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Dr. Vickie Luttrell
Chair of Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology
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Sociology Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 109: Scientific Writing
SOCI 111: Introduction to Anthropology

200 Level Courses:
SOCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family
SOCI 202: Global Social Problems
SOCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory

300 Level Courses:
SOCI 303: Animals and Society
SOCI 306: Social Movements
SOCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods
SOCI 316: Minority Groups
SOCI 321: Deviance and Social Control
SOCI 325: Political Sociology
SOCI 330: Society and Culture in the Andes
SOCI 332: Juvenile Delinquency
SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory
SOCI 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties
SOCI 343: Fundamentals of Research
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
SOCI 355: Islam and Women
SOCI 357: Psychology of Adulthood
SOCI 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I
SOCI 360: Community Studies
SOCI 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II
SOCI 362: Sociology of Religion
SOCI 370: Human Sexuality
SOCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience

400 Level Courses:
SOCI 400: Social Stratification
SOCI 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
SOCI 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory
SOCI 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
SOCI 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II
SOCI 493: Senior Seminar

Selected Topics, Research and Internship Courses:
SOCI 390, 490: Selected Topics
SOCI 391, 392, 491, 492: Research


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 109: Scientific Writing. 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 109, PSYC 109.

SOCI 111: Introduction to Anthropology. 3 hours.
A survey that 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. Same as ANTH 111.

SOCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.
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, PSYC 200.

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 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. Co-requisite:  SOCI 275-L.

This course introduces the student 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 as COMM 275, CRIM 275, PSYC 275.

SOCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory. 1 hour.
Co-requisite:  SOCI 275.
A laboratory to complement Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. SPSS basics are emphasized. Same as COMM 275-L, CRIM 275-L, PSYC 275-L.

SOCI 303: Animals and Society. 3 hours.
This course will give students the opportunity to think critically about controversial issues regarding the relationships between humans and other animals.  Central to the course will be an exploration of the social construction of animals in American culture including various subcultures and the way in which these constructed social meanings shape human identity.  Same as ANML 303.

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. Same as ANML 306.

SOCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods. 3 hours.
This course exposes students to the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting and analyzing data using various qualitative methodologies to include ethnographic, grounded, observational and content analysis methods.  Special emphasis will be given to the students’ understanding of various methodological challenges, the standards of scientific evidence, issues of generalizability and ethics.  Same as CRIM 308, PSYC 308.

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 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 basis of power and politics. Political, economic and cultural forces of conflict and change are examined.

SOCI 330: Society and Culture in the Andes. 3 hours.
This course examines the histories, political economies, societies and cultures of Andean South America, spanning pre-Inca, Inca, Spanish colonial, nationalist and contemporary global periods of Andean history.  Relying primarily on qualitative and ethnographic studies, the course encourages students to appreciate how everyday cultural life has been organized in this mountainous region across time and space. Same as SPAN 330.

SOCI 332: Juvenile Delinquency. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  CRIM 102 or SOCI 101.
A systematic analysis of theories of juvenile delinquency and how the juvenile justice system manages delinquents. Consideration is also given to solutions of delinquency. Same as CRIM 332.

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 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Designed as an exploration of contemporary moral issues and as an introduction to research ethics, this course examines philosophy-based ethical theories and encourages their application in case studies derived from an array of disciplines. A segment of the course is exclusively devoted to applications in scientific endeavors. Students are required to obtain National Institutes of Health certification to conduct research with human participants. Same as CRIM 339, PSYC 339.

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 343: Fundamentals of Research. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  SOCI 359.
This course is intended for students who fail or do not successfully complete SOCI 361.  Students enrolled will write a review of literature and complete an original research project.  This involves designing methodology, conducting a study, ensuring ethical protection of human participants, analyzing and interpreting data, generating an original research report and delivering a formal presentation. Same as CRIM 343, PSYC 343.

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.  Same as PSYC 347.

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.

SOCI 357: Psychology of Adulthood. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.
An empirical analysis of the biological, psychological and social changes in the adult who is moving along the age continuum from age 18 and beyond. Same as PSYC 357.

SOCI 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:   SOCI 109, SOCI 200, SOCI 275, SOCI 275-L.
Students enrolled in this course complete the initial stages of an original, team-based research project, to include conducting and writing a literature review, devising a research design strategy and applying ethical protection of human participants. It is essential that students complete Scientific Writing, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with lab before taking Advanced Behavioral Research I. Course fee required. Same as CRIM 359, PSYC 359.

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 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  SOCI 359.
As a continuation of Advanced Behavioral Research I, students enrolled in this course complete their original, team-based research project. This involves conducting the study, data analysis, reporting the findings in the context of a scientific paper and delivering a formal presentation of the research. Course fee required. Same as CRIM 361, PSYC 361.

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 370: Human Sexuality. 3 hours.
A study of the anatomy and physiology of the female and male reproductive systems, sexually transmitted diseases, methods of contraception, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunctions, gender identity, development of sexual orientation, adult sexuality, the development of relationships, cross-cultural comparisons of sexuality and socialization of gender roles. Same as PSYC 370.

SOCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience. 3 hours.
Internships are designed to help students better understand the connection between theoretical perspectives and practices in the workplace. Before registering, students are required to meet with the behavioral sciences internship director to learn more about expectations, requirements, and responsibilities. Students must have junior or senior status and a GPA of 2.50 or better to be eligible for internships. Same as CRIM 380, PSYC 380.

SOCI 400: Social Stratification. 3 hours.
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 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  SOCI 109, SOCI 200, SOCI 275, SOCI 275-L. Co-requisite:  SOCI 435-L.
An intensive study of the theory of measurement with emphasis on errors in measurement, validity, reliability, item analysis, test construction and prediction. A laboratory period will include training in the construction, taking, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests. Same as CRIM 435, PSYC 435.

SOCI 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory. 1 hour.
Co-requisite:  SOCI 435.
A laboratory to complement Psychological Tests and Measurements. Same as CRIM 435-L, PSYC 435-L.

SOCI 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  SOCI 275, SOCI 275-L. Co-requisite:  SOCI 475-L.

This course provides an in-depth examination of inferential statistics used in behavioral sciences. Topics include analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, multivariate techniques and non-parametric analyses. Same as CRIM 475, PSYC 475.

SOCI 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory. 3 hours.
Co-requisite:  SOCI 475.
A laboratory to complement Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. Same as CRIM 475-L, PSYC 475-L

SOCI 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: SOCI 380.

A second opportunity for students to connect theoretical perspectives and practices in the workplace. Before registering, students are required to meet with the behavioral sciences internship director to discuss expectations, requirements, and responsibilities. Students must have junior or senior standing and a GPA of 2.50 or better. Same as CRIM 480 and PSYC 480.

SOCI 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.
Prerequisite:  Senior standing, SOCI 109, SOCI 200, SOCI 275, SOCI 275-L.
This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting.  Students practice the writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers.

SOCI 390, 490: Selected Topics

SOCI 391, 392, 491, 492: Research