Sociology (SOC)

SOC-101 GEM6 course AASID course WCHE course Introduction to Sociology
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall, Spring, and Summer, All Years

This course presents the fundamental principles affecting human social systems. The concepts of traditional as well as contemporary theorists will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the forces governing groups and the conditions that transform social life.

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SOC-102 GEM6 course AASID course WCHE course Social Problems
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall, Spring, and Summer, All Years

This course applies sociological concepts and methods of analysis to current social problems in the United States. Topics of study include issues such as racism, social inequality, crime and environmental degradation. This course is recommended for students entering the fields of sociology, counseling, social work and justice studies.

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SOC-103 Cultural Diversity
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course is designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of diversity within the contemporary U.S. population. It will examine historical and contemporary experiences from perspectives of both women and men of diverse races, ethnicities, social class, religions, sexual orientation, ages, and abilities. Students will explore their particular inherited and constructed traditions, identify communities and significant life experiences while learning from the varied experiences and perspectives of those who are different. Students will become more aware of the nature of personal, institutional, and societal inequalities and the processes leading to a more equitable society. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical consciousness and to explore ways of empowering to help eliminate ideologies of unequal treatment. This course will develop an extended and collaborative dialogue about past, present, and future U.S. democratic aspirations and foster a respect for people's life experiences while teaching skills needed to function in today's diverse and increasingly interconnected global society.

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SOC-220 GEM7 course AASID course WCHE course Marriage and Family
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall, Spring, and Summer, All Years

This course is designed to help students understand more about marriage and family life processes. Students will examine values, needs, and responsibilities as they relate to intimacy, the selection of partners, cohabitation and marriage, family planning choices, parenting, family economics, and interpersonal communication. Students will also address the issues of family violence, divorce, and the restructuring of new families. This course will be helpful to those who wish to have more knowledge about relationship, marriage, and family issues or those who are entering such fields as counseling and social work.

Recommended Prerequisites: SOC-101

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SOC-245 Introduction to Criminology
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall and Spring Only, All Years

This course introduces students to the study of criminology by exploring a broad range of issues related to crime and criminal behavior. The course reviews the theoretical foundations and relevant research for understanding the causes of crime, criminal behavior, and systems of punishment within society.

Recommended Prerequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

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SOC-251 Race and Ethnic Relations
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course examines the historical and current social construction of race and ethnicity in shaping social relations within the United States and globally. The primary focus of this course is to explore racial and ethnic inequalities by applying sociological theoretical perspectives. This course will be helpful for individuals seeking to understand the changing racial and ethnic demographics of the United States and globally, as well to those going into sociology, social work, health care, political science, criminal justice or counseling fields.

Recommended Prerequisites: SOC-101

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SOC-296 Introduction to Sociology of Gender
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall Only, All Years

This course explores ideas about gender and gendered systems of relationships embedded in society, politics, economics, culture, history, and media in the United States. From a variety of sociological perspectives and theories, it sets out to explore gender constructions by using the sociological imagination to investigate contemporary gender-related social problems. It also looks at the various ways in which gendered institutions have been produced and perpetuated to maintain specific power dynamics and hierarchies. Additionally, this course looks at the ways in which gender ideologies intersect with other socially and culturally constructed categories of identity such as race, class, sexuality, and disability.

Recommended Prerequisites: ENGL-101, SOC-101

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