Sociology Courses

Undergraduate

SOC 201 The Sociological Imagination

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

The social world is often taken for granted or reduced to explanations that stem from conventional wisdom and personal experience. This course is designed to encourage students to develop social scientific frameworks for analyzing the social world in a context that transcends conventional wisdom and personal experience. The major question is "What are the social forces operating in society and often beyond the control of individuals that shape individual behaviors and societal changes?" Topics include culture, socialization, social and economic inequalities, social structure, organizational behavior, social groups, deviance, and social institutions (e.g., family, religion, education, and political economy).

SOC 201 The Sociological Imagination

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $995.40

The social world is often taken for granted or reduced to explanations that stem from conventional wisdom and personal experience. This course is designed to encourage students to develop social scientific frameworks for analyzing the social world in a context that transcends conventional wisdom and personal experience. The major question is "What are the social forces operating in society and often beyond the control of individuals that shape individual behaviors and societal changes?" Topics include culture, socialization, social and economic inequalities, social structure, organizational behavior, social groups, deviance, and social institutions (e.g., family, religion, education, and political economy). .

SOC 245 Criminology

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $995.40

This course is an introduction to the field of criminology with special emphasis on theories of crime, kinds of criminals, victimology, and the criminal justice system. Special topics examined include gangs, white collar crimes, property crimes, victimless crimes, and organized crime.

SOC 245 Criminology

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This class is an introduction to the field of criminology with special emphasis on theories of crime, kinds of criminals, and victimology. Special topics examined include gangs, white collar crimes, property crimes, victimless crimes, and organized crime.

SOC 245 Criminology

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

This class is an introduction to the field of criminology with special emphasis on theories of crime, kinds of criminals, and victimology. Special topics examined include gangs, white collar crimes, property crimes, victimless crimes, and organized crime.

SOC 251 Social Problems

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

The course is designed to provide the student with a survey of selected contemporary social problems. Social problems addressed in the class may include poverty, addiction and substance abuse, mental health, violence with a focus on family violence, crime, teen sexuality and pregnancy, and health care issues. The causes, severity, and consequences of the selected social problems are explored. In addition, social welfare strategies for alleviating social problems are presented.

SOC 251 Social Problems

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This is designed to provide the student with a survey of selected contemporary social problems. Social problems addressed in the class may include poverty, addiction and substance abuse, mental health, violence with a focus on family violence, crime, teen sexuality and pregnancy, and health care issues. The causes, severity, and consequences of the selected social problems are explored. In addition, social welfare strategies for alleviating social problems are presented. Prerequisite: SOC 201: The Sociological Imagination.

SOC 279 Special Topics: Service Learning in Sociology

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

Students volunteer to provide community service in a human services or criminal justice agency setting. Students volunteer time and effort in exchange for practical experience. .

SOC 315 Sociology of Education

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course explores the relationship between education and society, with special emphasis on the effects of this relationship on the lives of students in the American education system.

SOC 318 Race, Class, and Gender - Online

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

The focus of this course is on the interrelated, ascribed statuses of race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation in American society, how they are perceived and reinforced, the social tensions that result, and the dynamics of change.

SOC 318 Race, Class, and Gender

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

The focus of this course is on the interrelated, ascribed statuses of race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation in American society, how they are perceived and reinforced, the social tensions that result, and the dynamics of change.

SOC 320 Marriages and Families

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  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course will provide an overview of the family from a sociological perspective. The family is considered to be one of the most private and pervasive institutions in society. All of us have had contact with at least one family, and many of us will be involved in several different families during our lifetime. Our experiences point to the numerous transformations in family life. To obtain a better understanding of these changes, recent sociological research and data on the family will be utilized in this course. In addition to examining the history of the family, the course will study the contemporary family and its diversity. The course will examine traditional marriage/family arrangements and alternative processes of mate selection and family formation. Finally, the course will examine parenting, the relationship between work and family, divorce and reconstituted families.

SOC 320 Marriages and Families

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

This course will provide an overview of the family from a sociological perspective. The family is considered to be one of the most private and pervasive institutions in society. All of us have had contact with at least one family, and many of us will be involved in several different families during our lifetime. Our experiences point to the numerous transformations in family life. To obtain a better understanding of these changes, recent sociological research and data on the family will be utilized in this course. In addition to examining the history of the family, the course will study the contemporary family and its diversity. The course will examine traditional marriage/family arrangements and alternative processes of mate selection and family formation. Finally, the course will examine parenting, the relationship between work and family, divorce and reconstituted families.

