SOCI Sociology

SOCI   1101   Introduction to Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The discipline of sociology and the sociological perspective as a tool for understanding society and culture, including the interpersonal, intergroup, and international dimensions of social life.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   1101H and SOCI   1101S.

SOCI   1101H   Introduction to Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The discipline of sociology and the sociological perspective as a tool for understanding society and culture, including the interpersonal, intergroup, and international dimensions of social life.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   1101 and SOCI   1101S.

SOCI   1101S   Introduction to Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The discipline of sociology and the sociological perspective as a tool for understanding society and culture, including the interpersonal, intergroup, and international dimensions of social life.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   1101 and SOCI   1101H.

SOCI   2130   Introduction to Gerontology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is a comprehensive introduction to the field of gerontology meant to assist students in the application of an aging perspective for any discipline or major. The course includes a focus on the social, psychological, biological, policy, and humanities perspective of the aging experience.

SOCI   2232   Introduction to Social Services

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of social services, including the history of the profession and its knowledge, skill and value base. Students will gain an understanding of various careers within social services and the settings in which they are practiced. They will gain an understanding of micro, mezzo, and macro type agencies.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" and prior or current enrollment in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   2434   Social Data Analysis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will teach students the skills to make them better consumers of data related to social issues. Students will learn to perform univariate and bivariate analyses using a data analysis program, and will learn to write and read research reports.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3094   Selected Topics in Sociology

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3094S.

SOCI   3094S   Selected Topics in Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3094.

SOCI   3135   Aging

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the impact of an aging population upon society and the effects of the socially-defined experience of aging upon the individual. Special attention is given to economic factors, retirement, lifestyle options, health, death, and widowhood.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3231   Practice Skills

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the knowledge, skill and value base for working in the social services. The emphasis is on preparation for practice in social services settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: SOCI   1101 and prior or concurrent enrollment in SOCI   2232.

SOCI   3233   Aging Programs and Policies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to familiarize students with current programs and policies for older adults. Familiarity with these programs and policies requires an understanding of the social policy process and the role of norms, values and beliefs in that process. The course will move from an understanding of demographic trends to an understanding of policy development for the aging community and then focus on the programs that exist to support our aging society at the local, state and federal levels.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   2130.

SOCI   3235   Race and Ethnicity

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is a survey of the major concepts and theories in the study of racial and ethnic relations in the United States. The situations and experiences of various racial and ethnic groups are considered.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): AAST   3235.

SOCI   3333   Deviance

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines deviance, deviant behavior and social control. Topics will include deviance as a social process; types of deviant behavior (e.g., suicide, mental illness, drug use, crime, delinquency); theories of deviance and deviant behavior; nature and social organization of societal reactions; and social and legal policy issues.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3333S.

SOCI   3333S   Deviance

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines deviance, deviant behavior and social control. Topics will include deviance as a social process; types of deviant behavior (e.g., suicide, mental illness, drug use, crime, delinquency); theories of deviance and deviant behavior; nature and social organization of societal reactions; and social and legal policy issues.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3333.

SOCI   3335   Social Change

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Discussion of theories and causes of social change in contemporary or historical perspective.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3336   Social Problems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A general introduction to the study of social problems in areas such as deviance, social inequality, social change and American institutions.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3336S.

SOCI   3336S   Social Problems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A general introduction to the study of social problems in areas such as deviance, social inequality, social change and American institutions.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): AMST 3336 and SOCI   3336.

SOCI   3338   Sociology of the Life Course

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course uses sociological theories, perspectives, and conceptual frameworks to analyze aging-related social issues. It examines the social forces that shape the diverse experiences of aging for individuals throughout the life course. Emphasis is placed on structural issues such as age stratification, the life course, and societal aging as a force in social change.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3339   Sociology of Sexuality

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A sociological analysis of the norms, values, and institutions which shape human sexuality in the United States.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3431   Sociological Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An overview of the major classical sociological theorists, linking their contributions to contemporary issues and concerns. Covers key theorists and basic tenets of structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism and introduces the process of theory construction.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3434   Methods of Social Research

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A review of social research methods with emphasis on design, data collection, measurement, survey and analysis. Required of all Sociology majors.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101 and STAT   2231.

SOCI   3435   Environmental Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the interconnectedness of human societies and the natural environment and explores contemporary (and often controversial) environmental issues.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3531   Introduction to LGBT Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the questions, topics, and theories which characterize the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4130   Groups and Community Action

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers mezzo and macro practice with groups, organizations, and communities in relation to both social services and applied sociological practice. Students will study the structure, organization, and function of groups, organizations and communities. The course will provide students with knowledge of stages of group development, roles group members play, and skills used by the group facilitator. In addition, students will also examine assessment and intervention with organizations and communities, including a focus on working within organizations and a focus on social change and social justice within communities.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: SOCI   1101 and prior or concurrent enrollment in SOCI   2232.

