SO 120 Life in Society (3)
Designed as an introductory course in the social sciences for the general student, as well as, preparing social science majors for advanced work in their respective majors, this course content will examine the diversity of human societies by understanding the nature of culture and its impact on social life. Variation in the structure and dynamics of organizations, communities, and societies will also be addressed in the course. Additionally, major theoretical perspectives from the social science disciplines will be introduced, as well as, substantial attention given to issues of globalization and cross-cultural comparisons.
SO 235 Social Problems (3)
The purpose of this course is to facilitate increased awareness and understanding of social problems in the United States and throughout the world. Sociological theories, research and movements will be addressed in recognizing social problems and generating possible strategies for action. Problems of well being, human diversity, inequality and modernization will be examined. The course will encourage value clarification and critical thinking in resolving current social problems. Prerequisite: SW/SO 120 and PY 110.
SO 239 Marriage and Family Life (3)
An exploration of American family life from its historical structure and functions to variations in contemporary society. Issues of gender rules, parenting, communication, sexuality and economics as impacting family functioning are discussed along with the effects of domestic violence, divorce and separation, remarriage and blended families.
SO 265 Cultural Diversity (3)
The goal of the course is to expand one’s knowledge and understanding of living, working and relating in a culturally diverse society. Diversity will be examined on local, national and global fronts including the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination as well as strategies for change that advance social and economic justice. Issues such as ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, mental/physic ability, and social class will be explored.
SO 270 Sociological History of Sports in the United States (3)
This course will examine the development and modernization of sports in the United States from colonial times to the present and the sociocultural factors which have affected their growth.
SO 310 Social Psychology (3)
An analysis of individual, group, and collective behavior from both psychological perspectives. Topics include general theories, methods, and empirical data on attribution, social perception, attitude formation and conformity. Prerequisite: PY 110 (not open to freshmen).
SO 320 Sociology of Sport (3)
Contemporary sport from a sociological perspective. Topics will include the discussion of the relationship of sport to social institutions, the individual’s socialization into sport, and stratification factors within sports. Offered in alternate years.
SO 361 Delinquency Prevention and Control (3)
A critical evaluation of delinquency causation theories and the social structures and their interrelationship with delinquency prevention and control. Prerequisite: CJ 111 and SO 120.
SO 471 Criminology (3)
An analysis of the sociocultural factors leading to crime with an emphasis on crime causation theories and methods used to prevent and control criminal behavior. Prerequisite: CJ 111 and SO 120.
SO 496 Readings
Through a readings program, students may explore the literature of a specific field in preparation for a later independent research project, can fill a void in their background, or can read the literature of a subject for its own value. In all cases, the program is directed toward some specific goal or purpose. The student is expected to submit application through a faculty supervisor.
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