, socioeconomic status, and gender. Special emphasis will be given to how these social statuses affect health outcomes in the community.

SOCI 306: Social Movements. 3 hours.

An examination of historical and contemporary collective protest movements that seek change in or preservation of the social and political structure of society. Course will survey theory and research on social change featuring case studies that include the United States labor movement, civil rights, feminism, gay/lesbian rights, environmentalism, animal rights and the new right conservatism movement.

SOCI 316: Minority Groups. 3 hours.

Examines the process of adjustment of various ethnic and cultural groups to life in the United States. Some consideration to world ethnic situations.

SOCI 320: Drugs and Society. 3 hours.

This course introduces students to the social realities of drug use and drug users. Drawing from sociological and criminological perspectives, the course focuses on the historical significance and social construction of drug use, users, abuse and addiction; the relationship between drug use and racism/class conflict; medicalization in contemporary societies; and social movements aiming to effect attitude and policy change.

SOCI 325: Political Sociology. 3 hours.

This course is an in-depth study of the social basis of power and politics. Political, economic and cultural forces of conflict and change are examined.

SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  SOCI 101
An analysis of the evolution of major sociological perspectives that seek to explain the nature of social order. Emphasis is placed on social processes of consensus, conflict and social change.

SOCI 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties. 3 hours.

Examination of the rise of the gay and lesbian movement and the challenges of achieving civil liberties and civil rights in dominantly heterosexual Western and non-Western societies.

SOCI 347: Medical Sociology. 3 hours.

This course is concerned with the social causes and consequences of health and illness. Major areas of investigation include the social facets of health and disease, the social behavior of healthcare personnel and people who utilize healthcare, and the social functions of health organizations and healthcare delivery systems.

SOCI 360: Community Studies. 3 hours.

Study of how people arrange themselves socially within cities and surrounding sociocultural environments. Particular attention is given to the processes of urbanism, the urban experience, the community and the concept of place.

SOCI 362: Sociology of Religion. 3 hours.

This course will explore the character of religious practice and religious consciousness from a sociological perspective. Religion will be examined both as an experience that aids the individual in understanding his or her life and as a social institution.

SOCI 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

SOCI 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

SOCI 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.