SOC 1010. Principles of Sociology (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Elements and concepts of social organization, social change and group relationships. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) social sciences requirement.
SOC 1930Q. Inquiry in Individuals and Society (3). Fall, Spring. This course introduces students to methods of inquiry in the discipline of sociology. The course emphasizes how individual experiences and life changes are shaped by the social world, including the social groups to which individuals belong, the major institutions of society in which they are embedded, and the particular times and places in which they live. The course also emphasizes the socially constructed nature of social reality as well as critical thinking about issues of diversity and inequality across groups in society. Credit not given for both SOC 1930Q and SOC 1010. Prerequisite: Open only to Freshman students.
SOC 2020. Social Problems (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Sociological analysis of contemporary social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) social sciences requirement.
SOC 2100. Sociology of Religion (3). Role of religion in society; influence of religion upon society and effects of social structure on religious beliefs. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 2310. Cultural Anthropology (3). Basic concepts and objectives in study of culture. Range of cultural phenomena and approaches to their study. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) social sciences and international perspective requirements.
SOC 2680. Introductory Methodology (3). Fall, Spring. Survey course on research methods in sociology: nature of science, theory construction, operationalization of a research problem, alternative research designs (including evaluation), instrumentation, data collection and data analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor.
SOC 2690. Introductory Statistics (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Data presentation, measures of dispersion, correlation, regression, probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 3000. Topics in Sociology (1-3). Courses being considered for offering on regular basis. See class schedule for listing. May be repeated. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 3010. Social Psychology (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Social behavior; process of interaction and interpersonal influence. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) social sciences requirement.
SOC 3020. Introduction to Sociological Theory (3). Fall, Spring. Major theories and concepts of sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 3120. Population and Society (3). Fall, Spring. Population growth and distribution; bearing on current economic, political and social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) social sciences requirement. Approved for distance education.
SOC 3130. Fertility and Family Planning (3). Spring. Sociological causes and consequences of human fertility patterns with emphasis on trends and differentials in the United States, including: fertility decision making, value and costs of children, contraception and abortion, unplanned parenthood, voluntary childlessness, illegitimacy, sex education and related public policies. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 3160. Minority Groups (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Analysis of ethnic and minority groups in American society; conditions that favor and hinder acceptance of such groups as integral elements in national population. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) cultural diversity in the United States requirement.
SOC 3170. Social Stratification and Poverty (3). Spring. Inequalities in distributions of wealth, power and prestige in societies. Types of systems of inequality; caste, estate, class. Consequences of inequalities for society as a whole and for segments of society; educational-occupational opportunities, racial-ethnic relations, social mobility, social change. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 3190. Alcohol and Public Policy (3). Fall, Spring, and Summer. This course addresses the social aspects of alcohol abuse with respect to the incidence, causes, and social control of problematic drinking. Policy issues considered include those relating to harm reduction, prevention, treatment, and intervention strategies. Other topics include fact and fiction about alcohol, the treatment of alcoholism as a disease, binge drinking, and new methods used to treat alcoholism in other countries. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 3400. Deviance and Social Control (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. History of attempts to define and explain deviant behavior. Social conditions and processes associated with careers of deviants; relationship of deviancy to problems of social control. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) social sciences requirement.
SOC 3410. Juvenile Delinquency (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Analysis and processes of development, treatment, prevention and control of juvenile delinquency. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 3610. The Family (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Traditional and contemporary family types; current similarities and differences of family organization in various cultural environments. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) social sciences requirement.
SOC 3710. Applied Survey Research (3). Practical experience in survey research in an applied context: policy issues, problem formulation, measurement, questionnaire-interview design, sampling procedures, data collection, electronic data processing, interpretation and report writing. Prerequisites: SOC 1010, SOC 3680 and SOC 3690 or consent of instructor.
SOC 4040. Sociology of Aging (3). An understanding of the effects of age and aging on human behavior, including social context older adults experience, social policies affecting older adults, economics of aging, family relations of older adults, retirement, and widowhood. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 4140. Society and the Environment (3). Fall. Present issues and problems of human environment from a sociological perspective. Special emphasis on analysis of the present problems of resources, pollution, technology, population, consumerism and the use of energy.
SOC 4170. Sociology of Sport (3). Fall, Spring. Sociological concepts and theories to investigate sport as social institution and relationship to other social institutions; organizational theory and small group research applied to sport; social psychological aspects of sports. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 4190. Population and Development (3). Sociological approaches to understanding relationship between population trends and poverty in developing societies. Issues include food supplies, birth control, urbanization.
SOC 4200. Introduction to Demographic Techniques (3). Fall or Spring. Methods of measurement for enumeration and registration data; construction of life tables; measures of fertility, nuptiality, migration, and mortality; examination of census variables. Prerequisites: SOC 1010, SOC 3680, and SOC 3690, or consent of instructor.
SOC 4270. Introduction to Applied Demography (3). Fall or Spring. An Introduction to the field of applied demography with a focus on the source and accuracy of demographic information, computer techniques used in accessing census data and an overview of key demographic tools.
SOC 4410. Criminology (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Definition, measurement, and correlates of crime. Classical and contemporary theories of crime causation. Societal responses to crime, offenders, and victims. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 4420. Corrections (3). Fall, Spring. Historical, philosophical, and sociological analysis of strategies and institutions designed to punish and change the behavior of criminal offenders. Prerequisite: SOC 4410.
SOC 4450. Soc Perspectives Interpersonal Violence (3). Spring. Survey of social scientific theory, research and policy on interpersonal violence. Contemporary issues on violence including homicide, sexual assault, intimate partner and family violence and youth and gang violence. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 4600. Sociology of Gender (3). Theoretical and empirical literature on family and sex roles; socialization, changing nature of women’s and men’s roles, and prospects for future. Institutional sources of women’s and men’s roles in other cultures. Prerequisite: SOC 1010. Credit only allowed for one of SOC 4600 or WS 4600.
SOC 4610. Sociology of Family Violence (3). Fall, Spring. Current research and theoretical perspectives on family violence: spouse battering; marital rape; sibling violence; incest; child abuse. Sex roles, family ideologies, social structures, power relations examined as constituting the basis of family conflict and violence between family members. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.
SOC 4700. Readings, Research and Internship (1-8). Fall, Spring, Summer. Supervised independent work in selected areas. Extensive reading of more advanced literature, planned research or field placement in an approved setting. May be repeated, but cannot exceed a total of 12 hours. Prerequisites: junior standing and a minimum of 12 hours of accumulated credit in regularly scheduled SOC courses. Prior written permission of instructor and department chair required. Graded S/U.
SOC 4710. Applied Sociology Experience (1-6). Fall, Spring, Summer. Supervised field experience in an applied sociology setting. May be repeated up to nine credit hours maximum. Prerequisite: departmental permission.
SOC 4800. Senior Seminar (3). Spring. Capstone seminar in sociology for senior majors. Integrates knowledge from previous sociology courses. Students carry out research project under direction of faculty member of choice. Prerequisite: senior major status. May be repeated.
SOC 4890. Internship (1-5). Fall, Spring, Summer. Provides practical experience in applied sociology such as criminology, human services, population studies, community planning and survey research. May be repeated. Only five hours may be applied to SOC major or minor. Prerequisite: 12 hours in SOC. Graded S/U.
SOC 4950. Workshop on Current Topics (1-4). Intensive educational experience on selected topics. Typically, an all-day or similar concentrated time format. Requirements usually completed within time format. May be repeated if topics differ, on approval of adviser.