Department of Sociology and Family Studies

Course Titles and Descriptions

Sociology 221 is prerequisite to all other courses in sociology except Sociology 222 and Sociology 223.

(SO 221) Introduction to Sociology
A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology (Fall and Spring, taught in Summer with sufficient enrollment).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 222) Current Social Problems
A study in social issues; contemporary social problems and their consequences, with special emphasis on American society (Fall and Spring, taught in Summer with sufficient enrollment).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO/WS 223) Marriage and the Family
A study of origin and evolution of the family as a social institution; the relationships of family structure to social organization; theories, functions, forms, and processes of the family in selected cultures (Fall, taught in Summer with sufficient enrollment).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 231) Introduction to Anthropology
An introductory survey of the field of anthropology, with emphasis on the prehistoric development of man and cultures (Offered on sufficient demand).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 300) Sociology of Gender and Sexual Behavior
Analysis of social, psychological, and physiological approaches to the development of sex identity and sex roles; effect of differential socialization methods from infancy through adulthood; impact on both men and women of contemporary changes in sex roles. Also listed as WS 300 but creditable only in field for which registered.  (Fall, even-numbered years).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 301) Parenting and Socialization
Sociological analysis of the dynamics of the parent-child relationship and examination of macro- and micro-structural influences on child socialization.  (Spring, taught in Summer with sufficient enrollment). This course is available via distance learning/Internet.  Prerequisite:  SO 221 or WS/SO 223.

(CJ/SO 306) Juvenile Delinquency
An analysis of the nature, causes, and extent of juvenile delinquency; and an evaluation of preventative programs (Spring, even-numbered years).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 307) Medical Sociology
Application of sociological concepts and principles to the study of health professions, the medical institution, community medical organization, and definition and distribution of illnesses (Fall, odd-numbered years).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 308) Aging and Society
Designed to examine the relationship between the various structures and institutions in society and aging. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the family, religion, education, the government and the economic system and individuals as they age (Fall, odd-numbered years).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 309) Death and Dying
Provides and understanding of dying, death, and bereavement that will assist individuals to better cope with their own deaths and wit the deaths of others (Fall, even-numbered years).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 310W) Methods of Social Research
An introduction to the selection and formulation of research problems; project design and sampling procedures; data collection and preparation of reports (Fall, Spring).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 311) Computer Applications in the Social Sciences
This course is designed to expose students to computer applications within the social sciences and provide them with hands-on experience managing, transforming, analyzing, and displaying social science data. It is recommended that students take SO 310 Research Methods before taking this course (Spring; Lab Fee of $30.00 assessed with standard course fees)

(SO 320) Sociology of Leisure and Recreation
Sociocultural analysis of the nature and social organization of non-work activity in modern societies, with emphasis on the structure and dynamics of recreation and their relationship to the major social institutions (Fall odd numbered years).

(SO 322) The Community
Designed to acquaint the student with contemporary urban and rural communities, with emphasis on basic social institutions and vital processes (Offered on sufficient demand).

(CJ/SO 323) Criminology
A study of crime and criminal behavior in American society, with special emphasis on the individual, group trends and theories concerning treatment (Fall).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 324) Population Studies
A study of population distribution, composition, growth, migration and vital processes (Offered on sufficient demand).

(SO 342) The Self and Social Interaction

Analysis of the social origin, development and maintenance of the Self, and how the Self and identities affect construction of shared social reality in larger contexts. The course is taught from a micro-sociological perspective and focuses on the symbolic nature of culture, its influence on the socialization of individuals, role-taking and role-making in negotiation of shared expectations and in construction of social reality and structures. (Fall, even-numbered years)

(SO 350) Cultural Anthropology

Methods and theories of cultural anthropology; ethnographic study of divergent societies throughout the world (Spring, taught in Summer with sufficient enrollment).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 395) Selected Topics
Selection of contemporary issues designed to provide the student with analysis of present trends and problems as they relate to the human experience (Offered on sufficient demand).

(SO 400) Theories of Deviance
A survey of the major explanations of deviance which have historically influenced both study and practice within the sociological tradition (Spring).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet

(SO 403) Gerontology
The primary focus is on the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging with an emphasis on community services available to the aging population. Also listed as NU 403 and WE 403 but creditable only in field for which registered (Fall, Spring, Summer).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 410) Social Change
The historical aspects of sociocultural change; relationship among economic, psychological, and sociological variables; concepts, processes, and theories; comparative analysis of sociocultural changes in developed and developing societies (Fall, even-numbered years)

(SO 421) Divided Cultures: A Study of Minority Groups
This course examines how race, ethnic, and gender differences influence the distribution of and access to opportunity structures in society. Characteristics of global stratification systems, processes of differentiation and ranking and how these processes influence minority groups are explored. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

(SO 423) History of Social Thought
Theory and methodology in social thought from ancient times to the present (Fall, taught in Summer with sufficient enrollment).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 428) Modern Sociological Theory

A systematic analysis of trends and developments in sociological theory since the 1920's, with emphasis on current theory and its relationship to research (Spring).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 430) Law and Society
Analysis of the creation and functioning of law as an element of culture and how law, in its many cultural forms, affects the structure of social institutions and human behavior (Fall, even numbered years).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(FS 401) Family Life Education
The purpose of the course is to increase students’ understanding of the unique issues that children, youth, and families face and to help them to identify and apply appropriate research-based curricula that will help improve the quality of life of the families they serve. Students will become familiar with how to identify quality research-based programs, establish program goals, implement quality family life education programs, and evaluate programs for effectiveness. Also listed as HES 401. Prerequisite: SO/WS 223 Marriage & Family AND 3 additional credit of a CFLE approved course. (Fall, even-numbered years)

(SO/PY 442) Social Psychology
The psychology of groups and their influences on the individual. Also listed as PY 442 but creditable only in the field for which registered (Spring, taught in Summer with sufficient enrollment).  This course is available via distance learning/Internet.

(SO 443) Social Psychology of Intimate Relationships
Social psychological analysis of the development, maintenance, and dissolution of intimate relationships such as friendship, courtship and marriage. Theoretical and empirical examinations of structural, cultural and personal factors affecting attraction, bonding, negotiations of power and gender roles, and conflict, as well as social implications and ramifications of intimacy are discussed. Also listed as WS 443 but creditable only in the field for which registered (Fall, odd-numbered years).  Prerequisite:  SO 221 or SO/WS 223.

(SO 495) Internship in Sociological Practice
The internship opportunity affords Sociology majors the opportunity to put concepts, theory and methods into practice through direct involvement with supervisory personnel in professional work environments related to Sociology. Internships involve 150 hours of direct contact work and must be completed during one regular semester or a regular summer term. Prerequisites: completion of general core curriculum, minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80; senior status as defined by hours completed (i.e., 96-128 credit hours); approval of the Sociology Department Chair (Fall, Spring, and 8 Week Summer Term).

(SO 499) Independent Study-Practicum
Open to senior majors on approval of the department chair. Provides for independent study, research, or practical experiences under departmental determination, supervision, and evaluation (Fall, Spring, Summer).