Academic Catalog

Sociology (SOC)

SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology (GB) (D)  (3 credits)  

This course is the scientific study of society. Detailed consideration is given to culture, social control and deviation, social groups, social instruction, social stratification, ethnic minorities, demography, the community, social change and collective behavior.

SOC 102  Social Problems (GB) (D)  (3 credits)  

This course places major emphasis on a variety of contemporary American and world social and cultural issues -- ranging from social justice issues and diversity (gender, race, and social class) to criminal justice issues and violence to global concerns such as the ecological system, war, and terrorism. Analysis of multiple causation and past historical origins are connected to contemporary problems.

SOC 200  Introduction to Social Work  (3 credits)  

The study of social work as a professional endeavor is the focus of this class. Students explore the scope of social welfare in connection with social change, social control and the relationship between services and clients. This course is of value to sociology and psychology majors who intend to work as mental health aides or in other allied areas.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101

SOC 201  Marriage and the Family (GB) (D)  (3 credits)  

This course provides analysis of the social institution of the family through theory and research in the field. Emphasis is placed on the social organization of the family in its structure and its function, including detailed consideration of historical cultural factors, social class elements, premarital matters, marriage adjustment and the family life cycle.

SOC 212  Race, Class & Gender in the United States  (3 credits)  

This course examines the social construction, historical context and intersection of social class, race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, primarily in American society. In this course, students will also explore how these identities affect them in their daily lives, and how they can better understand people of their own or different backgrounds.

Prerequisite(s): (ENG 012) or (ENG 018) or (ENG 060) or (ENG 101) and (SOC 101)

SOC 213  Criminology (same course as CJ 213)  (3 credits)  

This course provides a sociological study of the causes of crime and the relationships between criminal behavior and various social factors such as age, sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. Included also are studies of crime rates, white-collar crime and victimless crimes.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101

SOC 214  Juvenile Delinquency  (3 credits)  

The student is introduced to the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency. Emphasis is placed on the causative factors involved and methods of control and prevention. Special attention is given to the relationship between delinquency and the social structure.

SOC 263  Special Topics: Food, Culture, and Society  (3 credits)  

This course is a holistic examination of the production, consumption, and symbolic meaning of food throughout time and across the globe. Specially, this course examines food and its relationship to society's social structures and gender, cultural identity, religion, politics, economics, and social movements. The course includes food demonstrations, guest lecturers, films, and a field trip. This course is cross listed as an anthropology and sociology course, but credit can only be obtained for one, not both designations.

SOC 273  Coop Educ III Sociology  (3 credits)  

Cooperative Education experiences are work-based learning experiences with an employer for a specific period of time. The experience may be paid and must be related to the career and specific curriculum in which the student is enrolled. It is an opportunity for the student to supplement/integrate classroom learning with learning from a related work setting. A student registers for one to four credits of Cooperative Education in the curriculum in which he/she is enrolled.