Principles of Sociology

An introduction to basic social concepts, theoretical perspectives and research methods. Topics include societies, cultures, social organization, social inequalities, social institutions, group behavior and the impact of globalization, population growth, and new technologies upon individuals and societies. Prerequisite: ENL020 and ENL050 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores / 3 credits. Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer


Juvenile Delinquency

This course analyzes delinquent behavior of young people in our society, using various studies of the topic. It emphasizes the relationship between delinquent behavior and today's social and political conditions. Prerequisite: SOC106 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring


Race, Gender and Class in the US

This course examines the intertwining constructs of race, class, and gender, and their effects on the social and economic experiences of groups or persons. Through a focus on racial formation in U.S. history, students examine dominant ethnic identity and the histories of diverse ethnic groups. Students analyze how race, class, and gender shape individuals' personal identities and access to institutional settings. Ideologies and achievements of diverse ethnic groups are compared. Prerequisite: SOC106 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement. Offered: Spring, Summer


Marriage & Family: Sociology/Family

Study of the social aspects of family life and the impact of society upon families. Topics include historical forms of family life, varieties of contemporary families, the effects of changing cultural values and economic forces upon the daily life and stability of families, gender, the social psychology of love and romance, sex, parenting, and divorce. The course also covers family policy issues. Prerequisite: SOC106 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement. Offered: Fall


Domestic Violence and Victimology

The major focus of this sociology course introduces students to research on domestic violence and victimology. Theories of domestic violence (the resource theory, symbolic interaction theory, functionalism, conflict theory, and criminological theories) are introduced, defined, and applied throughout the class. The macro-sociological view looks at violence as a societal-level. The micro-sociological view looks at the social interaction between perpetrators and victims. Data, research, and case studies are explored. Prerequisite: SOC106 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall


Social Problems

A survey of the nature and range of social problems, the global and societal conditions which give rise to them, and the methods by which societies attempt to cope with them. Prerequisite: SOC106 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer


Sociology of Education

This course provides a sociological analysis of the structure and function of contemporary education. Although some comparative cultural/historical data will be used, the focus is on education in America today. Students will explore theoretical approaches to the sociology of education, stratification of schools both externally (public/private, suburban/urban) and internally (tracking, socialization, and more), the culture of schools, the relationship between education and issues of class, ethnicity and gender, and the sociology of educational alternatives and reform. Prerequisite: SOC106 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Sociology Of Health And Health Care

This course examines the socio-cultural aspects of health, illness and health care. Topics include development of scientific medicine, social epidemiology; definition of health and illness; social and cultural dimensions of disease and the illness experience; ethical issues in health care and health care reform. Effects of social stratification on access to health care, health professionals; the politics and economics of health care for selected diseases, such as breast cancer and HIV, are explored. Prerequisite: SOC106 or PSY101 or BIO101 or BIO105 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Social Science Research

This course introduces the basic research techniques and skills of the social sciences through an interdisciplinary, topical approach. Qualitative and quantitative research methods including ethnography, observation, survey and experimentation are discussed, demonstrated and practiced. Topics include formulating social science hypotheses, identifying variables, constructing and interpreting questionnaires, interviewing, and observing participants. Other topics include social scientists' use of statistics; research ethics; interpretation and communication of research findings, and the relevance of research to public policies in our society. Students may not earn credit for PSY216. Prerequisite: SOC106 and (MAT020 or MAT025) / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Peoples and Cultures of Africa

The course examines Africa’s social, economic, political, religious and cultural institutions, as well as the origins, cultural practices, population dynamics, family structures, marriage, inheritances, values, ethnicity, gender relations and patriarchy, and inter-tribal and ethnic conflicts in modern Africa. Contemporary issues such as HIV/AIDS epidemic, poverty, and Africa’s place in the global world are examined. Prerequisite: SOC106 or ANT107 or HIS119 or HIS120 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall. Satisfies a Behavioral & Social Sciences general education requirement.


Sociology Of Aging

The study of the sociological aspects of aging, the sociological adaptations to an aging population and study of the aging individual in the social setting. Prerequisite: SOC106 or GRN100 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Soc of Gender:Global Persp of Men &

Study of the changing social roles and experiences of men and women throughout the world. Family, educational, economic, political, community and cultural aspects of men and women's lives will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC106 or PSY101 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall


Selected Topics in Sociology

This course will serve as a vehicle to either deepen students' knowledge of subjects addressed in Sociology introductory courses or explore issues outside the traditional curriculum. Prerequisite: Any introductory level Sociology or Anthropology course / 3 credits; may be repeated once for credit. Offered: Fall, Spring