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SOCI 1301   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Sociology
A study of the basic concepts, principles, and processes used to analyze the structure and functions of society. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

SOCI 1302   (3-3-0)   Social Problems
A study of the major social problems in contemporary American society and an analysis of proposed approaches that attempt to address them. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

SOCI 2303   (3-3-0)   Statistics for the Social Sciences
Introductory course including elements of probability to support statistical theory. Topics include theoretical distributions, discrete and continuous variables, and tests of hypotheses. Suggested for majors in the social and behavioral sciences. TI-83 plus graphing calculator required. This course may not be used to satisfy any general studies requirements for Social Science. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405.

SOCI 2304   (3-3-0)   Marriage and Family
A study of the institution of the family, including courtship and marriage. An analysis of marriage and family life trends with a special emphasis on a Christian framework. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

SOCI 3302   (3-3-0)   Juvenile Delinquency
A study of deviant behavior by the legal minors in contemporary society, factors and conditions contributing to delinquency, control and treatment of offenders, and programs for prevention. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 3303   (3-3-0)   Development of Infants, Children and Adolescents
An interdisciplinary course emphasizing the psychosocial development of the child from conception through adolescence. A study is made of the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development of the child. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 3305   (3-3-0)   Internship in Sociology I (S-L)
A supervised field placement with a Christian or secular social agency. This course provides the student with an opportunity of integrating theory and classroom learning with actual field experience. The placement may be at the individual, family group, or community levels in diverse setting. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or 1302, or concurrent enrollment in SOCI 1302.

SOCI 3306   (3-3-0)   Study of Aging
An examination of aging in relation to sociology, psychology, biology, law, political science, literature, religion, recreation, and health. Special emphasis is placed on an understanding of gerontology from a Christian perspective. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

SOCI 3308   (3-3-0)   Internship in Sociology II (S-L)
A continuation of SOCI 3305. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: SOCI 3305.

SOCI 3309   (3-3-0)   Social Work
A survey of the field of social work. Students will become acquainted with the principles of the helping process within the broad field of social services. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3312   (3-3-0)   Drug and Alcohol Problems
The philosophical, economic, political, social, and psychological dimensions of drug and alcohol problems will be examined. Offered periodically.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 3330   (3-3-0)   Death & Dying
An examination of issues in the field of death awareness approached from a biblical perspective and based on biblical truth. Interactions between the dying individual and family, friends, and professionals are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the social aspects of dying and the different settings in which deaths occur in relationship to Christian ministry. Spring.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 4301   (3-3-0)   Multicultural Perspectives
A social, historic, and demographic analysis of ethnic groups. The study is designed to examine the complex patterns of each group as they respond to contemporary issues and to the dilemmas which are common to man. Conservative and liberal views are contrasted within a biblical framework. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 4302   (3-3-0)   Sociological Theory
A critical survey of the foremost paradigms in contemporary sociological theory. The course emphasizes the historical intellectual location of major theoretical traditions, especially the works of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber. Contemporary schools of thought include functionalism, conflict, and rational choice theories, symbolic interactionism and dramaturgical analysis, phenomenology and ethnomethodology, structuralism, feminist theories, and postmodernism. For each, special attention is given to how to evaluate theories and how theoretical paradigms are linked to empirical research within the frame of a Christian worldview. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: Six hours sociology, including SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4303   (3-3-0)   Social Psychology
An analysis of behavior of individuals in group processes with special attention to the sociocultural context of behavior. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 4304   (3-3-0)   Social Change
An analysis of viewpoints concerning social change, including the study of collective behavior and social movements as they reflect the changing structure and function of society. Offered periodically.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4305   (3-3-0)   Sociology of Religion
Religions exist within societies and among social groups. This course will study the social aspects of religion and the way religion influences and is influenced by society and culture. Offered periodically.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4307   (3-3-0)   Criminology
The course considers the idea of crime and community from social, psychological, and sociological perspectives. The social patterns, characteristics, and causes of crime will be examined along with theories of control and treatment. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or CRJS 1302 (S-L).

SOCI 4311   (3-3-0)   Urban Sociology
A study of the nature, structure, and functions of urban society. Emphasis is placed on the development of cities and problems of modern cities. Fall, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: Six hours of sociology including SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4312   (3-3-0)   Research Methods
The course is designed to introduce the student to the scientific method of research. Topics covered include the philosophy/logic of research, hypothesis testing, the construction of concepts, sampling, data gathering, and data analysis. Completion of the course will make students better "consumers" of behavioral research data, as well as prepare them for more advanced classes in statistics and research. Examples in the class will be drawn from diverse disciplines including criminal justice, sociology, psychology, business and health care. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301, SOCI 2303, or PSYC 1301 and 2301, or 18 hours in criminal justice and general students math requirement.

SOCI 4313   (3-3-0)   Human Growth and Development
A course in developmental psychology that focuses on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development from conception to death within a context of basic theories of development. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 4320   (3-3-0)   Special Topics in Sociology
Concentrates on specialized areas of sociology. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Periodically
Prerequisite: None.

SOCI 4332   (3-3-0)   Crisis Intervention
This course examines the field of crisis intervention from a multi-disciplinary perspective including law enforcement, human services, psychology, and sociology. The evaluation and application of crisis intervention techniques, methods, and concepts will be examined related to community, workplace, therapy, and social/personal environments. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in criminal justice, sociology, or psychology.

SOCI 4357   (3-3-0)   Understanding East Asian Civilization and Culture
For students involved in cultural immersion, this course provides an exploration of basic components of local culture and the heritage of civilization of a designated host country in East Asia, including an appreciation for history, religion, festivals, customs, family life, business practices, institutions, arts, etc. Fall.
Prerequisite: None.

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