Course Descriptions

Sociology


SOC 101
Introduction to Sociology
3 credits

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and methods of the scientific study of group behavior in terms of social interactions and processes. An introduction to social psychology, socialization, personal development, culture, and personality is also offered.


SOC 201
Cultural Anthropology
3 credits

This course studies the cultural origins, development, and diversity of human beings. The dynamics of the cultural process, similarities and differences within cultures, and the implications and limitations of present research are examined

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 302
Marriage and the Family
3 credits

This course introduces the subjects of marriage and the family from a sociological perspective. It includes an examination and comparison of patterns of behavior surrounding these institutions historically and cross-culturally, with an emphasis on contemporary U.S. society. Students are encouraged to analyze the causes and probable consequences of current trends and social problems surrounding the family. Topics explored are family violence, mate selection, romantic love, gender roles, sex, divorce, and the changing composition of the family

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 303
Contemporary Social Problems
3 credits

This course addresses social problems, the way people perceive social conditions, and models for analyzing social problems. Among the areas explored are mental illness; crime and delinquency; poverty; environmental issues; racial and economic tensions; and the special problems of families, gender, and aging

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 304
Ethnic Groups and Minorities
3 credits

This course is a study of the cultural diversity and history of ethnic divisions and conflicts in the United States. It provides a framework for the study of inter-group relations, prejudice and discrimination, racial differences, and possible problem solving techniques

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 305
Selected Contemporary Cultures
3 credits

This course is a survey of a selected contemporary group such as Native Americans, the Vietnamese, etc. Emphasis is on the selected group’s natural and present social environment, religion, and current world views

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 307
Women in Contemporary Society
3 credits

This course explores contemporary women from sociological, psychological, and cross-cultural perspectives. The course surveys literature, history, and philosophy pertaining to women in society

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 309
Poverty and Welfare
3 credits

This course examines poverty and current welfare assistance programs in the U.S. against a background of conflicting values, attitudes, and experience accumulated over hundreds of years. It includes discussion of how today’s economic factors affect the incidence of poverty. Current federally supported programs, the political and social context that produced them, and policy choices for the future are also studied

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 310
Men in Contemporary Society
3 credits

This course explores contemporary man from sociological, psychological, and cross-cultural perspectives. This course surveys literature, history, and philosophy pertaining to men in society

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 312
Community Health & Social Issues
3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of community health and the social issues that influence the overall health of the community. Students will learn the principles of community health, review human behaviors associated with community health, assess environmental influences that contribute to the overall health of a community, and become familiar with the roles of community agencies related to community health

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 318
Social Change
3 credits

This course begins by describing recent social changes in America, and more broadly, the world. It analyzes these changes in terms of type and degree, and offers theories of how change is created, concluding with speculation about the future

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or PSY 101


SOC 320
Society and Technology
3 credits

This course examines the critical role of technology’s effects on society and the effects of culture on the role of technology in that society

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 324
Health, Society and Culture
3 credits

This course explores approaches to health and healing, with emphasis on related cultural factors and beliefs. Systems such as homeopathy, Chinese medicine, and other alternative or complementary medical approaches are considered

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 325
Myth, Ritual, Psychotherapy
3 credits

This course is devoted to the exploration of the relationship between human culture and consciousness. It will explore the sacred symbols emerging from the human psyche and revealed in myth and ritual. Areas of study include psychology and the symbolism of rebirth; the therapeutic potential of myth and ritual; the relationship of myth to personality structure, world views, and values

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 330
Sociology of Sex and Gender
3 credits

This course will explore the historical foundations and the contemporary patterns producing the sex/gender system. Areas of discussion will include traditional and transitional female/male roles in all institutions of society, including the family, workplace, religion, education and government. PreRequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 331
Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences
3 credits

This course addresses the information literacy, research methods, and academic journals used in the Behavioral Sciences, and the writing requirements demanded of Behavioral Sciences professionals. Students will be introduced to various research methods used in the Behavioral Science field and instructed in the writing requirements of Behavioral Science programs, and the field in general. In addition, students will be oriented to information literacy of Behavioral Science-related materials on the Internet

Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101 OR SOC 101) GPA 1.67 AND (ENG 101 AND ENG 102) GPA 1.67


