Course Descriptions



Introduction to Sociology

Credit(s): 3

This course presents the fundamental principles affecting human social systems. The concepts of traditional as well as contemporary theorists will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the forces governing groups and the conditions that transform social life. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Social Problems

Credit(s): 3

This course applies sociological concepts and methods of analysis to current social problems in the United States. Topics of study include issues such as racism, social inequality, crime and environmental degradation. This course is recommended for students entering the fields of sociology, counseling, social work and justice studies. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Cultural Diversity

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of diversity within the contemporary U.S. population. It will examine historical and contemporary experiences from perspectives of both women and men of diverse races, ethnicities, social class, religions, sexual orientation, ages, and abilities. Students will explore their particular inherited and constructed traditions, identify communities and significant life experiences while learning from the varied experiences and perspectives of those who are different. Students will become more aware of the nature of personal, institutional, and societal inequalities and the processes leading to a more equitable society. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical consciousness and to explore ways of empowering to help eliminate ideologies of unequal treatment. This course will develop an extended and collaborative dialogue about past, present, and future U.S. democratic aspirations and foster a respect for people's life experiences while teaching skills needed to function in today's diverse and increasingly interconnected global society. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: College level reading and writing


Drug Abuse: Fact, Fiction, & the Future

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to provide information about drugs, their effects, and the laws and social implications relative to them. Students will learn about the causes of drug abuse, treatment modalities, community resources, alternatives, and problem solving skills. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Marriage and Family

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to help students understand more about marriage and family life processes. Students will examine values, needs, and responsibilities as they relate to intimacy, the selection of partners, cohabitation and marriage, family planning choices, parenting, family economics, and interpersonal communication. Students will also address the issues of family violence, divorce, and the restructuring of new families. This course will be helpful to those who wish to have more knowledge about relationship, marriage, and family issues or those who are entering such fields as counseling and social work. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: College level reading and writing skills
Recommended: SOC-101


Introduction to Criminology

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces students to the study of criminology by exploring a broad range of issues related to crime and criminal behavior. The course reviews the theoretical foundations and relevant research for understanding the causes of crime, criminal behavior, and systems of punishment within society. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Recommended: SOC-101 or SOC-102


Race and Ethnic Relations

Credit(s): 3

This course examines the historical and current social construction of race and ethnicity in shaping social relations within the United States and globally. The primary focus of this course is to explore racial and ethnic inequalities by applying sociological theoretical perspectives. This course will be helpful for individuals seeking to understand the changing racial and ethnic demographics of the United States and globally, as well to those going into sociology, social work, health care, political science, criminal justice or counseling fields. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Recommended: SOC-101


Death and Dying

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces the concepts, attitudes and social dynamics of death and dying, including various cultural perspectives. Topics include demographics, who dies and why, suicide, treatment of the dying and dead, religious and legal perspectives, stages of dying, caregiving, grief, and bereavement. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Introduction to Sociology of Gender

Credit(s): 3

This course explores ideas about gender and gendered systems of relationships embedded in society, politics, economics, culture, history, and media in the United States. From a variety of sociological perspectives and theories, it sets out to explore gender constructions by using the sociological imagination to investigate contemporary gender-related social problems. It also looks at the various ways in which gendered institutions have been produced and perpetuated to maintain specific power dynamics and hierarchies. Additionally, this course looks at the ways in which gender ideologies intersect with other socially and culturally constructed categories of identity such as race, class, sexuality, and disability. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Recommended: SOC-101, ENGL-101