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Courses of Instruction

1300: Sociological Issues: Examining the Collective Conscience

No prerequisites. This course will satisfy the LEV or sociology major/minor elective, but not both. In this course, students critically examine pressing social issues, particularly those relevant to a college campus, and discuss cohort characteristics of leadership and virtue. Specific attention is paid to the generational and personal moral values that underlie college students’ conceptions of virtue and justice. (Spring)

2300: American Society
No prerequisites. This course is designed for anyone interested in sociology or obtaining general education credit. The course is required for sociology and nursing majors. Core sociological insights and concepts such as social institutions, control, stratifi cation, and socialization are overviewed. (Fall, Spring)

2320: World Societies
No prerequisites. This course will satisfy the Global, Societal, and Personal Perspectives requirement. In this course, students will examine contemporary social issues, within a global perspective. Students will investigate topics of world poverty, transnational crime, marriage and family, and how technology has spurred social change around the world. (Spring)

2350: Social Problems
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or permission of the instructor. This course is an inquiry into current social problems with specific reference to their origin, development, and suggested solutions. (Spring, even years)

2375: Crime and Society
No prerequisites. This offering is the foundation course for criminology minors or students interested in learning about crime in our society. Informal and formal social control, the variations of deviant and criminal behavior, and crime and punishment policies are covered. Special attention is given to the kind of problems the law can solve as well as the problems that the law creates. (Fall, Spring)

3300: Social Research
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or permission of the instructor. Sociology majors are required to take this course. This course introduces the social research process of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. A balanced approach regarding quantitative and qualitative methods is offered. (Spring)

3310: Social Theory
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or permission of instructor. This course is required for sociology majors. This course is an overview of the origin of sociological theory, beginning with Comte, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. Attention will be given to contemporary schools of thought. (Fall)

3315: Criminology
Prerequisite: SOC 2375 or permission of instructor. This is a required course for criminology minors or an advanced elective for sociology majors and minors. This course focuses on crime in America. Past and present aspects of typologies, punishments, corrections, and styles of enforcement are over viewed. (Fall)

3320: Sociological Investigations
No prerequisites. This course is designed as an advanced elective for anyone interested in sociology. It is oriented toward providing the student with a deeper understanding of the sociological perspective. Select works by sociologists will be examined pertaining to the methodological, theoretical, and practical contributions. (Spring)

3330: Social Stratification
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or permission of instructor. This course is required for sociology majors. This offering is an analysis of the issues of wealth, prestige, and power in stratification systems. Particular attention is paid to social class and mobility patterns. (Spring)

3335: Juvenile Delinquency
Prerequisite: SOC 2375 or permission of the instructor. Advanced elective for sociology majors or minors. One of the interesting areas in criminology is the topic of youth and criminal activity. This course is a study of how juvenile delinquency is determined and the criminal justice system created to deal with it. (Fall)

3340: Social Psychology
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or PSYC 1340. Cross-listed as PSYC 3340. This course is an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors, and all other interested students. This course is a survey of the ways in which interpersonal events and cultural forces can affect attitudes, social learning, perception, and communication by the individual and the group. (Spring)

3345: Studies in Criminology
Prerequisite: SOC 2375 or permission of instructor. This course is an advanced elective for criminology minors and sociology majors or minors. Criminology is a growing field of specialization that produces an enormous amount of scholarship. Using a seminar format, this offering examines in-depth select studies which provide a better understanding of criminal and deviant behavior. (May Term)

3350: Race and Ethnicity
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or permission of instructor. This course is required for Sociology majors. The course introduces some of the concepts and theories sociologists use to better understand the influences of racial and ethnic factors. Also covered are social policies which have influenced U.S. race relationships. (Fall)

3360: Marriage and the Family
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or permission of instructor. This course is an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors, and all other interested students. Types of family organization, disorganization, husband-wife and parent-child relationships, the impact of social change on family structure and function, and factors contributing to marital harmony are studied. (Fall)

3370: Gender and Society
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or permission of instructor. This course is required for sociology majors. The course considers the differential socialization of men and women and its effect on their experiences on the major social institutions of the family, the economy, and the educational system. Past practices, current trends, and future predictions of the role of men and women in society will be covered. (Spring)

3375: White Collar Crime
Prerequisite: SOC 2375 or permission of instructor. This is an advanced elective for criminology minors and sociology majors or minors. This course is an analysis of the intersection of criminal behavior and social class, In particular, time is spent looking at white collar professionals involved in fraud, deception, embezzling, bribery, etc. Corporate as well as governmental settings are covered. (Fall)

3392: Social Policy
Prerequisites: SOC 2300 or permission of instructor. This offering can be used as an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors. This course is an examination of the social programs designed to help people improve their levels of personal and social functioning. Special attention will be given to applied sociology, poverty reform, family issues, and comparative strategies. (Spring, odd years)

4325: Issues in Criminology
Prerequisite: SOC 2375 or permission of the instructor. This is an advanced elective for criminology minors and sociology majors or minors. The course grapples with the complexities of social control and crime. Issues of race, gender, enforcement, punishment, and the criminal justice system in general are over viewed. (Spring even years)

4330: Sociology of Religion
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed in Religion. This course is an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors, and all other interested students. This course is a study of the effect of social forces in shaping the thought and practice of religious institutions. Special attention will be given to American denominational policies and congregations. (Spring odd years)

4335: Women and Crime
Prerequisite: SOC 2375 or permission of instructor. This course is an advanced elective for criminology minors and sociology majors concerning women’s experiences as offenders, victims, and prisoners in the legal system. Students will become more aware of the influence of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the labeling, processing, and punishment of offenders. (Spring)

4385: Comparative Criminology
Prerequisite: SOC 2375 or permission of instructor. This is an advanced elective for criminology minors and sociology majors or minors. This course broadens the student’s exposure to criminology by addressing aspects of social control and crime in societies other than America. Attempting to identify alternative approaches, attention is paid to definitions of criminal activity, enforcement, and punishment. (Spring)

4392: Seminar in Sociology
Prerequisite: Senior standing. This course is required for sociology majors. The course is designed to deal with, in a more advanced and integrated manner, the discipline of sociology. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical, methodological, and practical issues. This is the capstone course for Sociology. (Fall)

4395: Practicum
Prerequisite: SOC 2300 or 2375. This course is an advanced elective for criminology minors, and sociology majors or minors. This offering is an arrangement between the student and instructor of intensive study or field experience. The course includes a definition of goals appropriate for the advanced student, ways of attaining those goals, a schedule for frequent consultation, and means of measuring progress. (Fall, Spring)

4X96: Honors Tutorial
Prerequisites: Fifteen hours in sociology and admission to the departmental honors program. Designed for the honors student in sociology; includes extensive reading on a select topic involving sociological theory, method, or practice. (By arrangement)

4X97: Senior Thesis
Prerequisites: Eighteen hours in sociology, admission to the departmental honors program, and approval of thesis by department and Honors Committee. Designed for the student in sociology honors program; includes conducting a social research study or preparing an extended essay on a theoretical or applied topic. Regardless of the choice, the student is expected to write the thesis in the required format. (By arrangement) XX99 Special Topics (variable credit) This course is an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors, and all other interested students. A course of study offered to groups of students to broaden departmental curriculum or to meet student demand. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

XX99: Special Topics
This course is an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors, and all other interested students. A course of study offered to groups of students to broaden departmental curriculum or to meet student demand. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.