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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-83/84 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.
Cross Listed Courses: MATH 2301, POLS 2303, PSYC 2301

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.
Cross Listed Courses: PSYC 2304

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: CRJS 1301 or 1302, or SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS 3302, PSYC 3302

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. Fall, odd-numbered years, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: PSYC 3306

SOCI 3308   (3-3-0)   Internship in Sociology II (S-L)

A continuation of SOCI 3305. Periodically.
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 3311   (3-3-0)   Marriage and Family Systems

In this course, students will learn the historical development and principal conceptualizations of marital and family systems theory. Students will learn the theories, therapeutic processes, and techniques involved in treating marriage, family, and relationships. To familiarize students with specific issues pertinent to marriage, family and relationship counseling (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and culture). Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: PSYC 3311

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.
Cross Listed Courses: PSYC 3312

SOCI 3330   (3-3-0)   Death and 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 3332   (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.
Cross Listed Courses: EDUC 3302, PSYC 3332

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 Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.
Cross Listed Courses: PSYC 4301

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. 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. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.
Cross Listed Courses: PSYC 4303

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, Online.
Prerequisite: CRJS 1301 or 1302, PSYC 1301, or SOCI 1301.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS 4307, CRJS 5323

SOCI 4310   (3-3-0)   Human Trafficking

This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary human trafficking and modern day slavery. The roles that entities such as government, the media, faith-based organizations, organized crime, and culture play in this complex human rights and social (in)justice issue will also be explored. Periodically.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS 4310

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.
Cross Listed Courses: POLS 4311, POLS 5315

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. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: SOCI or PSYC 1301.
Cross Listed Courses: PSYC 4316

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. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 and 2301, or SOCI 1301 and 2303, or 18 hours in criminal justice and general studies math requirement.
Cross Listed Courses: PSYC 4317, CRJS 4317, CRJS 5326

SOCI 4320   (3-3-0)   Special Topics in Sociology

Concentrates on specialized areas of sociology. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Grade replacement for special topics courses may only be accomplished under special topics courses with the same topic and content. Periodically
Prerequisite: None.

SOCI 4325   (3-3-0)   Adoption: Policy and Practice

This course is designed to provide students with the concepts, knowledge, skills, and policies associated with contemporary adoption practices. The course analyzes adoption from a multi-system approach considering the viewpoints of adoption advocates, birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents. The course examines various adoption practices that are relevant to domestic, international, and foster care adoptions. For each topic covered in the course, social work roles, activities, tasks, and skills are explored along with policy related issues. The course considers the various developmental needs of adoptees. It also considers protective factors and risk factors associated with adoption. The issues of ethnically competent practice are emphasized throughout the course in each content area, as are the issues of values and ethics. It is designed as an introduction to adoption practices for those who wish to consider it as a future occupation or career. The sociological implications of adoption are explored. The course utilizes a biblical framework and Christian worldview while examining adoption services. Spring.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301.

SOCI 4330   (3-3-0)   Victim and Victimization

This course is designed to address the sources of violence and its influences on people and society. Students can see the causes of victimization from different perspectives. It examines the social environmental factors that cause victimization, relationship between victim and offender, how to avoid being victimized, and how legislation protects or compensates victims. Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS 4330, CRJS 5330

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.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS/PSYC 4332, CRJS 5332

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. Alternate Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MAGL 5357, MALA 5306

SOCI 4359   (3-3-0)   Travel Study in East Asia

Discover the vibrant culture, history and society of East Asia, with a particular travel focus on one East Asian country. This travel study course introduces students to important cities, major historical sites, and different cultural regions. In addition, this inter-cultural experience provides service learning opportunities in the East Asian culture where students will engage in activities beneficial to the society visited and report on what they learned from their service. Students will develop an elementary understanding of a host country's history and culture, and experience local customs first-hand. Travel abroad and inter-cultural exercises teach students to manage different customs, norms, and expectations produced by inter-cultural encounter. Engaging in inter-cultural experiences during travel enriches students' understanding and exploration of historical heritage, and social realities in East Asia. Fall. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4359, MAGL 5359, MALA 5364

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