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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.  

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: 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-83/84 Plus graphing calculator required. This course may not be used to satisfy any general studies requirements for Social Science.  

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1301 or 1302, or 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.

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, odd-numbered years, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4301   (3-3-0)   Multicultural Perspectives

Examines the theories and operational definitions of race and ethnic relations in the social sciences within a biblical framework. Evaluates programs for the reduction of prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Analyzes historical and contemporary status of racial/ethnic minority groups in the United States  

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, 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.  

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: CRJS 1301 or 1302, PSYC 1301, or SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4316   (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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: SOCI or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 4317   (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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 and 2301, or SOCI 1301 and 2303, or 18 hours in criminal justice and general studies math requirement.

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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: 6 hours in criminal justice, sociology, or psychology.

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