SOC 320 Marriages and Families

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $995.40

This course will provide an overview of the family from a sociological perspective. The family is considered to be one of the most private and pervasive institutions in society. All of us have had contact with at least one family, and many of us will be involved in several different families during our lifetime. Our experiences point to the numerous transformations in family life. To obtain a better understanding of these changes, recent sociological research and data on the family will be utilized in this course. In addition to examining the history of the family, the course will study the contemporary family and its diversity. The course will examine traditional marriage/family arrangements and alternative processes of mate selection and family formation. Finally, the course will examine parenting, the relationship between work and family, divorce and reconstituted families.

SOC 347 Juvenile Delinquency

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course considers the nature of delinquency, including an analysis of treatment methods and the juvenile justice system. It provides an analytical study of the statistics, trends, characteristics, and causes of juvenile delinquency. The theories of delinquency, social influences on delinquency, the history of the juvenile justice system, the juvenile justice process, and prevention models currently used in the United States will be examined.

SOC 352 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

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  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course offers information about the private troubles of individuals and families in terms of the social problems or issues that affect them. It gives the student a look at life from the standpoint of marginalized and disadvantaged people and avoids blaming the victim or blaming the society. It discusses the resilience and strengths of diverse populations-at-risk. It makes the case that human behavior is caused by many factors in reciprocal interaction. Individuals influence society just as they are influenced by society, and the troubles individuals face in their own lives are, as a rule, inseparable from the problems society experiences as a whole.

SOC 370 Poverty and Social Inequality

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines the historical and socio-cultural factors which influence the creation and maintenance of poverty and social inequality. Emphasis will be on structural influences on, and theoretical explanations of, poverty and social inequality. This course will also focus on the implications for policy and social programs aimed at poverty and other social class issues.

SOC 370 Poverty and Social Inequlity

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

This course examines the historical and socio-cultural factors which influence the creation and maintenance of poverty and social inequality. Emphasis will be on structural influences on, and theoretical explanations of, poverty and social inequality. This course will also focus on the implications for policy and social programs aimed at poverty and other social class issues.

SOC 379 Criminal Law

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $525

The course beings with an overview of the concept of punishment and goes on to study the burden of proof and criminal defenses; it also provides a critical look at the most common crimes. Students will learn common terminology in criminal law and how to consider a crime thoroughly in terms of its elements.

SOC 379 Criminal Procedure

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $525

Available online or Text-based (please specify format in "comments" section of registration form). The Section numbers are: Print: #1122; Online #1123 Link to syllabus.

SOC 379 Victim Advocacy

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $525

(Course is also available in print format.) This intensive online program is designed to train and qualify students to provide assistance to crime victims. The course provides an overview of criminal procedure and discusses the devastating effects crime can have on its victims.

SOC 379 Victim Advocacy

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $525

(Course is also available - online.)
This intensive print based program is designed to train and qualify students to provide assistance to crime victims. The course provides an overview of criminal procedure and discusses the devastating effects crime can have on its victims.

SOC 380 Family Violence

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines violence in the family from sociological and criminological perspectives. It includes the types and causes of violence in families and domestic units, especially those directed against women and children (woman battering, courtship and dating conflict, and child abuse). Throughout the various types of family violence, intervention and prevention measures are examined as well as the social and legal implications of these measures.

SOC 381 Drug Abuse and Society

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course focuses on the context and correlation of drug use, relationship with crime and delinquency, and societal reaction to drug abuse. Also discussed is the study of sociological and social psychological explanations of drug-using behaviors and of legal and medical control of drugs. Finally, topics include changes in the legal status of drugs, cross-cultural and historical variations in the control of drugs, and social epidemiology of drug use in contemporary society will be examined.

SOC 382 Victimology

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course is an in-depth study of the many facets of crime victimization including the crime victim, the offender, society-at-large, and the dynamics of the victim-offender relationship. Additionally, the social, economic, and demographic variables associated with crime victims as well as victimization rates will be addressed. Finally, crime victim assistance programs, victim compensation, and victim participation in the criminal justice process will be discussed. Prerequisite: SOC 201 The Sociological Imagination.

SOC 395 Pre-Professional Seminar

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $663.60

This course provides an introduction to the profession of sociology and the various career options available to graduates. Occupational and graduate school options are explored in detail. Informational job interviewing, resume development, and professional correspondence are explored. The course is also designed to prepare students for their Internship class by becoming informed about the requirements for placement in sociological, social service and criminal justice settings.

