Sociology (SOCI)

SOCI 1301  Principles of Sociology  3 SCH  (3)  

Study of the nature of human societies, social processes, social interaction, groups, culture, institutions and social change.

SOCI 1306  Social Problems  3 SCH  (3)  

Survey of contemporary social problems and current trends in the direction of their solution. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 2306  Human Sexuality  3 SCH  (3)  

Biophysical and psychological aspects of human sexuality. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 2306 and PSYC 2306.)

SOCI 2361  Pluralistic Society  3 SCH  (3)  

Macrocultural and microcultural variables such as ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, language, gender and exceptionality and their impact upon major institutions such as education, labor markets and government.

SOCI 2363  Women Change and Society  3 SCH  (3)  

Interdisciplinary approach utilizing political, historical and sociological factors to analyze the status of American women. Aspects of sex role socialization, institutional interaction, social problems and social movements are analyzed. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or 6 hours of social science. Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 2363 and WGST 2363.

SOCI 3301  Social Psychology  3 SCH  (3)  

Theory and phenomena of social psychology. The nature and type of social variables and the methods used to study them. The effect of social variables upon the behavior of individuals. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 3301 and PSYC 3301.) Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Psychology or 12 hours of social science.

SOCI 3302  Social Deviance  3 SCH  (3)  

Survey of the sociological and psychological aspects of deviant behavior. Nature of deviance, types of deviant behavior, causal theories and social policy implications. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 3302 and CRIM 3302.) Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 and 3 semester hours of Sociology or Criminology.

SOCI 3321  Introduction to Criminology  3 SCH  (3)  

Extent, types, causation, patterns and organization, apprehension, punishment treatment, agents and agencies related to crime and criminals, including experiences such as field trips and visits to jail may be included. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 3321 and CRIM 3321.) Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3322  Juvenile Delinquency  3 SCH  (3)  

Incidence, types, causation, patterns, processes, treatment agencies and research as related to juvenile delinquency. Selected practical experiences such as trips to juvenile institutions. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 3322 and CRIM 3322.) Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3332  An Introduction to Group Work  3 SCH  (3)  

A study of the dynamics of groups with emphasis on theories and findings concerning groups. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or 6 hours of social science.

SOCI 3351  Urban Sociology  3 SCH  (3)  

The culture, history and growth patterns of cities; demographic, ecological patterns and trends. Problems of housing and community organization. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3381  Statistics for Behavioral Sci  3 SCH  (3)  

Statistics for students in psychology, sociology and education. Emphasis upon descriptive and inferential techniques. Basic concepts in sampling data organization and statistic selection. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 3381 and PSYC 3381.) Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of social science.

SOCI 3482  Behavioral Statistics  4 SCH  (4)  

Statistics for students in the Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology programs. Emphasis on descriptive and inferential techniques. Basic concepts in data sampling, data organization, statistic selection, and using statistical software. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of social science. (Credit may not be obtained in more than one of SOCI 3381, SOCI 3482, or PSYC 3381.)

SOCI 4305  Advanced Human Sexuality  3 SCH  (3)  

Psychosocial factors in human sexuality with emphasis on sexual adjustment, sexual dysfunctions, sexual variations and new approaches in sex therapy. Appropriate field trips may be included. Prerequisite: SOCI 2306 or PSYC 2306. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 4305 and PSYC 4305.)

SOCI 4307  The Family and Marriage  3 SCH  (3)  

History and development of the family as an educational and social institution, factors involved in family integrity, role of the individual in family relations, marital adjustments and family conservation in light of the present-day social and economic conditions. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or 6 hours of social science.

SOCI 4308  Selected Topic in Sociol  3 SCH  (3)  

Literature and research in areas of sociology not otherwise treated in depth in available courses. May be repeated once for credit when topics differ. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of Sociology.

SOCI 4310  Population Problems  3 SCH  (3)  

Introduction to demographic concepts, such as fertility, mortality and migration of human populations in a larger social and cultural contest, and to population problems in modern society. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 or 6 semester hours of social science.

SOCI 4312  Social Stratification  3 SCH  (3)  

Examination of patterns and distribution of stratification and social inequalities in modern society. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 or 6 semester hours of social science.

