CCPS Sociology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 108: Writing in the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 111: Introduction to Anthropology

200 Level Courses:
SOCI 200: Research Methods in Social Science
SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family
SOCI 202: Global Social Problems
SOCI 246: Introduction to Social Work
SOCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
SOCI 312: Problems of Death and Dying
SOCI 316: Minority Groups
SOCI 321: Deviance and Social Control
SOCI 325: Political Sociology
SOCI 327: Social Gerontology
SOCI 332: Juvenile Delinquency
SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory
SOCI 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
SOCI 349: Behavioral Research
SOCI 351: Cultures of the Middle East
SOCI 354: Native American Cultures
SOCI 355: Islam and Women
SOCI 357: Psychology of Adulthood
SOCI 360: Community Studies
SOCI 362: Sociology of Religion
SOCI 367: Family Therapy
SOCI 370: Human Sexuality
SOCI 390: A-Z Selected Topics


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 108: Writing in the Behavioral Sciences. 1 hour.
This course introduces students to professional writing styles used in the behavioral sciences, emphasizing the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. The course is also designed to familiarize students with library databases used to conduct empirical literature reviews. Same as CRIM 108, PSYC 108.

SOCI 111: Introduction to Anthropology. 3 hours.
This survey course builds on basic anthropological concepts, methodologies and theories to examine human cultures in a variety of geographic and historical contexts. Topics include human origins, biological evolution, archaeology, gender, health, religion, family and marriage, economics, political organization and representation.

SOCI 200: Research Methods in Social Science. 3 hours.
Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports. Same as CRIM 200 and PSYC 200. Prerequisite: SOCI 101, PSYC 101, SOCI 111, or CRIM 102.

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 multi-cultural 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 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
An introduction to the basic design methodologies and statistical techniques used in behavioral sciences. Some of the topics considered are mixed and correlational designs, analysis of variance and data collection procedures. Same asCRIM 275 and PSYC 275. Prerequisite: SOCI 101, or CRIM 102, or PLSC 101, or PSYC 101; a college-level math course; should be taken before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status).

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.) Prerequisite: SOCI 101, GLST 201.

SOCI 321: Deviance and Social Control. 3 hours.
This course provides several perspectives on the nature and sources of deviance. Included in the survey are societal responses to deviance and processes to control deviance. Same as CRIM 321.

SOCI 325: Political Sociology. 3 hours.
This course is an in-depth study of the social cases of power and politics. Political, economic, and cultural forces of conflict and change in general 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 332: Juvenile Delinquency. 3 hours.
A systematic analysis of theories of juvenile delinquency and how the juvenile justice system manages delinquents. Consideration also will be given to solutions of delinquency. Same as CRIM 332. Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or CRIM 102.

SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory. 3 hours.
An analysis of the evolution of major sociological perspectives which seek to explain the nature of social order. Emphasis is placed on social processes of consensus, conflict and social change. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

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. Same as PLSC 341.

SOCI 347: Medical Sociology. 3 hours.
This course is designed as an introduction to medical sociology—the study of health and illness and of the professional and other organizations devoted to health care. It views health not only as a topic of inherent theoretical interest to the sociologist but also as important to all who care about a man's ability to live to capacity. Includes health, illness and sickness and social identities, the sick role and organization of health services. Same as BIOL 347, PSYC 347.

SOCI 349: Behavioral Research. 3 hours.
Students enrolled in this course will complete an original research project from beginning to end, to include writing a literature review, generating hypotheses, devising a research strategy, collecting data, analyzing data, and reporting findings in a scientific paper. Same as CRIM 349 and PSYC 349. Prerequisite: SOCI 108, SOCI 200, SOCI 275, and three additional hours in the major.

SOCI 351: Cultures of the Middle East. 3 hours.
Considers the social norms and cultural institutions of the Middle East. (Meets cultural diversity requirement.) Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

SOCI 354: Native American Cultures. 3 hours.
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. Prerequisite: SOCI 101.

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 357: Psychology of Adulthood. 3 hours.
An empirical analysis of the biological, psychological and social changes in the adult who is moving along the age continuum from age eighteen and beyond. Same as PSYC 357. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101, plus three additional hours in psychology or sociology.

SOCI 360: Community Studies. 3 hours.
Study of how people arrange themselves socially within cities and surrounding 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 367: Family Therapy. 3 hours.
An examination of family relationships, problems, and family therapy theories. The course will enhance student understanding of families and the application of therapy and social work intervention to certain situations. Same as PSYC 367.