SOC 395 Pre-Professional Seminar

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $400

This course provides an introduction to the profession of sociology and the various career options available to graduates. Occupational and graduate school options are explored in detail. Informational job interviewing, resume development, and professional correspondence are explored. The course is also designed to prepare students for their Internship class by becoming informed about the requirements for placement in sociological, social service and criminal justice settings.

SOC 395 Pre-Professional Seminar

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $330

This class is a hybrid correspondence course. It is designed for two types of students; those who choose the Correspondence format and DO NOT have access to the Internet, and those who choose the Correspondence format and DO have access to the Internet. For students who DO NOT have access to the Internet, this class provides the opportunity to critically examine one’s professional goals and objectives, identify one’s job strengths and skills, develop one’s resume, and construct cover letters. For students who DO have access to the Internet, this course provides an introduction to the profession of sociology and the various career options available to graduates. Occupational and graduate school options are explored in detail. Informational job interviewing, resume development, and professional correspondence are explored. The course is also designed to prepare students for their Internship class by becoming informed about the requirements for placement in sociological, social service and criminal justice settings. Prerequisite: SOC 201: The Sociological Imagination.

SOC 401 Social Psychology

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $995.40

This course will look at Social Psychology from a sociological perspective. It will consider (1) social experience gained from the individuals’ participation in social groups, (2) interaction with others, (3) the effects of the cultural environment on both social experience and interactions with others, and (4) the emergence of social structure from these interactions. Social psychology deals with the interface between society and individuals. It explores the influence of social forces on individual behavior, repeated patterns of everyday behavior, and keys to understanding everyday actions in many areas of human conduct. No other course in sociology deals so directly with understanding the ways in which people function on a daily basis. You should expect to spend as much time on an online course as you do in a face-to-face course. As a rough guide, you should plan to spend six to ten hours per week on this course. The actual amount of time will vary from individual to individual. This estimate includes the time you spend in reading, discussions, and assignments. Prerequisite SOC 201 The Sociological Imagination with a grade of C or above.

SOC 401 Social Psychology

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

This course will look at Social Psychology from a sociological perspective. It will consider (1) social experience gained from the individuals’ participation in social groups, (2) interaction with others, (3) the effects of the cultural environment on both social experience and interactions with others, and (4) the emergence of social structure from these interactions. Social psychology deals with the interface between society and individuals. It explores the influence of social forces on individual behavior, repeated patterns of everyday behavior, and keys to understanding everyday actions in many areas of human conduct. No other course in sociology deals so directly with understanding the ways in which people function on a daily basis. You should expect to spend as much time on an online course as you do in a face-to-face course. As a rough guide, you should plan to spend six to ten hours per week on this course. The actual amount of time will vary from individual to individual. This estimate includes the time you spend in reading, discussions, and assignments. The minimum course completion is 6 weeks from date of enrollment and a maximum course completion deadline of one year from the date of registration.

SOC 401 Social Psychology

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course will look at Social Psychology from a sociological perspective. It will consider (1) social experience gained from the individuals' participation in social groups, (2) interaction with others, (3) the effects of the cultural environment on both social experience and interactions with others, and (4) the emergence of social structure from these interactions. Social psychology deals with the interface between society and individuals. It explores the influence of social forces on individual behavior, repeated patterns of everyday behavior, and keys to understanding everyday actions in many areas of human conduct. No other course in sociology deals so directly with understanding the ways in which people function on a daily basis. Prerequisite SOC 201 The Sociological Imagination with a grade of C or above.

SOC 419 Gender and Society

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

The aim of the course is for students to become familiar with the continuing differences and inequalities between women and men in the contemporary United States, and to begin to explain why and how they occur. Understanding gender as it relates to race, class, and sexual orientation is an important organizing framework of the course. The gendered arrangements in a variety of social contexts such as the schools, the media, the family, the economy, religion and health will be studied. Prerequisite: SOC 201: The Sociological Imagination.

SOC 419 Gender and Society

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

The aim of the course is for students to become familiar with the continuing differences and inequalities between women and men in the contemporary United States, and to begin to explain why and how they occur. Understanding gender as it relates to race, class, and sexual orientation is an important organizing framework of the course. The gendered arrangements in a variety of social contexts such as the schools, the media, the family, the economy, religion and health will be studied. Prerequisite: SOC 201: The Sociological Imagination.