SOCI 4320  Law and Society  3 SCH  (3)  

An in-depth examination of law and society through the philosophy and evolution of legal systems and legal institutions. The major functions of law as agents of social control, dispute resolution and societal engineering are addressed. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 4320 and CRIM 4320.) Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 and 3 semester hours of Sociology or Criminology.

SOCI 4324  Technology and Society  3 SCH  (3)  

A study of technology and society from the perspective of social values, ethics, sociology, social environment, politics and economics. Prerequisite: 12 hours of social science.

SOCI 4325  Sociology of Corrections  3 SCH  (3)  

Overview of social, psychological, cultural, sociological and political factors related to the correctional enterprise. Includes treatment of the context of corrections, correctional practices, correctional issues, correctional institutions and correctional perspectives. May include field trips to correctional institutions. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 4325 and CRIM 4325.) Prerequisite: SOCI 3321 or CRIM 3321.

SOCI 4341  Sociology of Aging  3 SCH  (3)  

Study of the last stage in the life-cycle of man. The course emphasizes the interdisciplinary approach necessary in the field of gerontology, the biological, psychological and social aspects of the aging process, along with the social impact of growing proportions of aged persons within the social structure of society. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4342  Sociology of Death  3 SCH  (3)  

Sociological perspectives of the dying process and death itself, including the cultural and institutional means of aiding survivors through the grief, mourning and bereavement process. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of Sociology.

SOCI 4345  Sociology of Religion  3 SCH  (3)  

World religions in the context of social, cultural, and ideological perspectives that impact social life in a global world. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4348  Multicultural Groups in the US  3 SCH  (3)  

Issues of multicultural groups with salient ethnic characteristics; analysis of the concept of ethnic identity and belonging, and examination of the dynamics of group cohesion within political, economic, social, and immigration contexts. Prerequisite: junior standing or approval of the instructor. (Credit may not be given for both ANTH 4348 and SOCI 4348.)

SOCI 4351  Urban Sociology  3 SCH  (3)  

The culture, history, and growth patterns of cities; demographic, ecological patterns and trends. Problems of housing and community ogranization. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4353  Social Movements  3 SCH  (3)  

Concepts of social movements; important types of social movements and their relation to the field of collective behavior and social change. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 4362  Race Relations  3 SCH  (3)  

Critical analysis of the concept of race, analysis of subordinate peoples in the United States and around the world. Emphasis on dynamics of problems of subordinate groups. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Anthropology or Sociology. (Credit may not be given for both ANTH 4362 and SOCI 4362.)

SOCI 4364  Minority Women in US Society  3 SCH  (3)  

An integrated study of the impact that socioeconomic and ethnic/racial factors have on minority women within the United States. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or 6 semester hours of social science. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 4364 and WGST 4300.)

SOCI 4367  Gender, Politics & Citizenship  3 SCH  (3)  

Investigation of how political institutions and processes shape norms of citizenship, focusing on social identifiers such as gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of Political Science and/or Sociology. (Credit may not be obtained in SOCI 4367 and POLS 4367 or WGST 4367.)

SOCI 4382  Methods of Social Research  3 SCH  (3)  

Introduction to the study of the scientific method as applied to social research including the logic of science, covering the nature of data, hypotheses, concepts and objectivity. Prerequisites: ANTH 2302 or SOCI 1301 and 3 semester hours of advanced Anthropology or Sociology. (Credit may be obtained in only one of SOCI 4382, ANTH 4382 or CRIM 4382.)

SOCI 4383  Social Theory (WI)  3 SCH  (3)  

Development of social theory as represented by Comte, Spencer, Durkheim and Weber, to contemporary schools of thought, including functionalism, conflict, symbolic interactionism, structuralism and world systems theory. Prerequisite: ANTH 2302 or SOCI 1301 and 6 semester hours of advanced Anthropology or Sociology. (Credit may not be obtained in both SOCI 4383 and ANTH 4301.)

SOCI 4386  Directed Research in Sociology  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

Individual instruction course for advanced and qualified undergraduates to obtain supervised research experience in sociology. Student will assist with a research project by working under the individual guidance of a sociology faculty member. Requirements may entail library research, data collection, data entry, statistical analysis and/or assistance in planning and conducting parts of a research project. A paper on the research experience is required. Consent of instructor required. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 semester credit hours. Prerequisites: SOCI 3381, SOCI 4382 or PSYC 3387 and 6 other semester hours of Sociology. Credit/Non-credit.