Sociology

  • SOC 1510 Intro to Sociology

    Students will use sociological perspectives to critically analyze and understand taken-for-granted aspects of our social world. The influences of culture, socialization, social groups, and institutions on human behavior are investigated. Cultural diversity and issues related to social inequalities are also explored. Eligibility: ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 1550 Drinking 101

    Students will use sociological theories and concepts to examine social and cultural forces that influence alcohol consumption. Research about the social and personal consequences of drinking will be investigated. Students will also evaluate theories of alcoholism and the impact of alcohol-related social policies. Eligibility: ENG 1510; Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 1901 Sociology Selected Studies IS

    Student will complete a guided study in an area of sociology. They will learn how to complete a literature review, and construct, administer, and analyze questionnaire results. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 2510 Marriage & the Family

    Students will develop a sociological understanding of marriage and the family as social institutions. Emphasis is placed on challenges facing contemporary American families, from communication and conflict to sexual learning and behavior, changing gender roles, parenting, divorce, remarriage, violence, and abuse. Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 2520 Social Problems

    Students will apply the sociological perspective to an understanding of major issues and conflicts in American society. They will explore the impact of social and cultural factors on the creation and definition of social problems and policies, and investigate possible solutions to these problems. Prerequisite: SOC 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 2540 Deviant Behavior

    Deviant behavior is behavior that attracts widespread social disapproval. In this course, students gain the ability to analyze a variety of deviant behaviors from sociological, critical, and cross-cultural perspectives. Topics include homicide, rape, and family violence to prostitution, unconventional sexuality, and suicide. Prerequisite: SOC 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 2560 Criminology

    Students will learn about criminal behavior by evaluating major sociological theories and research. Basic aspects of these theories and their relationship to values, social structures, and the criminal justice system are examined. For both the criminal justice student and those interested in social sciences. Prerequisite: SOC 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 2580 Race and Ethnicity

    This course helps students appreciate the multicultural basis of American society. The course is designed to improve understanding of prejudice and discrimination, explore ways to improve intergroup communication and relations, and examine challenges faced by professionals working in settings with racial, ethnic, and religious diversity. Prerequisite: SOC 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 2590 Sex, Sexuality, and Gender

    Students will learn to sex, sexuality, or gender, practices and concepts both from around the world and here in the United States. Students will be able to compare and contrast people's understanding of the body and its development, how people come to understand their own sex and gender characteristics, and the place that each one of us occupies in terms of our sex, sexuality, and gender behaviors. Corerequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 7501 Popular Culture

    Students will explore theoretical perspectives and empirical work in the sociology of popular culture in order to examine the significance of popular culture in society. At the core of the analysis will be he role of power in affecting the meanings associated with various forms of culture. Eligibility: ENG 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • SOC 8502 Social Class in the US

    Students will learn the major sociological theories of social stratification and apply these theories to both a historic and contemporary understanding of social class in the United States. Students will analyze the everyday effects of social class - from the impact of class on families, education, health, crime (both street and white collar), and political power to the portrayal of social class in the media. While the emphasis is on the United States, students will also compare social class models in other countries in order to understand differences and similarities in stratification and mobility cross-culturally. Prerequisite: SOC 1510; Corerquisite: ENG 1530 Master Course Syllabus