College of Continuing Professional Studies

CCPS Sociology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology

200 Level Courses:
SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family
SOCI 202: Global Social Problems
SOCI 246: Introduction to Social Work
SOCI 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
SOCI 312: Problems of Death and Dying
SOCI 316: Minority Groups
SOCI 325: Political Sociology
SOCI 327: Social Gerontology
SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory
SOCI 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
SOCI 351: Cultures of the Middle East
SOCI 354: Native American Cultures
SOCI 355: Islam and Women
SOCI 360: Community Studies
SOCI 362: Sociology of Religion
SOCI 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses
SOCI 400: Social Stratification


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.

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.

SOCI 246: Introduction to Social Work. 3 hours.

A pre-professional survey of the field of social work including philosophy, major techniques, types, private and public agencies, professional opportunities.

SOCI 312: Problems of Death and Dying. 3 hours.

This course is a comprehensive approach to the problems of death. Includes both current research and the religious perspective of Scripture and the church. Topics include denial of death, stages of dying, legal and personal preparations for dying, meaning of death and life after death.

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. Meets cultural diversity requirement.

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 327: Social Gerontology. 3 hours.

An examination of the sociological, psychological, environmental, and economic aspects of the aging process both in regard to the individual, as well as the relationship with the larger society. The impact of a larger elderly population and the political relationship that pertains to the services and programs to provide for the needs of the elderly now, as well as in the future, also is considered.

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.

An in-depth 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. Will not satisfy biology major requirements.

SOCI 351: Cultures of the Middle East. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: SOCI 101.
Considers the social norms and cultural institutions of the Middle East. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.)

SOCI 354: Native American Cultures. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Students will use the skills of cultural analysis to examine Native American cultures. The course will provide an in depth examination of the original inhabitants in the Americas. Meets cultural diversity requirement.

SOCI 355: Islam and Women. 3 hours.

This course provides an in-depth sociological understanding of the relationship between religion and gender roles in Islam. The course helps students to understand the cultural practices of Islamic society in regards to gender roles. Meets cultural diversity requirement.

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 400 Social Stratification. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: Three additional hours in sociology.
This course examines the competing social scientific theories of social stratification and inequality. The policy implications and ideological orientations of these theories are evaluated.

SOCI 290, 390, 490 Selected Topics, 1-3 hours.

SOCI 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492, Research.

SOCI 397, 398, 497, 498 Undergraduate Internship Experience.

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