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Sociology Course Descriptions

All course descriptions carry behind the name and number a parenthesis ( ) indicating the credit hours, lecture hours, and the lab hours per week. For example: NSCI 110 (4-3-2). The first number in the parenthesis indicates the credit value of the course (4); the second number indicates the number of lecture hours (3) per week; and the third number indicates the number of lab hours per week (2).

ANTH 210  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Anthropology: An introduction to the history and methods of anthropology, with special emphasis on early hominid and cultural evolution, the comparative study of social institutions, and the nature of cultural differences as they exist in traditional and modern societies.
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ANTH 310  (3-3-0)  Cross-Cultural Studies in Anthropology: This course is designed to introduce students to the major intellectual, practical, methodological, and ethical concepts of cultural anthropology. Students will examine in-depth anthropological concepts of culture, behaviors, and belief systems. The goal of this course is to provide a comparative analysis of the cultural differences in human adaptations, the appreciation of diverse values and lifestyles, and the application of the cross-cultural study of people throughout the world.
Prerequisite: ANTH 210 Or SOCI 150 Or SOCI 210 Or permission of instructor
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SOCI 150  (3-3-0)  The Global Society: This introductory course focuses on the global society. Using a variety of techniques, the course introduces students to several of the more pressing global issues and demonstrates their interconnectedness; acquaints students with the main structural features of the global system; equips students to live and work in a globally interdependent world, develops students' ability to work with diverse sets of interest groups on complex issues that cross local and national boundaries; and, by demonstrating the links between global issues and the global society, encourages a recognition of the ethical and social responsibility of global citizenship.
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SOCI 210  (3-3-0)  Principles of Sociology: An examination of the basic concepts and principles of sociology, with emphasis on a scientific analysis of culture, personality, social groups and social institutions, social organizations, population trends, and social processes.
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SOCI 220  (3-3-0)  Contemporary Social Problems: An analysis of the causes and consequences of current social problems: poverty, urbanization, wars, mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction, crime and delinquency, environmental concerns, and problems of social institutions.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210 Or permission of instructor
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SOCI 305  (3-3-0)  Selected Topics in Sociology: Students will examine in-depth a topic of sociological importance chosen by the instructor. Particular attention will be focused on current theoretical and/or methodological explanations of the particular substantive topic. Each student can take up to two different selected topics courses.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210 with a C or better or permission of the instructor
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SOCI 330  (3-3-0)  Marriage and Family Relations: An analysis of the forms and functions of the family, including changing sex roles, marital choice, procreation, and socialization, with emphasis on the history of American family patterns and the effects of contemporary social changes on the family.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 331  (3-3-0)  Social Statistics: An introduction to techniques for the analysis and interpretation of research data, including descriptive statistics (frequency distributions, centrality, variability and correlation measures) and inferential statistics (sampling theories and tests of statistical hypotheses, including the chi square, t-tests and analysis of variance).
Prerequisite: SOCI 210 And MATH 123 or higher
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SOCI 333  (3-3-0)  Introduction to SPSS: An introduction to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, a computer program for data processing and statistical analysis, enabling students without knowledge of programming or without programming aspirations to utilize the computer for scientific research.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210 And SOCI 331 Or equivalent Or permission of instructor
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SOCI 335  (3-3-0)  Sociological Research Methods: An introduction to the various sociological research methods, with emphasis on research design, questionnaire construction, the construction and use of surveys, uses of available data, methods of collecting and analyzing data, the testing of hypotheses, the drawing of inferences, and the writing of the research report.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210 And SOCI 331 Or equivalent
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SOCI 340  (3-3-0)  Crime and Delinquency: A study of the nature of crime and delinquency as forms of deviant behavior, including theories of causation relating to both, with considerations of the justice system for each.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 350  (3-3-0)  History of Sociological Thought: A selective and systematic study of major writings in the development of modern sociological thought, with critical examination of the sociological theories of selected writers.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 351  (3-3-0)  Contemporary Social Theory: A study of the major contemporary sociological theories, with critical analyses of the writings of American social theorists.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 360  (3-3-0)  Sociology of Deviant Behavior: A study of the major theories and types of deviant behavior, with critical analyses of society's reactions to such behavior.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 362  (3-3-0)  The Sociology of Religion: A study of the nature of religion, including the societal and cultural dimensions of religion, the role of religion in social change, and the status of religion in contemporary society.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 370  (3-3-0)  The Sociology of The Black Community: A sociological analysis and description of the black community, its socio-historical characteristics, the life styles and socio-cultural patterns within the black community, and the structures and functions of specific social institutions within the black community.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210 Or permission of instructor
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SOCI 372  (3-3-0)  Sociology of Education: An examination of education as a social institution, the school as a social system, the teacher as an agent of social change, and social programs as complements of programs in education, with emphasis on current social trends, special problems in teaching today, social factors that influence learning, and the role of education in the status attainment process.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 375  (3-3-0)  Comparative Societies: A comparative study of human social life. This course presents students with an overview of the major social, cultural, political, economic, and other organizational differences among human societies and the transformations that have occurred over the millennia. The major theoretical and empirical works in the field are examined.
