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SOC 110: AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course utilizes the approaches of functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism to analyze the structures and processes of group life from a scientific perspective. Major areas of inquiry include: theory and methodology, culture, social organizations, socialization, groups, institutions, formal organizations, collective behavior, and social change. [IAI: S7 900]

SOC 114: SOCIAL PROBLEMS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

Contemporary social problems are examined from the point of view of deviant behavior and social disorganization. The major problems covered include crime and delinquency, drugs and alcohol, sexual deviance, prejudice and discrimination, poverty, and mental disorders. [IAI: S7 901]

SOC 120: MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course is a discussion of the nature, structure, and functions of marriage and the family historically and cross-culturally. Emphasis will be given to American marriage and family in terms of mate selection, gender roles, communication and conflict, disorganization and dissolution, and strengths. [IAI: S7 902]

SOC 210: INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: SOC 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

An introduction to the multi-disciplinary study and analysis of the nature, causes, and control of crime; measurement of crime; and the interactive roles of the system, victim, and offender. [IAI: CRJ 912]

SOC 213: INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course will be an investigation of the origin and history of human culture, its evolution and development. The structure and functions of human cultures will be studied with special emphasis given to family structures, economics, social structure, personality development and religion. [IAI: S1 901N]

SOC 218: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval., and SOC 110 or PSY 110

This course employs the social psychological perspective to examine the behavior of the individual in society. Major emphasis is given to psychological and sociological theory and to the scientific methods employed by the social psychologist as scientist. Focal points include: the self-concept, perception, communication, attraction, and socialization. [IAI: S8 900]

SOC 219: THE SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN AMERICA

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval, and SOC 110.

This course uses the sociological approach to explore the relationships among the various racial and ethnic groups which constitute American society, including the structure of power distribution and inequality, process of adaptation, related movements for social change, and current issues of pluralism. [IAI: S7 903D]

SOC 221: DEATH AND DYING

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course considers death and the dying process and grief. Students have the opportunity to read and discuss issues relevant to the major topics.

SOCWK 220: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: SOC 110 with a grade of "C" or better or PSY 110 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is an introduction to generalist social work within the context of social welfare service and policies, including their historical origins, conceptual framework, and contemporary foci. It also examines social work values and code of ethics, practice methods, and research and policy issues, emphasizing the unique experiences of diverse and at-risk populations.