SOC*101, Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
A study of modern society and its social organization, institutions, groups and social roles. Topics of study will include patterns of social interaction, the organization and stratification of groups ranging from families to corporations, and others. Learning objectives include applying scientific methods of analysis and examining social issues from a humanistic perspective. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101. This is a “D” course.
SOC*103, Social Problems (3 credits)
A systematic analysis of major contemporary social problems, such as mental illness, crime, poverty, and racial and ethnic conflicts, with emphasis on their origins. Recommended as the introductory course for students having a general interest in sociology. Majors in the field should also take SOC*101. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101.
SOC*114, Sociology of Aging (3 credits)
This course will explore the impact of social and sociocultural conditions on the psychological, physiological, and psychosocial processes of aging. This course will explore the demographics of aging, and how the diversity of the aging population impacts societal, clinical, therapeutic, and institutional responses. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101.
SOC*117, Minorities in the U.S. (3 credits)
This course examines ethnicity in the transformation of America. The course focuses on cultures of diverse ethnic groupings, patterns of identity, discrimination due to economic forces, issues of assimilation, ethnic contributions to a multicultural democracy and other democracies. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101.
SOC*120, Group Dynamics (3 credits)
An overview of the interactions generated by group experience and group leadership. Emphasis on the principle dynamics of group interaction, group decision-making, and how these may be applied both in the therapeutic milieu and within organizations.Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101 or permission of the instructor.
HLT*160/*SOC160, Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
This course provides a basic overview of public health and various public health systems. It provides a foundation for the understanding of public health principles and practices for any student interested in social work, health careers, biology, health education, or simply being an informed citizen. Topics will include the effects of individual lifestyle decisions and their relation to personal and public health. The course deals with a variety of current public health threats and trends, and how public health professionals play a role in identifying and remediating or avoiding them. Prerequisite: Placement in ENG* 101 or ENG*101e This is a “D” course.
SOC*190, Self and Others: Dynamics of Diversity (3 credits)
An examination of how the United States is growing increasingly diverse. The goal of the course is to have students understand the sociocultural nature of human identity and diversity. Topics include race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, physical disability, sexual orientation, pluralism and its implications. Prerequisites: SOC*101 or SOC*117. This is a “D” course.
SOC*210, Sociology of the Family (3 credits)
An examination of the evolution of contemporary relationships such as dating, cohabitation and marriage. The implications of changes in relationships and their effect on the individual, family and society will be analyzed. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101.This is a “D” course.
SOC*212, Sociology of Women (3 credits)
A study of a “Woman’s Place” from a sociological and multidisciplinary perspective. The origins of women’s position in society and the historical transformations that have occurred in the Western World and, particularly, in the United States, will be discussed along with contemporary issues. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101. This is a “D” course.
SOC*213, Human Sexuality (3 credits)
A study of contemporary human sexuality in Western society from both sociological and multidisciplinary perspectives. History and patterns of sexual behavior are discussed including such topics as contraception, sexual response, gender roles, orientation, sexual coercion, and sexually transmitted diseases. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101. This is a “D” course.
SOC*221, Social Inequality (3 credits)
The study of structured social inequality in the United States and globally; the existence of class and power structures and their effects on the lives of Americans; the relation of different forms of inequality based on class, ethnicity, religion, age, and gender. The various strategies people employ to respond to inequality. Prerequisites: SOC*101 or SOC*117 or ANT*205 or SOC*190. This is a “D” course.
SOC*225, Death and Dying (3 credits)
A sociological and psychological study of death and dying. Topics include cultural attitudes toward death, self confrontation and value identification, dealing with dying, survivors and grieving, children and death, suicide, euthanasia. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101 or permission of the instructor.
SOC*240, Criminology (3 credits)
The nature and cause of crime, approaches to the study of crime, and its treatment and prevention are explored. The sociology of criminal law and the nature of criminal behavior are also examined. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101.
SOC*241, Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)
This course examines the meaning of the concept of juvenile delinquency. Considered are the relationships between social attitudes and definitions of youthful law violations, along with studies on various forms of delinquency. Also analyzed are the diverse theoretical interpretations of delinquency including sub cultural theories, bodily related factors, emotional pressures and environmental pressures. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101. This is a “D” course.
SOC*277, Social Survey Research (3 credits)
This course will provide students with a hands-on learning experience in social science research. Its main purpose is to survey the major research designs and research techniques that are at the core of contemporary approaches used to study social phenomena.Students will be directly involved in designing and conducting survey research on a social issue.>Topics will include interview and questionnaire design, computerized data collection, management and analysis, and writing a research report. Prerequisites:MAT*168 taken concurrently. This is an “L” course.
SSC*153, Women and Work (3 credits)
A multidisciplinary study of women and work. This course provides a historical overview as well as an examination of contemporary issues such as the family and work gender socialization, sex discrimination and the emotional work in which women engage. It includes a discussion of the individual and collective strategies that women employ to meet various challenges. Topics of discussion are conditioned by the diverse backgrounds, interests and needs of students in each particular class. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101. This is a “D” course.