Dept. of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice

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 at the Office of the Registrar website, or contact the Department.

 

SOCL 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. Social-Scientific I Mode of Inquiry (QIO).  3 semester credit hours. Sociology Core Elective. 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.  Cross-listed as CJUS 205/SOCL 205.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

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SOCL 210 | Social Psychology
How social influences affect the individual and group. Attitudes, attribution and prejudice. PSYC 210 and SOCL 210 are cross-listed. Individuals, Organizations, and Societies Mode of Inquiry (QIO)  3 semester credit hours. Psychology/Sociology Core Elec. 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. Social-Scientific I Mode of Inquiry (QIO).  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. 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: Spring Term.

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. Computational, Mathematical, and Analytical Mode of Inquiry (QCM).  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

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.

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. Engaged Learning. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

SOCL 260 | Introduction to Criminal Justice
Examination of the criminal justice system: police, courts and corrections. Analysis of functions, jurisdiction, operation and relationships.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

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. Cross listed as PSYC 270/SOCL 270. 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 ofsocieties 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 15.

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. 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. Prerequisite: SOCL/CJUS 260.  3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. 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 250 or SOCL 250 or CJUS 250. Fee: $35.  3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

SOCL 352 | 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 a scholarly paper in APA style, the latter to include identification of the subject of the study, a review of the literature, statement of a working hypotheses, construction of necessary operational definitions, delineation of variables, a description of the population (and sample) and statistical tests if appropriate, results of the study and a discussion on the results of the study.  Student will present the results of the study at a scholarly meeting. Cross-listed as CJUS/PSYC/SOCL 352.  3 semester credit hours. Engaged Learning. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

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. Engaged Learning and Writing Intensive. Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer 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 390 Criminal Justice Internship. 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 GPA of 2.5 or better.  3-6 semester credit hours. Engaged Learning. 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 15.

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 GPA of 2.5 or better. 3-6 semester credit hours. Engaged Learning. 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: Periodically.

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.

SOCL 397 | Sociology Internship
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 Internship director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding the field placement, and GPA of 3.0 or better. 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

SOCL 398 | Life Span Services Internship
Supervised experience in an off-campus assisted/independent living setting. Each semester. Prerequisite: SOCL 356, and a GPA of 3.0 or better, consent of the program director and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding internship.  3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. 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 15.