Sociology (SOC)


SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3(3-0)
The scientific study of patterns and processes of human social relations. (*)

SOC 105 (POLSC, PSYCH, WS 105)
Understanding Human Diversity 3(3-0) Americans live in a complex and diverse society. This course examines the nature, impact and strategies for dealing with diversity in personal and social contexts. (*)

SOC 155 Minority and Ethnic Relations 3(3-0)
Sociological theories, studies, and findings concerning group maintenance and interaction in contemporary society. (*)

SOC 201 Social Problems 3(3-0)
Sociological perspectives applied to an understanding of global and domestic social problem, including the environment, corporate control, economic and political inequalities, health care, and crime. (*)

SOC 203 The Criminal Justice System 3(3-0)
This course examines origin, nature, and utilization of criminal law; policing, court adjudication and sentencing; jails and prisons; community based corrections; criminal justice policy. (*)

SOC 206 (WS 206) Gender and Society 3(3-0)
Examination and evolution of relationships between sex roles, culture, and societal institutions and processes. Includes an analysis of sexual stratification. (*)

SOC 212 (ANTHR 212) The Forensics of Bones 3(3-0)
Familiarize students with the basic procedures used by forensic anthropologists to obtain evidence in criminal investigations. (*)

SOC 231 (PSYCH, WS 231) Marriage and Family Relationships 3(3-0)
Marriage and family from an institutional and relationship perspective; cross-cultural diversity, mate selection, marital dynamics, parenting, divorce, remarriage, emerging patterns. (*)

SOC 250 (ANTHR 250) The Sacred in Culture 3(3-0)
Concepts of the supernatural studied cross-culturally and in particular cultures. Consideration of how religion helps individuals adjust to stress and aging. (*)

SOC 252 (ANTHR 252) Culture and Personality 3(3-0)
Relationship between group processes and personality factors in a cross-cultural perspective. (*)

SOC 291 Special Topics (1-3 VAR) (*)

SOC 301 Sociological Methods 3(3-0)
The methods of research and investigation in sociology and the social sciences. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (F,S)

SOC 302 Collective Behavior and Social Movements 3(3-0)
An analysis of elementary forms of spontaneous and unstructured behavior (panics, rumors), and complex forms of more structured group phenomena (riots, social movements.) Prerequisite: SOC 101. (S)

SOC 303 Crime and Deviance 3(3-0)
The nature and causes of crime as well as of behavior defined as socially deviant, including violent, corporate, political crimes; sexual, cultural, political deviance. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 203. (F)

SOC 305 (WS 305) Crime and Women 3(3-0)
Exploration of social, cultural and political variables that create both women victims and women criminals. (*)

SOC 306 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice 3(3-0)
Theory and history of delinquency; relationship to family, peer groups, schools, gangs, drugs, young offenders legislation, juvenile courts and police response, youth corrections. (*)

SOC 308 Popular Culture 3(3-0)
Advertising, television, music, novels, and the news are among the topics to be investigated for their social significance. (*)

SOC 310 (ANTHR 310) Social and Cultural Theory 3(3-0)
Examine from classical to contemporary theory in sociology and anthropology. (*)

SOC 320 Modern Social Perspectives 3(3-0)
Social ideas and theory of the 20th century and early 21st century. Topics such as gender, environment, globalization, and information will be addressed. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (*)

SOC 352 (PSYCH 352) Social Psychology 3(3-0)
General and applied psychological principles of the individual’s interaction with a group. Prerequisite: PSYCH 100 or permission of instructor. (*)

SOC 353 Penology 3(3-0)
The history and role of corrections; correctional practice, relationship to law, prison society, working in prisons, special needs of prisoners, capital punishment, administration, privatization. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 203. (*)

SOC 354 Urban Sociology 3(3-0)
Development of urban places; analysis of socio-economic organization, urban social forces and the consequences for individuals, groups and social institutions. (*)

SOC 355 Political Sociology 3(3-0)
Analysis of the major sociological variables associated with political decision making and other political processes. (*)

SOC 356 Social Stratification 3(3-0)
Inquire into inequalities of wealth, power, and the consequence for individuals and society. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 310. (*)

SOC 358 Film and Society 3(3-0)
An in-depth look at the images of social life and social relationships contained in popular movies. (*)

SOC 359 Community Corrections 3(3-0)
The development and practice of probation, parole, diversion, statutory release, electronic monitoring, halfway houses, privatization. (*)

SOC 401 (ANTHR 401) Health, Culture and Society 3(3-0)
Analysis of how social, cultural, and psychological factors influence health and health care. (*)

SOC 402 (ANTHR 402) Aging, Culture and Society 3(3-0)
Cultural, sociological and psychological dimensions of aging. (*)

SOC 403 (WS 403) Human Sexuality and Social Behavior (3-0)
Sexuality and sexual conduct from a sociological and social psychological perspective. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (*)

SOC 404 Poverty 3(3-0)
Poverty in the United States, its measurement and extent, perpetuating conditions, lifestyle and anti-poverty programs. (*)

SOC 405 Law and Society 3(3-0)
The origins and functions of law; the social organization of legal institutions and decisions; the relationship of law to morality, justice and social change. (*)

SOC 406 Sociology of Small Groups 3(3-0)
Microsociological analysis of group structure, interaction and dynamics in institutional settings in modern society. (*)

SOC 407 (WS 407) Family Violence 3(3-0)
The extent, seriousness, and impact of the major forms of domestic violence. (*)

SOC 408 Science, Technology, and the Future 3(3-0)
Social and structural implications of science and technology as they affect society. (*)

