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SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr. (GE7-Diversity) An introduction to the basic insights, concepts, theories and methods of the discipline. The course encourages students to think critically, to apply sociological knowledge, and to develop a global perspective. Topics for discussion include culture, social interaction, deviance, sexuality, stratification, race relations, gender, family, economics, politics, technology and social change. SOC 110 is a Prerequisite(s) for all 300 and 400 level SOC courses.

SOC 200H Idea of Society 3 cr. (GE7-Diversity) The idea of society is perhaps one of the most difficult abstractions in our repertoire. This course introduces the student to various perspectives that seek to explain both the historical and contemporary meaning of society. Honors Program admission or 3.30 cumulative GPA and permission of the instructor is required.

SOC 201 Social Problems 3 cr. (Diversity) A sociological analysis of major social problems.

SOC 210 Introduction to Anthropology 3 cr. (GE7-Diversity) Examination of customs, institutions, and social organization of preliterate societies. Brief consideration of physical and biological aspects of human development.

SOC 252 Criminology 3 cr. Study of criminal behavior, including the nature and causes of crime, and of official responses to criminal law violations. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110.

SOC 255 Changing American Family 3 cr. An introduction to diverse family issues and concerns in American society. The course examines the changing functions, patterns and structures of the family as a major social institution. Topics include changing patterns of dating, mate selection, cohabitation, marriage, dual career families, adoption, divorce and remarriage.

SOC 269 Culture and Sexuality 3 cr. This course will examine ethical, cultural, psychological, social, and political issues related to sexual relationships and sexual behavior. Specific issues covered include sexual consent and sexual responsibility; harassment and freedom of speech; privacy; censorship and pornography; impact of media on sexual relationships; and university and governmental regulation of intimate relationships, such as interracial relationships and student-professor relationship. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 or SOC 200H

SOC 275 Contemporary Community Issues 3 cr. This course is designed to develop your understanding of the different communities you are a member of and the issues facing them in the 21st century. Drawing on theories and concepts from various disciplines, we will expand on how communities and the issues associated with them are defined, constructed and addressed at multiple levels of society. Specifically, we will examine various political and social issues facing our communities including but not limited to: crime, ecology, inequalities, health care and the family. We will also set those issues in their larger state, national and global context, address the impact of that context and the proposed possible outcomes for the future.

SOC 278 Social Research Methods 3 cr. Study of the basic methods of empirical social science research. Topics include techniques and theory of research design, formulating and testing hypotheses, measurements, sampling, modes of observation, data management, and elementary data analysis.

SOC 280 Social Movements & Human Right 3 cr. (Diversity) This course examines the complex relationship between social movements and human rights. Primary emphasis will be given to how grassroot movements/mobilizations have both shaped and contested our modern conceptions and practices of human rights in the US and globally. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 or SOC 200H

SOC 299 Special Topics in Sociology 1-8 cr. These are flexible courses that may be taught depending on student needs. The design of the course is to present the student an opportunity to concentrate on various topics. Repeatable for credit as topics change.

SOC 325 Environmental Sociology 3 cr. This course examines the interrelationship between our community, culture, society and the global environment. Students will become engaged in diverse environmental projects, discussions and debates on eco-feminism, bio-diversity, bio-piracy, environmental degradation and future sustainability. Students will complete a final project that provides suggestions, recommendations and solutions to environmental preservation in the future.

SOC 357 Sociology of Religion 3 cr. A sociological analysis of religious belief, behavior, organization, and the relation between religion as an institution and the larger society of which it is a part. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110.

SOC 361 Comparative Ethnic Studies 3 cr. Examination of the social, political, legal, and economic development of ethnic inequality in our American society. Topics include prejudice and discrimination, majority ,and minority relations, institutionalized racism, intergroup contacts, migration, immigration, affirmative action, and equal opportunity programs. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110.

SOC 363 Sociology of Gender 3 cr. (Diversity) This course focuses on the social, political, legal, and economic dimensions of contemporary women's issues. Topics include the feminization of poverty, reproductive technology, single parenthood, childcare policies, aggression against women, and institutionalized sexism. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110.

SOC 369 Studies in Deviance 3 cr. This course examines how so-called deviant identities, communities, desires, and practices are socially, historically, and culturally constructed. Particular emphasis is placed on non-traditional forms of deviancy. Discussion topics include transgender issues, queer theory, body modification, religious fanaticism, and militia groups. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110.

SOC 374 Cultural Studies 3 cr. (Diversity)This course provides students with a basic understanding of the dynamics of culture and its impact on global change. Areas covered include: institutional structures of culture, cultural history and legacies, production and distribution of culture, effects of culture on meaning and social action. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110.

SOC 375 Social Change and Development 3 cr. Designed to familiarize students with the theories, methods, and analytical frameworks for understanding social change and development in a global context. Topics covered include gender and race/ethnicity issues, social movements, and collective behavior, economic development, and globalization. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 and three credits of Sociology.

SOC 376 Social Psychology 3 cr. Study of the social sources and patterns of perception, attribution, socialization, and interpersonal interaction. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110.

SOC 399 Senior Readings 1-6 cr. Intended for students close to completing their major/minor sociology requirements. This course provides a forum for students to test the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their course of study by re-examining specific issues pertinent to sociology. Topics to be discussed range from civic, political, and religious participation through race, ethnicity, and gender issues. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 or SOC 200H.

SOC 401 Research/Practicum/Internship 1-6 cr. The course allows students the option of developing a major paper involving a literature review or empirical research or placement in the applied setting for practical experience. Community and/or campus settings are available. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 or Soc 200h.

SOC 420 Drugs & Society 3 cr. An examination of public policy and the social construction of drugs and drug use. Includes the history of drug legislation, the interactional experiences of drug users, harm reduction and rehabilitation vs. criminalization, social effects, drug culture, and legalization debates. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 or SOC 200H

SOC 451 Political Sociology 3 cr. Examines the relationship between society and politics through an analysis of the intersection of economic development, social relations, and the political sphere. Employing an international perspective, the course examines how race, ethnicity, and gender interact with political culture, ideology, and the state. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 and three credits of Sociology.

SOC 476 Theory Construction & App 3 cr. Course is based on a basic understanding of the properties, limitations, and applications of theory is important not only to producers of sociological knowledge but also as consumers of that knowledge. The goal of the class is develop an understanding of sociological theory by exploring some of the basic theoretical orientations sociologists use in studying social phenomena and some of the specific theories based on these orientations. By considering criteria appropriate for evaluating these orientations and the theories developed from them. And exploring the different ways that a sociological theory may and may not be used in resolving social problems. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 or SOC 200H.

SOC 477 Sociological Theory 3 cr. This course introduces students to the major nineteenth and twentieth century thinkers who shaped the development of sociological thought. In exploring the theoretical heritage of sociology, the course seeks to develop an appreciation of what theory is and how necessary and useful it is for examining and understanding the social world. A major assumption of the course is that sociological theory has an eminently practical function for understanding ourselves and the world we live in. Prerequisite(s): SOC 110 or SOC 200H and SOC 476.

SOC 499 Special Topics in Sociology 1-8 cr. These are flexible courses that may be taught depending on student needs. The design of the course is to present the student an opportunity to concentrate on various topics. Repeatable for credit as topics change.