Prerequisite: ANTH 210 Or SOCI 210
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SOCI 380  (3-3-0)  Sociology of Work: A sociological analysis of the division of labor, labor force trends, career patterns and mobility, and occupational cultures and lifestyles.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 390  (3-3-0)  Social Behavior and Interaction: This course provides an analysis of the major scientific propositions, concepts, research methods, and theories developed to explain the behavior of individuals in relation to other individuals, groups, and culture. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between social interaction and the behavior of individuals.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 400  (3-3-0)  The Sociology of Gender Roles: A course examining the social determinants of gender role identity, with emphasis on the relationship between gender role identity and personality, personal and professional relationships, work, religion, and general culture, particularly the culture of the United States.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 410  (3-3-0)  Introduction to Gerontology: An introduction to the field of gerontology, with emphasis on the psychological, biological, and sociological processes of aging.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 412  (3-3-0)  Race and Ethnic Relations: A study of the theories and principles of majority minority relations, with emphasis on the status and problems of selected racial, ethnic, and religious minority groups in the United States and elsewhere.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 422  (3-3-0)  Collective Behavior and Social Movements: A study of human behavior as expressed through group behavior, especially the forces that precipitate change in the social order, such as crowds, mobs, mass behavior, public opinion, social movements, revolutions, and social planning.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 430  (3-3-0)  Demography: A study of the distribution, growth, and characteristics of human populations and their relationship to social organization.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210 Or permission of instructor
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SOCI 440  (3-3-0)  Sociology of Health: An analysis of the social facets of health and illness, the social functions of health institutions and organizations, the relationship of systems of health care delivery to other social systems, and the social behavior of health personnel and the consumers of health care.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 442  (3-3-0)  Urban Sociology: A study of urbanism as a way of life; the growth and development of urban areas; urban social organization; change and problems of contemporary urban life; ecological patterning; urban planning; and problems of control.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 462  (3-3-0)  Social Stratification: A study of classes, castes, estates, status groups, and social mobility, with an examination of theories of social mobility and a comparison of modes of stratification in selected societies.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 470  (3-3-0)  Social Change: A study of the nature and processes of social change. Topics covered include the theories of social change, industrialization and modernization, planned change, and the social impact of change.
Prerequisite: SOCI 210
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SOCI 478  (3-3-0)  Internship in Sociology: This course is for sociology majors who wish to acquire pre-professional and supervised field work experience in an agency or organization in the community while applying sociological knowledge and skills. The course offers students an opportunity to acquire complementary knowledge and skills for future careers and/or graduate school and to build community contacts. Students will be supervised and evaluated jointly by faculty and site supervisors.
Prerequisite: Junior standing And SOCI 210 Or permission of instructor
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SOCI 480  (3-3-0)  Sociological Seminar: Readings and discussions on selected problems and issues in sociology, including the various subdivisions within sociology, with particular attention to the relationship between theory and research and an examination of sociology as a profession.
Prerequisite: Graduating seniors in their last semester And SOCI 210 And SOCI 335 And SOCI 350 And (SOCI 351 Or SOCI 390) And or with SOCI 430
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SOCI 491  (3-3-0)  Independent Study: Supervised library and/or field research in sociology on a topic of choice of a student.
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