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About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Sociology provides valuable insights into social factors that affect how institutions and organizations operate, to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class.

It is common for sociology majors to find employment in the nonprofit sector as well as community and social movement organizations.

In addition to the course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems.

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Bachelor of Science in Sociology

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology requires a minimum of 36 credit hours.

Students should have math skills equivalent to MATH 100 or higher before enrolling in BSCI 274.

SOCI 120: Principles of Sociology
3 credit hours

This introductory course provides a broad-based overview of the field of sociology. Attention is given to the ways in which social factors affect how institutions and organizations operate, to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, social class, and geographical space.

SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family
3 credit 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 credit hours

This course applies the sociological perspective to an examination of major global social problems, such as race and ethnic conflict, war, public health, poverty, population, and environmental issues. This includes a focus on how famine and endemic hunger are socially defined; the global political, economic, and cultural context in which each emerge; and how this context shapes responses to the problems in different countries where they exist.

SOCI 316: Minority Groups
3 credit 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 327: Social Gerontology
3 credit 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 credit hours

Prerequisite: SOCI 120. 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 347: Medical Sociology
3 credit 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 400: Social Stratification
3 credit hours

 Prerequisite: 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.

CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYCH 120 or CRIM 120 or SOCI 120. A systematic analysis of theories of juvenile delinquency and how the juvenile justice system manages delinquents. Consideration is also given to solutions of delinquency.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 120SOCI 120, or CRIM 120. 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.

BSCI 274: Statistical Foundations for Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 120PSYC 120, or SOCI 120 and a college-level math course. This course provides a general overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques behavioral researchers use to analyze data. Topics will include frequency distributions and graphing, measures of central tendency, variation, and relative standing, simple linear regression, and hypothesis testing. Should be taken before a student accumulates 60 credit hours (junior status).

BSCI 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CCPS-Senior standing, BSCI 200BSCI 274. Day-BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 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.

Students should complete all 100-and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status).