SOC 333
Organizational and Corporate Crime
3 credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of organizational and/or corporate crime. Various topics are explored and contemporary cases representative of each topic are comprehensively studied. The class discusses the theoretical development of these concepts, as well as the laws and investigative techniques that have been developed to specifically address this type of criminal activity

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101, CRJ 101, PSY 101


SOC 340
Applied Research Design
3 credits

This course is an introduction to research design in the social sciences. Emphasis is on students as consumers of research. Critical reading of research and application of research findings in practice are included

Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101 or SOC 101), ENG 101, ENG 102, SOC 331 GPA 1.67 and MAT 308 GPA 1.67


SOC 350
Sociology of Disaster
3 credits

This course will focus on understanding the nature of disasters and the social impact of disaster on communities. The first decade in the 21st century has seen many major disasters, beginning in 2001 with the terrorist disaster of 9/11, in 2003 European heat wave, in 2004 the natural disasters of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that killed 230,000, in 2005 the Kashmir earthquake that killed 86,000 in Pakistan, in 2005 Hurricane Katrina, in 2007 the shootings at Virginia Tech, in 2008 the Sichuan earthquake in China, in 2010 the Russian heat wave and Haiti earthquake, in 2011 the combined natural and man-made disaster of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan which led to the meltdown of Fukushima nuclear power plant, the very destructive 2011 tornado season in the southeastern United States, and the 2011 BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Students will learn how communities plan for and respond to disasters, and the dynamics of disaster responses, including the political and economic impacts. Students will develop greater understanding of community involvement responding to disasters by completing several EMI modules.


SOC 351
Disaster and The Media
3 credits

This course will use popular movies and television coverage so as to focus on understanding the role of the media in shaping public response to disasters. Because mass media has such a presence in the everyday lives of citizens, developing knowledge of how media shapes public perceptions, and how media can be utilized to mobilize the public are at the core of this course. This course will require watching several disaster movies in class. Students will develop greater understanding of disaster response by completing several Students will develop greater understanding of disaster response by completing several Emergency Management Institute module

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of SOC 101 or PSY 101


SOC 352
Special Topics: Crisis Communications
3 credits

This course will focus on crisis communications. Students will learn how organizations and corporations manage crisis communications, understand the basics of community relations, examine corporate social responsibility programs, and learn how emergency managers implement crisis communications plans including using social media. The course will cover crisis communications theory, types of crisis, crisis communications plans, and examine a variety of crisis communications examples through case study of past examples.


SOC 401
Cultural Perspectives in Dream Exploration
3 credits

This course examines dream symbolism from the psychological and sociological perspective. Also investigated is the function of dreams in our lives and in interpreting social identity and social roles

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 402
The Role of Women in Leadership
3 credits

Current issues and trends pertaining to women and leadership will be examined from historical, sociological, psychological, political, economic, and ethical perspectives. A variety of resources will be used to analyze and synthesize issues facing women who hold or seek leadership roles. Strategies for developing leadership skills will be integrated throughout the course

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 405
Social Deviance
3 credits

The course follows the development of the sociology of deviance from 19th century functionalism to contemporary perspectives of class and politics. A varied theoretical background with emphasis on real-world approaches to social deviance is examined

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 409
Special Topics: Seminar in Applied Behavioral Science
3 credits

The Applied Senior Seminar in Behavioral Science will focus on developing professional skills and exploring career options. These skills include elements of professionalism such as interviewing skills, writing a resume, learning how to advocate, presentation skills, and understanding evaluation research. Students will use applied techniques such as writing a resume and practice interviewing skills by conducting an agency interview. Students will also conduct an evaluation study, advocate for change, and develop long term career goals. This course is limited to Behavioral Science majors. Behavioral Science majors will take this class instead of PSY 40

Prerequisite(s): SOC331, SOC340, and MAT308


SOC 411
Special Topics: Sociology of Religion
3 credits

Throughout history societies have incorporated religion as a means of establishing norms and values of societal life and provided a system of order. This course will explore the role and functions of religion and religious experiences as part of larger society. Students will explore the basics concepts of sociology of religion, discuss the role of religion in modern societies, and analyze the “social-ness” of the practice of religion itself

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101


SOC 425
Child Abuse: Recognition and Investigation
3 credits

Recognizing the varying forms of child abuse and understanding the typical profiles of child abusers, this course provides an introduction to identifying typical profiles of child abuse, the reporting requirements, and investigation processes

