Department of Psychology and Sociology

Courses in Sociology

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Sociology to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.

 

CrowdSOCL 100 | Principles of Sociology

Fundamental concepts in the scientific study of human society, culture and personality, with special study of the social organization of groups and institutions. IAI S7 900. 3 semester credit hours. Sociology Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

 


SOCL 150 | Introduction to Statistics

Basic course in statistical techniques which includes measures of central tendency, probability, sampling, estimation and hypothesis testing. For non-business majors. IAI M1 902. Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 105 or MATH 110. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

 


SOCL 195 | Research Practicum

Participation in on-going departmental research. 1-3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms. Department Consent Required.


SOCL 205 | Racial and Ethnic Groups

The nature of prejudice. Studies of ethnic relations in America and other societies. IAI S7 903D. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.


SOCL 210 | Social Psychology

How social influences affect the individual and group. Attitudes, attribution and prejudice. IAI S8 900. PSYC 210 and SOCL 210 are cross-listed. 3 semester credit hours. Psychology/Sociology Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.


SOCL 213 | Health Aspects of Aging

Focuses upon the normal aging process in American Society including biological, psychological and health aspects. Emphasis is placed on health services, health maintenance, and contemporary issues with respect to the elderly population. 3 semester credit hours. Life Science Core Elective.


SOCL 231 | Medical Sociology

Analysis of social factors in relation to health and disease. Organization of health professions and institutions. 3 semester credit hours. Sociology Core Elective. Typically offered: Periodically.


SOCL 234 | Sociology of Sport

Examines social and cultural factors affecting organized sport, including gender, race, the role of money and media coverage in athletics, and the importance of athletics to small communities. 3 semester credit hours.


SOCL 235 | Sociology of Popular Culture

Studies the role of popular culture in communicating ideas about society, including deviance, gender, social class, and race. Examples that will be studied include films, tattoos and body piercing, and myths, legends, and popular fiction. 3 semester credit hours.


SOCL 240 | Social Problems

Effects of social change, disorganization and value conflict on family life, mental health, ethnic relations, crime and delinquency, related topics. IAI S7 901. Prerequisite: SOCL 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.


SOCL 245 | Alcohol Problems and Alcoholism

Introductory course regarding the effects of alcoholism on the individual, family and society. Examines concerns related to the identification, treatment and prevention of alcoholism in the United States. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


SOCL 250 | Basic and Applied Statistics

Acquaints students with descriptive statistical techniques (including measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression and large and small sample estimation) as well as inferential statistical procedures (t, z and ANOVA designs, nonparametric tests and multiple regression). Focus will be on how these statistical procedures can be directly applied to real-life situations. Prerequisite: MATH 105, MATH 108 or MATH 110. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.


SOCL 251 | Statistics II

ANOVA designs, correlation, regression, non-parametric tests, survey and experimental research techniques, social and behavioral measurements and multivariate analysis. Prerequisite: PSYC 150 or SOCL 150 or CJUS 150. Fee: $35. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.


SOCL 252 | Research Practicum

Goal of the course is to develop the student's research skills in a particular field (Psychology, Sociology or Criminal Justice) by involving him/her in an actual research project under the direction of a faculty member. Students will meet with the instructor on a regular basis and will write both a preliminary proposal and final paper in APA style, the latter to include identification of the subject of the study, a review of the literature, statement of a working hypothesis, construction of necessary operational definitions, delineation of variables, a description of the population (and sample) and statistical tests if appropriate. Prerequisite: Successful completion of basic skills courses. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.


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Examination of the criminal justice system: police, courts and corrections. Analysis of functions, jurisdiction, operation and relationships. IAI CRJ 901. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually. SOCL 265 Introduction to Social Work. Values and history that underlie social work issues; discussion of the profession of social work and its concern with human welfare areas and field of service. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.


SOCL 270 | Marriage and the Family

Family system and its changing relationships to contemporary society. Structures, value orientation and personality patterns, role and status interrelationships. IAI S7 902. Prerequisite: SOCL 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


SOCL 290 | Social and Cultural Change

Analysis of large scale historical change, the succession of types of societies and the emergence of the contemporary world. Evolution of social institutions (the family, religion) and speculation about significant future change. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


SOCL 291 | Selected Topics in Sociology

According to the interests of the sociology majors. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.


SOCL 301 | Social Welfare Services

Survey of social work agencies. Application of social systems to public and voluntary social welfare services. Prerequisite: SOCL 265. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


SOCL 306 | Correctional System

Theory and research relating to treatment, incarceration and rehabilitation of the offender. IAI CRJ 911. Prerequisite: SOCL/CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


SOCL 310 | Social, Psychological and Cultural Aspects of Aging

This course examines social, psychological and cultural aspects that impact the aging process. An analysis of the individual and society, explorations of changes in roles and status, intergenerational relationships, sociocultural differences and intrapsychic dynamics will be explored. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.


SOCL 321 | Crime and Delinquency

Social and psychological factors related to crime, theories of crime and delinquency, police and court systems and correctional institutions. IAI CRJ 912. Prerequisite: SOCL/CJUS 260. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


SOCL 350 | Social Theory

Origin and development of sociology through a study of the classic works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: SOCL 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.


SOCL 351 | Research Methods in the Social Sciences

An analysis of various theoretical approaches to the study of social sciences as well as discussion and completion of the first two chapters of an original research design. Prerequisite: PSYC 251 or SOCL 251 or CJUS 251. Fee: $35. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.


SOCL 356 | Clinical Practicum/Lab

Focus is on teaching interpersonal and primary-level skills of empathy, listening, and interviewing to the introductory-level helping professional. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in PSYC/SOCL program. 4 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.


SOCL 371 | Death and Dying

Dynamics of the grief process, the care of the terminally ill and the needs of survivors in the sociological and psychological context of death. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


SOCL 386 | Professional Issues in Life Span Services

This course presents an overview of gerontology as a profession. Special attention is given to ethical issues. The course reviews contemporary settings in the field of aging and analyzes the status of gerontology in terms of the occupation as a human service provider. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.


SOCL 390 | Criminal Justice Field Placement

Observation and participation in the daily work of a criminal justice agency. Each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 356 or SOCL 356, consent of program director and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding the field placement, and a G.P.A. of 2.5 or better. 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.


SOCL 391 | Topics in Sociology

Relevant topics according to the needs and interests of the criminal justice students. Prerequisite: SOCL 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.


SOCL 392 | Social Work Field Placement

This internship provides experience in practice in a professional agency under the supervision of a trained practitioner. Each semester. Prerequisite: SOCL 356, Consent of the program director and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding the field placement, and G.P.A. of 2.5 or better. 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.


SOCL 394 | Group Processes

Introduces theory and components of group process. Opportunities to participate in functioning groups for decision making and practicing of newly developed skills. Prerequisite: SOCL 356. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.


SOCL 395 | Senior Thesis

Completion of an original research project under faculty supervision, involving either an original survey design, case study, or experimental analysis. Prerequisite: PSYC 351 or SOCL 351 or CJUS 351. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.


Studying outdoorsSOCL 397 | Sociology Field Placement

Supervised experience in an on- or off-campus setting related to the student’s interest in sociology. Prerequisite: SOCL 356, Consent of the program director and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding the field placement, and G.P.A. of 2.5 or better. 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.


SOCL 398 | Life Span Services Field Placement

Supervised experience in an off-campus assisted/independent living setting. Each semester. Prerequisite: SOCL-356, and a G.P.A. of 2.5 or better, consent of the program director and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding field placement 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.


SOCL 399 | Independent Study

Provides opportunity for advanced majors to complete requirements of sociology course on their own. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.