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SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology
03 Semester Credits
Survey of the principles, sociological perspectives, theories, concepts, and research methods used in the field. Intensive study of concepts such as culture, social interaction, organization, norms, statuses, roles, social stratification, and application of sociology to current events.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.
OAN Approved: OSS021

SOC-1020 Social Institutions
03 Semester Credits
Examination of major social institutions; the family, religion, education, polity, economy, and mass communications; employing principles, concepts, theories and research methods.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SSCI-1030 Introduction to Social Science I, or ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology. 

SOC-179H Honors Contract in Sociology
01 Semester Credit
Honors Contract complements and exceeds the requirements and objectives for an existing SOC 1000-level honors course through the formulation of a contract with a faculty mentor. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate a contract, which upon completion will result in distinctive scholarship. In order to complete the contract, the student is required to meet on a regularly scheduled basis with the instructor offering the contract for mentor-student tutorial sessions.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Must be taken concurrently with a 1000-level course in Sociology, whose instructor approves the Honors Contract.

SOC-2010 Social Problems
03 Semester Credits
Analysis of contemporary American social problems such as race, poverty, drugs, sex, violence, crime and delinquency. Sociological approach used to understand underlying factors and history of problems, and to evaluate individual and societal solutions.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology, or SSCI-1030 Introduction to Social Science I, or ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology.

SOC-201H Honors Social Problems
03 Semester Credits
In-depth sociological analysis of contemporary social problems in the United States, cross-cultural solutions and their implications for individuals, social institutions and society. Emphasis on application of sociological imagination, sociological theories and multiple research methods to understand social forces that promote social inequalities and their consequences, based on race/ethnicity, gender, social class and other factors. Course culminates in student’s clarification and appraisal of personal values, and formulation of personal strategy to influence social policy and affect change regarding a specific social problem examined in the course.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology or SOC-101H Honors Introdcutory Sociology, and eligibility for ENG-101H Honors College Composition I.

SOC-2020 Sociology of the Family
03 Semester Credits
Historical, comparative, and contemporary analysis of marriages and families and their relationship to other social institutions.   Sociological perspectives used to understand social, psychological and economic aspects of intimate interpersonal relations across the lifecourse and among a variety of lifystyles and cultures.
Lecture 03 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Pyschology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology, or ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology.

SOC-2051 Introduction to Social Welfare
03 Semester Credits
Surveys history, functioning, and social issues of social welfare system relating them to broader American socio-economic and political systems. Special focus on problems of economically and socially disadvantaged groups.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology. 

SOC-2060 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
03 Semester Credits
Social work perspective on human development across the life cycle. Human diversity approach consistent with the needs of social work students preparing for practice.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology; and PSY-1010 General Psychology or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology. 

SOC-2070 Poverty in the United States
03 Semester Credits
Survey of social and personal dimensions of life in the inner city and other areas of poverty in United States. For person wishing to develop an in-depth understanding and/or intending to work in such areas.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-2050 Introduction to Social Welfare. 

SOC-2100 Aging and Society
03 Semester Credits
Cross-cultural examination of social, biological and psychological process of aging. Societies studied with regards to social characteristics of older citizens, their social roles and relations with various social institutions, friends and voluntary associations. Impact of social class, race, ethnicity, and religion on aging and ageism considered.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology, or  ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology. 

SOC-2110 Death and Dying
03 Semester Credits
Examination of death and dying through a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the connection of death and dying in various contexts: sociological, ethical, medical, legal, psychological, and religious.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology, or ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology. 

SOC-2150 Deviance
03 Semester Credits
Examination of nature of deviance, theories, social and societal reactions. Different types of deviant behavior examined, including sexual deviance, criminal homicide, drugs, medical deviance and other forms of deviant behavior.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology. 

SOC-2160 Introduction to Criminology
03 Semester Credits
To develop a sociological framework for examining crime. Review and apply major theories of criminal behavior. Critically examine how specific behaviors and social conditions become defined as crime. Use of sociological principles to assess the criminal justice system’s ability to deter, punish, and rehabilitate offenders.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology, or SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology or  LAWE-1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice. 

SOC-2210 Dating and Intimate Relationships
03 Semester Credits
Intimate relationships studied on life course continuum from pre-teen to late adulthood, taking into consideration the profound effects exerted by ethnicity, race, gender, human sexuality, socioeconomic status, age, and place of residency. Analysis of the state, quality and issues related to various types of intimate relationships over time with emphasis on friendship, dating, cohabitation, marriage, dissolution and resolution. Students use C. Wright Mill's concepts of the sociological imagination, public issues and personal troubles to link events in society to the state of intimate relationships in America today.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology, or ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology. 

SOC-2310 Contemporary American Black-White Relations
03 Semester Credits
Sociological and psychological analysis of contemporary American black-white relations. Study of minority-majority behavior patterns as related to social-historical structure, stratification, and power. Consideration of programs, movements and alternative solutions to present conditions.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology, or ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology. 

SOC-2410 Sociology of Gender
03 Semester Credits
Analysis of the social construction of gender, gender roles, and gender stratification in American society.  Compare gender assumptions within social and cross-cultural contexts.  Examine socialization and social psychological influences on gender identify, the impact of gender in relationships, the importance of sex and gender in institutions and organizations, and the impact of recent social movements an social policies.
Lecture 03 hours.  Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s):  ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology, or SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or SOC-101H Honors Introductory Sociology, or any 2000 level course in sociaology.

SOC-2510 Urban Sociology
03 Semester Credits
Analysis of historical development of contemporary metropolis with its challenges to diversity, equality, inclusion, and change. Sociological concepts, theories and research methods used to characterize urban life and examine interrelatedness of social institutions typical of postmodern society. Cross-national comparisons drawn.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology, or ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology. 

SOC-2550 Race and Ethnic Relations
03 Semester Credits
Analysis of sources, processes, and consequences of current intergroup relations in the United States; identification of various segments of population, their history and patterns of adaptation to prejudice and discrimination; exploration of attempts to equalize power differences and structured social inequality. Includes cross-cultural comparisons.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1010 Introductory Sociology, or PSY-1010 General Psychology, or PSY-101H Honors General Psychology, or HIST-2160 African American History 1877-present, or ANTH-1010 Cultural Anthropology. 

SOC-2830 Cooperative Field Experience
01-03 Semester Credits
Limited to students in Cooperative Education Program. Employment in an approved training facility under College supervision. Requirement for one credit is 180 hours of approved work. Students may earn up to three credits in one semester. May be repeated for an accrued maximum of nine credits.
Lecture 00 hour. Laboratory 00 hours.
Other Required Hours: 180 clock hours of approved work per credit hour.
Prerequisite(s): Formal application into the Cooperative Education Program.

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