Courses

LOWER-DIVISION COURSES


SOC 101. Introduction to Sociology (3) Fundamental principles and concepts of
sociology as illustrated in the structure, functions, and processes of contemporary
societies.


SOC 250. Social Problems (3) A study of contemporary social problems; likely
causes and how they affect us; consideration of possible solutions.


SOC 256. Cultural Anthropology (3) (D) A general descriptive course dealing
with the nature of man and culture as perceived by a comparative approach to the
analysis of human culture and diversity.


SOC 290. Honors Sociology (3) (W) An in-depth examination of a subfield of
sociology. The course is writing intensive. The specific subject may vary depending
on interests of the individual instructor. Prerequisite: Honors standing or
permission of instructor.


SOC 299. Special Topics in Sociology (3) A lower-level examination of a topic in
sociology. May be repeated for credit. Permission of instructor required.

UPPER-DIVISION COURSES


SOC 305. Social Gerontology (3) An interdisciplinary survey of the physical,
psychological, and social phenomena of old age. Particular attention will be given
to the elderly in America as an identifiable group and their situation here will be
contrasted with that in other cultures. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or SOC 101, and
PSY 102 or consent of the instructor.


SOC 314. Deviant Behavior (3) Examination of the conditions under which
deviance as a social reality emerges, develops, and changes over time. Along with
empirical studies of deviant subcultures, identification, conduct, and the public
regulation of deviance and social typing are presented. Specific attention is given
to mental illness, sexual deviance, and drug and alcohol abuse.


SOC 345. Sociological Theory (3) An overview of the theories that shape the
discipline of sociology and the theorists who are associated with both the theories
and the discipline. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or any 200-level SOC course.
SOC 350. Research Methods in Sociology (3) An overview of methods of
inquiry, data collection, and analysis in sociological research. Prerequisite: SOC
101 or any 200-level SOC course.


SOC 351. Marriage and Family (3) A sociological analysis of the contemporary
American family with emphasis on the various aspects of dating, courtship, mate
selection, marital interaction, and the family disorganization.


SOC 353. Criminology (3) A scientific analysis of the nature, extent, and causes
of crime, with analysis of theory and methods of treating the adult offender. The
course includes an examination of the criminal justice system from arrest through
incarceration.


SOC 354. Juvenile Delinquency (3) The scientific study of the problem of delinquency
and the youthful offender in society. Topics include current theories of
delinquency, the juvenile justice system, and rehabilitation efforts.


SOC 355 American Race Relations (3) (D) A scientific study of the relationships
and problems of the major cultural, ethnic, racial, and religious minorities in
American society. This course examines ethnic, racial, and other minority groups
from both an historical and a contemporary perspective. Includes a review of
theories concerning prejudice and discrimination, patterns of minority relations,
and future race relationship patterns in the United States. No prerequisites or
corequisites.


SOC 375. Gender and Society (3) (D) An examination of the nature and consequences
of social differentiation and stratification on the basis of sex and gender.
An inquiry into the institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality,
cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role
change. Analysis of social position of women and men in society, focusing on their
positions in institutional areas such as the family, politics, work, and education.
Evaluation of theories of biological, psychological, and sociological bases for
the behavior and characteristics of women and men. Emphasis on contemporary
American society. No prerequisites or corequisites.


SOC 385. Sociology of Sport/Leisure (3) An analytic view of institutionalized
sport focusing on the social values, culture, and ideology manifested in sport.
SOC 391. Medical Sociology (3) (W) This course develops an appreciation of
the role of the social sciences in the study of medicine. Many of the problems
confronting modern medicine, including health care, are to a large extent

psychological, sociological, political, and economic. The adequate treatment of patients
cannot be accomplished solely through a knowledge of physiological cures.
Knowledge of medical sociology is prerequisite to the successful functioning of
health care systems.


SOC 475. Affluence and Poverty (3) (D) The scientific study of American class
structure, characteristics of social classes and stratification hierarchies, trends in
social mobility, problems of inequality, poverty and solutions for American society.
No prerequisites or corequisites.


SOC 480. Senior Experience in Sociology (3) Senior seminar in sociology.
Topics will vary. May include either independent basic research or independent
applied research. Prerequisites: SOC 101 or any 200-level SOC course, 9 upperlevel
credit hours in sociology, and senior standing.


SOC 483. Sociology of Law (3) The course acquaints the student with the sociological
factors inherent in the legal and judicial system. The social processes
involved in enacting legislation, law enforcement, and judicial decisions are examined
along with the roles of lawyers, judges, and others in both civil and criminal
systems. Strongly recommended for those considering a career in law or the legal
system.


SOC 499. Selected Topics in Sociology (3) Special study and investigation of current
social phenomena and social problems.