SOC 409 Victimology 3(3-0)
Study of the victims’ role in criminal transactions. Examination off individuals and groups as victims of officially defined crime, as well as other social injuries, not officially defined as crime. (*)

SOC 410 Structural and Elite Crime 3(3-0)
Examination of crimes and social injuries perpetrated by organizational structures that do physical or economic harm to the environment, their employees, and their customers. (*)

SOC 411 Police and Society 3(3-0)
The history and role of police; including patrol officers, detectives, specialty units, police discretion, women in policing, community policing, private policing, corruption, brutality, accountability. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (*)

SOC 412 Occupations and Professions 3(3-0)
Occupations and professions in modern society, including changing structures of careers, issues of expertise, impact of gender and race, the role of education. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (*)

SOC 413 Patterns of Homicide 3(3-0)
Examines the rates, types, patterns, and explanation of homicide in the United States and selected other countries. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 203. (*)

SOC 414 Serial Murder 3(3-0)
Examines serial murder in historical and contemporary contexts and assesses current control strategies including forensic science and profiling. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 203. (*)

SOC 415 Forensic Criminology 3(3-0)
Course introduces students to variable aspects of Medicolegal Death Investigation. Students will learn about investigating deaths caused by homicide, suicide, accidents, and natural causes. (*)

SOC 416 (ANTHR 416)
Crime and the Mind 3(3-0) Examination of “crime” as an ongoing aspect of human existence. (*)

SOC 417 Forensics & Homicide Investigations 3(3-0)
Examines police investigations of homicide and presents a critical analysis of the role of forensic science in the identification of suspects. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 203. (*)

SOC 418 Crime, Drugs and Social Policy 3(3-0)
This course examines the way in which crime and drug policy is formulated, articulated, implemented, and evaluated. (*)

SOC 419 Vice Crime 3(3-0)
This course examines the causes, consequences, and control of vice crimes such as drugs, gambling, and prostitution. (*)

SOC 420 Explaining Crime 3(3-0)
Examination of major sociological explanations of crime and their policy implications. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 203. (S)

SOC 421 Homicide, Courts & Corrections 3(3-0)
Examines criminal law applicable to homicide, the court processing of homicide cases, and the sanctions of life imprisonment and the death penalty. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 203. (*)

SOC 422 Terrorism and Mass Murder 3(3-0)
Examines mass murder, genocide, and terrorism around the world and assesses current control initiatives. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and 203. (*)

SOC 428 (HIST, WS 428) Women & Work 3(3-0)
Examines historical and contemporary issues for women of various economic, social, and ethnic groups, especially in the US; examines gender ideologies about paid, unpaid work. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. (*)

SOC 430 Industrial Organizations 3(3-0)
Modern industrial society, emphasis on industry as a type of social organization including roles of management and labor. (*)

SOC 431 Working in Modern America 3(3-0)
Exploration of the changing patterns, structure, and attitudes toward work in the United States today. (*)

SOC 432 Organization Theory 3(3-0)
Prevailing theoretical model of large organizations and suggested alternatives. (*)

SOC 440 Correctional Administration 3(3-0)
Major issues in correctional administration including the history and theories of corrections in the U.S. are analyzed. Prerequisite: Sociology Major. (*)

SOC 448 Emotions in American Culture 3(3-0)
How American norms and values govern the creation, expression, and form of emotions. The content and form of the emotional self. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (*)

SOC 451 (ANTHR 451) Culture/Deviance/Psycho-pathology 3(3-0)
Analysis of the relationship between culture and the causes and manifestations of deviance and psychopathology. (*)

SOC 452 (ANTHR 452) Self and Society 3(3-0)
Examination of the self and society within sociological/anthropological theory. Special emphasis will be placed on symbolic interactionism and cross-cultural approaches. Prerequisite: SOC 101 and/or SOC/PSYCH 352 (*)

SOC 453 (WS 453) The Sociology of the Body 3(3-0)
Exploration of what it is like to live through (in/with/as) our female and male bodies. Examination of writings in the field of body studies. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (S)

SOC 455 (WS 455) Hate Crimes 3(3-0)
Examines assumptions about race, gender, sexuality, and others that are used to justify hate crimes; examines common forms, emphasizing causal factors and effects. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (*)

SOC 490 Special Projects (1-3 VAR)
Projects identified by each faculty member in concert with his/her interests. Prerequisites: Sociology major, junior/senior. (*)

SOC 491 Special Topics (1-3 VAR) (*)

SOC 492 (ANTHR 492) Research 3(3-0)
Qualitative and quantitative methods and designs in sociological research. (*)

SOC 493 Seminar (2-4 VAR) (*)

SOC 494 Field Experience (1-12 VAR)
Practical on-the-job experience in an agency setting. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor. (*)

SOC 495 Independent Study (1-10 VAR)
Prerequisites: previous work in sociology and permission of instructor. (*)


SOC 500 Workshop (1-3 VAR)
Topics to be identified by subtitles taught. Prerequisites: sociology major, graduate standing. (*)

SOC 540 Correctional Administration 3(3-0)
Major issues in correctional administration including the history and theories of corrections in the U.S. are analyzed. Prerequisite: graduate standing. (*)

SOC 590 Special Projects (1-3 VAR)
Projects identified by each faculty member in concert with his/her interests and expertise. Prerequisites: Sociology major, graduate standing. (*)

SOC 591 Special Topics (1-3 VAR)
Topics identified by subtitles taught. Prerequisite: graduate standing. (*)

SOC 595 Independent Study (1-10 VAR)
Affords students the opportunity to do independent, creative work. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor. (*)