SOC 445 Sociological Theory

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

This course covers the major theories of society in their classical and contemporary forms. This course is a requirement for the sociology major and an option for the sociology minor. It is a useful elective.

SOC 445 Sociological Theory

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course is covers the major theories of society in their classical and contemporary forms. This course is a requirement for the sociology major and an option for the sociology minor. It is a useful elective for any major.

SOC 447 Correctional Systems

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

This course will focus on corrections as one of the components of the American criminal justice system and its operation within a democratic form of government. The philosophical and historical underpinnings of punishment and corrections will be analyzed and compared (e.g., punishment vs. rehabilitation. The effects of "race," class, and gender will be considered.

SOC 447 Correctional Systems

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course will focus on corrections as one of the components of the American criminal justice system and its operation within a democratic form of government. The philosophical and historical underpinnings of punishment and corrections will be analyzed and compared (e.g., punishment vs. rehabilitation. The effects of "race," class, and gender will be considered.

SOC 455 Sociological Research Methods

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $800

Many sociology students across the U.S. look upon the Methods course with disdain, dread, fear, and/or loathing. You needn't! This is a step-by-step course in which you learn about research methods by actually doing a research proposal. First, students will be instructed in the fundamentals of research design and implementation, including ethical considerations. Students will read and study the research proposals of selected sociologists. Then students will engage in hands-on proposals to practice research methods. Finally, students will design a research proposal. Components of the proposal include: a) the Worksheet: Designing a Research Question, b) Introduction and Bibliography, c) Literature Review, d) Methods, and e) Findings and Conclusion. During the computer lab segment of the course, students will learn and practice analyzing data from the General Social Survey (GSS) and from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) 2000 data using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). By the end of the class, you will have a clearer understanding of the complexities and joys of doing sociological research. Prerequisites: SOC 311 Social Statistics with a minimum grade of C AND Junior status.

SOC 455 Sociological Research Methods

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $660

Many sociology students across the U.S. look upon the Methods course with disdain, dread, fear, and/or loathing. You needn't! This is a step-by-step course in which you learn about research methods by actually doing a research proposal. First, students will be instructed in the fundamentals of research design and implementation, including ethical considerations. Students will read and study the research proposals of selected sociologists. Then students will engage in hands-on proposals to practice research methods. Finally, students will design a research proposal. Components of the proposal include: a) the Worksheet: Designing a Research Question, b) Introduction and Bibliography, c) Literature Review, d) Methods, and e) Findings and Conclusion. During the computer lab segment of the course, students will learn and practice analyzing data from the General Social Survey (GSS) and from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) 2000 data using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). By the end of the class, you will have a clearer understanding of the complexities and joys of doing sociological research. Prerequisites: SOC 311 Social Statistics with a minimum grade of C AND Junior status.

SOC 470 Social Welfare Policy

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

Prerequisite: Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Analyzes the historical development, current content, and adequacy of social welfare policies in the United States. Special emphasis is placed on policy areas such as antipoverty, income security and redistribution, mental health, and aging.

SOC 480 Terrorism

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

This course seeks to understand the origin of terrorism. This course has been designed to analyze the ever-changing society with the influence of terrorism. A survey of different terrorist attacks will be examined. This course will take a multicultural perspective as different groups of people are studied and the threat of terrorism is applied. This course will also offer practical approaches to dealing with the threat of terrorism.

SOC 480 Terrorism

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course seeks to understand the origin of terrorism. This course has been designed to analyze the ever changing society with the influence of terrorism. A survey of different terrorist attacks will be examined. This course will take a multicultural perspective as different groups of people are studied and the threat of terrorism is applied. This course will also offer practical approaches to dealing with the threat of terrorism.

SOC 493 Internship in Social Welfare

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

Students are placed in a supervised internship with a human services agency in the community. Students volunteer time and effort in exchange for practical experience. Service areas suitable for internship placements include social services for families and children, community mental health, domestic violence treatment and prevention, emergency services for the homeless, social services for the elderly in institutional settings, and hospice services, to mention only a few possibilities. .

SOC 494 Internship in Criminology

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

Students are placed in a supervised internship with a criminal justice or law enforcement agency in the community. Students volunteer time and effort in exchange for practical experience. Service areas suitable for internship placements include city and county law enforcement, state highway patrol, residential facilities for juveniles, juvenile diversion, and adult probation, to mention only a few possibilities. .