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+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course

+SOC 101. Introduction to Sociology. 3 credits
Essential characteristics of life in society, including culture, socialization, subcultures, primary and secondary relations, stratification, face-to-face interaction, large-scale organizations, conflict, deviance and social change.

+SOC 120. Social Problems. 3 credits
Analyze the major social problems in the United States and other countries. The problems include: racism, sexism, overpopulation, poverty, crime, homelessness, and others.

SOC 200. Research Methods in Sociology and Criminal Justice. 3 credits
Introduce undergraduate sociology and criminal justice majors to the social science methodology used to explore and explain the phenomenon of social problems, especially crime and criminal justice. Focus on how social scientists develop research designs and the methods with which they analyze data.  We will begin with broad methodological questions before concentrating primarily on quantitative research and an introduction to quantitative date analysis. Prerequisites: SOC 101 or CRJU 101.

+SOC 210. Cultural Anthropology. 3 credits
A cross-cultural examination of structures in society common to all groups: family, subsistence strategies and distribution of wealth, political arrangements, religion, art, science, and technology. Give a focused study of the multi-level struggles for cultural and environmental survival to understand the cultural histories and issues in adaptation. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

+SOC 220. Self and Society. 3 credits
Focus is on the development of the social self, with emphasis on socialization, symbolic interaction, and development and presentation of self. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 120.

+SOC 235. Deviant Behavior. 3 credits
Examine theories of crime and deviance; types and measures of crime; and problems of drugs, alcohol, sex and gender. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 120.

+SOC 250. Environmental Sociology. 3 credits
Use the sociological perspective to analyze the relationship between society and the environment. Cover a variety of topics central to the sub-discipline of environmental sociology, such as sociological theories and methods used to understand the relationship between society and the environment; social behaviors that lead to environmental problems; the social construction of environmental issues, opinions, and concerns; and the response to environmental issues by various groups and organizations.

+SOC 260. Social Organization. 3 credits
Focus on large-scale social patterns and trends over time, including the formation and evolution of social groups, communities, organizations, institutions, and societies from a historical comparative perspective. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

WI-SOC 301. Sociological Theory. 3 credits
Examine the background, assumptions, and ideas of early sociologists as they tried to establish a foundation for sociology as an academic discipline. Prerequisites: 9 credits of SOC; ENGL 101 with a minimum grade of C.

+SOC 323. Marriage and the Family. 3 credits
Explore the relationship between the family and other institutions such as the economy, politics, and education. Also explores role relationships prior to marriage and afterward and the impact of social change on the family. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or  SOC 120.

+SOC 325. Sex and Gender. 3 credits
Introductopm to major sociological perspectives on sex and gender. Topics include socialization; intellectual and personal development of women and men; theories of gender inequality; and analysis of the major social institutions organizing gender relations, such as the family, economy, and politics. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 120.

+SOC 326. Medical Sociology. 3 credits
Explore areas and issues associated with health and health care delivery in the U.S. Topics covered include: Epidemiology and social demography of health, disease, mortality, and morbidity, physical-patient relationships, structure of health care, relationships among health care providers, and physician socialization. Prerequisites: SOC 101 or SOC 120.

SOC 336. Death and Dying. 3 credits
Trends and patterns in death and dying including historical perspectives, death in popular culture, demography of death, medical technology and dying, dying patient's perspective, and ethical dilemmas of death and dying. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

+SOC 340. Race and Ethnicity. 3 credits
Intensive examination of the history and evolution of human diversity, including the development of concepts of race and ethnicity. The history and concerns of special populations such as Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic peoples, and Asian peoples are examined. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

SOC 342. Drugs and Society. 3 credits
Theories of use and addiction; social and social psychological correlates of use and abuse; examination of effects of alcohol, heroin, cocaine and other substances on the individual and on various social institutions; program evaluation. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

+SOC 350. Environmental Justice. 3 credits
The sociological perspective will analyze racial and socioeconomic disparities related to environmental hazards. Topics covered include: the significance of the environmental justice movement, theories and methods used to understand if and why environmental injustices exist, and the response to environmental justice issues by communities, non-profits, the government, and corporations.

+SOC 356. Sociology of Religion. 3 credits
Presents views from numerous sociological perspectives with special emphasis on the social psychological aspects of the individual and society and the relationships to religion as a social institution. Presents religion's influence on society, which legitimates some existing social and economic arrangements. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

+SOC 360. Science, Technology, and Society. 3 credits
A critical examination of the historical, philosophical, practical, and larger systemic interrelationships between technology, science, and social organization.

+WI-SOC 365. Social Stratification and Inequality. 3 credits
How societies rank people by class, status, age, sex, race, and power. Emphasis on both theoretical and empirical studies. Prerequisites: SOC 101; ENGL 101 with a minimum grade of C.

+SOC 375. Conflict Resolution. 3 credits
In-depth analysis of the social dynamics and dimensions of conflict and the ways in which conflict can be channeled into productive and positive opportunities for change. Covers individual, group, organizational, and global examples. Includes training in the Harvard Model of Conflict Resolution. Prerequisites: SOC 101.

SOC 380. Special Topics in Sociology. 3 credits
Explore areas not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites:  SOC 101; instructor consent.

SOC 386. Field Experience. 3-6 credits
Guided experience in local agencies. Prerequisites: SOC 101; Junior status; instructor consent.

SOC 399. Independent Study. 3 credits
Directed individual reading, research and/or writing on topics approved by the department. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

WI-SOC 407. Seminar in Sociology. 3 credits
Capstone seminar focusing on the analysis and evaluation of current practice in sociology. Prerequisites: SOC 301, SOC 430; ENGL 101 with a minimum grade of C.

SOC 430. Data Analysis in Social Research. 4 credits
A practical introduction to the logic of social science research and the process of data analysis. Focus on the statistical methods used to answer sociological questions and to explore and explain phenomenon relating to the study of crime and criminal justice system. In the lab, students will use current General Social Survey data (GSS) to develop competency in the analysis of social data through the hands-on use of computer software designed for data analysis and management (e.g., SPSS). Prerequisite: SOC 200 or CRJU 200.

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