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Sociology

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

The scientific study of patterns and processes of human social relations.

SOC 105: Understanding Human Diversity

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Americans live in a complex and diverse society. This course examines the nature, impact, and strategies for dealing with diversity in personal and social contexts.

SOC 203: The Criminal Justice System

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

This course examines origin, nature, and utilization of criminal law; policing, court adjudication and sentencing; jails and prisons; community based corrections and criminal justice policy. 

SOC 231: Marriage and Family Relationships

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Marriage and family from an institutional and relationship perspective; cross-cultural diversity, mate selection, marital dynamics, parenting, divorce, remarriage and emerging patterns. 

SOC 301: Sociological Methods

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

The methods of research and investigation in sociology and the social sciences.
Prerequisite: SOC 101. 

SOC 303: Crime and Deviance

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

The nature and causes of crime as well as of behavior defined as socially deviant, including violent, corporate, political crimes; sexual, cultural and political deviance.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 and 203.

SOC 305: Crime and Women

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Exploration of social, cultural and political variables that create both women victims and women criminals.  

SOC 306: Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Theory and history of delinquency; relationship to family, peer groups, schools, gangs, drugs, young offenders legislation, juvenile courts and police response and youth corrections. 

SOC 308: Popular Culture

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Advertising, television, music, novels, and the news are among the topics to be investigated for their social significance.

SOC 310: Social and Cultural Theory

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Examine from classical to contemporary theory in sociology and anthropology.
Course also available as ANTHR 310.

SOC 352: Social Psychology

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

General and applied psychological principles of the individual’s interaction with a group. 
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100 or permission of instructor.

SOC 353: Penology

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

The history and role of corrections; correctional practice, relationship to law, prison society, working in prisons, special needs of prisoners, capital punishment, administration and privatization. 
Prerequisite: SOC 101 and 203.

SOC 355: Political Sociology

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Analysis of the major sociological variables associated with political decision-making and other political processes. 

SOC 356: Social Stratification

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Inquire into inequalities of wealth, power, and the consequence for individuals and society. 
Prerequisite: SOC 101 and 310.

SOC 358: Film and Society

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

An in-depth look at the images of social life and social life and social relationships contained in popular movies. Requirements and listing of movies will be provided.

SOC 404: Poverty

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Poverty in the United States, its measurement and extent, perpetuating conditions, lifestyle and anti-poverty programs.

SOC 407: Family Violence

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

The extent, seriousness, and impact of the major forms of domestic violence.

SOC 409: Victimology

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Study of the victim's role in criminal transactions. Examination of individuals and groups as victims of officially defined crime, as well as other social injuries not officially defined as crime. 

SOC 410: Structural and Elite Crime

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Examination of crimes and social injuries perpetrated by organizational structures that do physical or economic harm to the environment, their employees, and their customers. 

SOC 411: Police and Society

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

The history and role of police; including patrol officers, detectives, specialty units, police discretion, women in policing, community policing, private policing, corruption, brutality, accountability. 
Prerequisite: SOC 101.

SOC 414: Serial Murder

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Examines serial murder in historical and contemporary contexts and assesses current control strategies including forensic science and profiling.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 and 203.

SOC 415: Forensic Criminology

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Course introduces students to variable aspects of Medico legal Death Investigation. Students will learn about investigating deaths caused by homicide, suicide, accidents, and natural causes.

SOC 416: Crime and the Mind

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Examination of crime as an ongoing aspect of human existence.
Also available as ANTHR 416.

SOC 420: Explaining Crime

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Examination of major sociological explanations of crime and their policy implications. 
Prerequisite: SOC 101 and SOC 203.

SOC 422: Terrorism and Mass Murder

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Examines mass murder, genocide, and terrorism around the world and assesses current control initiatives.
Prerequisite SOC 101 and 203.

SOC 432: Organization Theory

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Prevailing theoretical model of large organizations and suggested alternatives. 

SOC 440: Correctional Administration

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Major issues in correctional administration including the history and theories of corrections in the U.S. are analyzed. 
Prerequisite: Sociology major.

SOC 492: Research

3 semester-hour credits - Tuition $525.00

Qualitative and quantitative methods and designs in sociological research. 

SOC 494: Field Experience

3 semester-hour credits (by arrangement with Department Chair) - Tuition $175.00 per credit

Practical on-the-job experience in an approved agency setting. 
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Student must provide name, address and telephone number of agency contact person at the time of registration. Approval only after instructor confirms placement with agency contact person. Written assignments also required. ​

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