Sociology Course Descriptions

SOC 201 (3 cr hrs)

Principles of Sociology

This course is an introductory study of group and social dynamics, cultures, social problems, social institutions, inter-group relationships, and the impact of social policies.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

SOC 255 (3 cr hrs)

Diversity Issues in the United States

This course provides a comprehensive review of majority-minority relations in the United States and begins with an introduction of the sociological framework of the study of minorities, culture, prejudice, discrimination and intergroup relations. Subsequent weeks will be spent learning specifically about the experiences of a wide variety of minority groups, each starting with a socio- historical perspective and ending with a sociological analysis of their contemporary situation.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

SOC 300 (3 cr hrs)

Contemporary Social Problems

This course is an introduction to the causes, treatment, and prevention of selected social problems with particular emphasis on the problems of conflict and inequality.

General Studies Outcome:           Community, Regional & Global Studies

Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

SOC 322 (3 cr hrs)

The World's Religions

This course provides an introduction to the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Central to the understanding of each will be knowledge of: location and history of the origins of the faith, especially in relation to world history; the difference between philosophy and religion, and where each fits; basic theological concepts; and social teachings.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

SOC 340 (3 cr hrs)

The Family

This course provides an examination of the role of the family in contemporary society with an emphasis on the factors influencing the family structure, functions, and roles, and their implications for both the community and individuals at varying stages of the family life cycle.

General Studies Outcome:           Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

SOC 395 (3 cr hrs)

Community Development

This course explores common issues and opportunities at the community level and a variety of techniques available to promote community development.

Prerequisite Required:                  Juniors and Seniors Only

General Studies Outcome:           Community, Regional & Global Studies

Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

 

SOC 396 (3 cr hrs)

International Field Experience: Community Development

This is a specialized international field experience focused on understanding community development principles and practices in a specific country or countries. The impact of culture; political, economic, and education systems; and historical context will be considered. Students will participate in a variety of daily activities, including community service projects, tours, lectures, and guided discussion sessions designed to promote understanding of the topics. Included is the presentation of strategies to develop the appropriate level of preparation to meet challenges of working and traveling in an international/intercultural setting.

Prerequisite Required:                  Sophomore Standing

General Studies Outcome:           Community, Regional & Global Studies

Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science