SOCI   4132   Sociology of Community

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on community life in the United States. Community is viewed as a social entity and an arena of social interaction. Urban, rural, and alternative communities in the U.S. are investigated to uncover their patterns of interaction and organization.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4133   Sociology of Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course involves the sociological study of religion focusing on the human (especially social) aspects of religious belief and practice. Various religious groups will be examined to identify how they organize their collective religious expressions. Theories and research methods used by sociologists to study religious beliefs and practices and religious institutions will be reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4134   Sociology of Childhood

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on childhood as a social phenomenon. Childhood is viewed as a social construction, and particular attention is paid to the cultural context in which childhood has flourished, the role of children's culture in society, and social problems that are associated with childhood.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4135   Death and Dying

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines sociocultural dimensions of death, dying, bereavement, grief, and mourning, including cross-cultural comparisons and social patterns in historical perspective.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4137   Social Movements

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the sociological study of social movements and extra institutional political conduct. Key theories and research methods used will be reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4138   Sociology of the Family

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the sociological study of the social forces that impinge on families, affecting the behaviors of family members and the forms that family units take. Key theories and research methods used by sociologists and other social scientists to study families will be reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4139   Medical Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an overview of the field of medical sociology. Topics covered include social and cultural factors related to health and illness, health disparities, sociological models of health and illness, the sick role, chronic illness, physician patient relationship, historical and emerging health care policies, and the social organization of health care institutions, medical careers, and health care.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4231   Child Welfare and Family Services

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Comprehensive study of current philosophy and practice in the various fields of child welfare, including family income maintenance programs, child protective service, adoption, foster care, institutional placement of children, home based services, family preservation, early childbearing, guardianship and custody, the family and the courts, and child advocacy.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: SOCI   1101 and prior or concurrent enrollment in SOCI   2232.

SOCI   4232   Social Welfare Policy and Services

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An analysis of American social welfare policy. Covers programs and policies under public, voluntary, and proprietary auspices in the areas of income maintenance, mental health and substance abuse, health care, child welfare, nutrition, housing, and employment.

Prerequisite(s):A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: SOCI   1101 and prior or concurrent enrollment in SOCI   2232.

SOCI   4332   Sociology of Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores gender identity, gender roles, and gendered social structures using the sociological perspective.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4332S.

SOCI   4332S   Sociology of Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores gender identity, gender roles, and gendered social structures using the sociological perspective.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4332S.

SOCI   4334   Organizations, Work, and Technology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines organizations with an emphasis on the workplace. The course will explore relations within and between organizations using both classical and contemporary sociological and organizational theories. The course will examine how technology and the increasingly global economy influence these relations.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4335   Self and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the relationship between the self and society (the individual and the social milieu) using social psychological and/or symbolic interactionist perspectives. Content includes origins of the self and how it is shaped by society, formation of norms, identity management, socialization, interpersonal influence, and role behavior.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4335H   Self and Society Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the relationship between the self and society (the individual and the social milieu) using social psychological and/or symbolic interactionist perspectives. Content includes origins of the self and how it is shaped by society, formation of norms, identity management, socialization, interpersonal influence, and role behavior.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4338   Sport, Culture, and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines sport as a social institution, focusing on cultural values related to sport, stratification within and among sports, and issues of power and inequality pertaining to sport.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4338S, WGST   4338.

SOCI   4338S   Sport, Culture, and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines sport as a social institution, focusing on cultural values related to sport, stratification within and among sports, and issues of power and inequality pertaining to sport.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4338, WGST   4338.

SOCI   4431   Inequality

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the sociological approaches and theories of stratification and structured inequality, and analyzes the causes and consequences of economic, political, and social inequality.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4431S   Inequality

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the sociological approaches and theories of stratification and structured inequality, and analyzes the causes and consequences of economic, political, and social inequality.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4630   Senior Seminar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A capstone course which will enhance students' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the discipline. Key theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues in the discipline will be discussed. Required of all senior majors.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   3431, 3434.

SOCI   4790   Internship

3-9 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an educational placement to provide qualified students the ability to apply classroom knowledge in a professional setting, which is appropriate for their academic background and career objectives. Internships provide students with learning experiences in order to enhance their academic preparation and increase their professional skills. Students complete tasks at their internship site in addition to course assignments relating their internship experience to academic research/knowledge and previous coursework.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101 and departmental approval.

SOCI   4892   Directed Individual Research

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Directed individual research.

Prerequisite(s): Department approval.

SOCI   5094   Selected Topics in Sociology

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   5094G, SOCI   5094S.

SOCI   5094S   Selected Topics in Sociology

0-3 Credit Hours.   0-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   5094, SOCI   5094G.

SOCI   5433   Program Evaluation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores what it means to live in a society in which accountability is a thematic issue and policy and program benefits which accrue from well-designed evaluations, and proposals. Evaluation research and grant development issues, including basic design and use considerations are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   5433G.