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or PSY 101


SOC 426
Responding and Investigation: Child Maltreatment
3 credits

This course is the second course into child advocacy. The focus of the course is on the responses of professionals to allegations of child maltreatment. The purpose of this course is to expand the student’s knowledge and skills in identifying, investigating and prosecuting child maltreatment. Students majoring in criminal justice, education, behavioral science, nursing, and other areas where knowledge of child maltreatment investigation and advocacy are necessary will receive competency based skills training such as forensic interviewing, documentation, etc

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or PSY 101


SOC 427
Responding to the Survivors of Child Abuse and Survivor Responses
3 credits

This course is the third course in the child advocacy studies series. This course will help prepare students to recognize the effects of child maltreatment and identify intervention strategies for children and their families. Multidisciplinary approaches to prevention, advocacy and treatment of survivors of child maltreatment will be presented and discussed. This course is designed for students majoring in behavioral science, psychology, criminal justice, nursing, education or legal studies or other areas where knowledge of child maltreatment and advocating for children will be necessar

Prerequisite(s): SOC 425


SOC 450
Co-Op Experience
3 credits

The student will learn from first-hand fieldwork experience. This experience will vary from student to student and from company to company. The dynamics of the relationships between student, cooperating supervisor and faculty advisor determine the richness, depth and breadth of the work experience. Prerequisites: Student needs at least 60 credits completed and a minimum GPA of 2.5. This course requires approval from the Dean and the Director of Cooperative Education.


SOC 460
Topic in Behavioral Science: Sociology of Globalization
3 credits

The Sociology of Globalization combines macro and micro-sociological views in examining the impact of globalization with a focus on understanding what globalization is, how it impacts individuals and societies, and the development of world culture. This course will analyze globalization using the perspectives of nations, organizations, and societies, and will include three globalization theories: world-system theory, world polity theory, and world culture theory

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or PSY 101


SOC 461
Women and Leadership
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to analyze the roles and responsibilities of women in leadership positions. Current issues and trends will be examined from historical, sociological, psychological, political, economical, and ethical perspectives. Analysis and synthesis will be used to apply information from a variety of resources to issues facing women who hold or seek leadership roles. Strategies for developing leadership skills will be integrated throughout the cours

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


SOC 464
Special Topics: Working in the Helping Professions
3 credits

This course will provide a general overview of human services work. The course will introduce students to the field of social work as a profession, and orient students to the fundamental values, skills, ethics, and knowledge of social work practice. The student will be introduced to various human service organizations, client groups, various problems agencies address, as well as an examination of direct services and administration/ planning of services.


SOC 468
Special Topics: Case Management
3 credits

Professionals working in various behavioral science fields are often called upon to carry case loads and utilize collaborative skills with other agencies in the community to help clients establish self-empowerment. Case Management is a comprehensive job that includes evaluating the entire psychosocial model and utilizing community resources to guide and teach clients self-advocacy and to obtain self-empowerment so that they can have success in society. This course will give students the information they need to perform these tasks including; understanding client population, performing intake and assessments, establishing goals and identifying community resources.


SOC 469
Step-Parenting & Blended Families
3 credits

This course will focus on understanding complex kinship relationships that develop through step-parenting and blended families. The course will include a discussion of various forms of parent-child relationships; parenting roles and authority as it relates to being a step-parent; understanding different variations and challenges of blended families; and various topics such as discipline, roles, communication, managing emotions, and parenting styles in blended families.


SOC 490
Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/ unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): Behavioral Science or Psychology major, PSY 101, PSY 204, PSY 300, junior status, and overall GPA 2.5 or higher


SOC 491
Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/ unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): Behavioral Science or Psychology major, PSY 101, PSY 204, PSY 300, junior status, and overall GPA 2.5 or higher


SOC 492
Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/ unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): Behavioral Science or Psychology major, PSY 101, PSY 204, PSY 300, junior status, and overall GPA 2.5 or higher


SOC 493
Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/ unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): Behavioral Science or Psychology major, PSY 101, PSY 204, PSY 300, junior status, and overall GPA 2.5 or higher


SOC 494
Internship in Behavioral Science (Behavioral Science majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/ unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course.

Prerequisite(s): Behavioral Science or Psychology major, PSY 101, PSY 204, PSY 300, junior status, and overall GPA 2.5 or higher