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Sociology Major

SOCI 1300 - Collective Conscience. Prerequisites: None. This course will satisfy general education requirement for Leadership, Excellence, and Virtue (LEV) or can be used as a Sociology major or minor elective. In this course, students critically examine social issues, moral stances, and generational characteristics. Special attention is paid to how society can influence citizens to look beyond their own self-interest to larger collective concerns. (Fall, Spring)

SOCI 1310 - Introduction to Sociology. Prerequisites: None. This course is designed for anyone interested in sociology or obtaining general education credit. The course is required for sociology and nursing majors. Core sociological insights and concepts such as social institutions, control, stratification, and socialization are overviewed. (Fall, Spring)

SOCI 1320 - Sociological Investigations. Prerequisites: SOCI 1310 or permission of instructor. This offering is required for sociology majors and minors.  The course is oriented toward providing the student with a deeper understanding of the sociological perspective and the discipline of sociology.  Select works by sociologists will be examind pertaining t othe methodological, theoretical, and pratical contributions. (Spring)

SOCI 2310 - World Societies I.  Prerequisites: None. This course will satisfy the Global, Societal, and Personal perspectives requirement. Through a survey of ancient cultures in Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, and North America, students will examine a wide variety of ancient urban cultures and their way of life. This course provides students with an overview of major social processes and social structures that affected the development of past civilizations from a global perspective. (Fall, Spring)

SOCI 2320 - World Societies II.  Prerequisites: None. This course will satisfy the Global, Societal, and Personal Perspectives requirement. In this course, students will examine contemporary social issues, within a global perspective. Students will investigate topics of world poverty, transnational crime, marriage and family, and how technology has spurred social change around the world. (Fall, Spring)

SOCI 2350 - Social Problems. Prerequisites: None: This course is an inquiry into current social problems with specific reference to their origin, development, and suggested solutions. (Fall, Spring)

SOCI 3300 - Social Research. Prerequisites: SOCI 1310 or permission of the instructor. Sociology majors are required to take this course. This course introduces the social research process of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. A balanced approach regarding quantitative and qualitative methods is offered.  (Spring)

SOCI 3310 - Social Theory. Prerequisites: SOCI 1310 or permission of instructor. This course is required for sociology majors. This course is an overview of the origin of sociological theory, beginning with Comte, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. Attention will also be given to contemporary schools of thought. (Fall)

SOCI 3330 - Social Stratification.  Prerequisites: SOCI 1310 or permission of instructor. This course is required for sociology majors. This offering is an analysis of the issues of wealth, prestige, and power in stratification systems. Particular attention is paid to social class and mobility patterns. (Spring)

SOCI 3340 - Social Psychology.  Prerequisites: SOCI 1310. Advanced elective for sociology majors or minors. This course is an examination of the situational forces that make us social beings. Topics covered are social cognition, the self, prosocial behavior, aggression, and social biases. (Fall)

SOCI 3350 - Race and Ethnicity.  Prerequisites: SOCI 1310 or permission of instructor. This course is required for sociology majors. The course introduces some of the concepts and theories sociologists use to better understand the influences of racial and ethnic factors. Also covered are social policies which have influenced U.S. race relationships. (Spring)

SOCI 3360 - Marriage and the Family.  Prerequisites: None. This course is an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors. Types of family organization, husband-wife and parent-child relationships, and the impact of social change on family life are studied. (Spring)

SOCI 3370 - Gender and Society. Prerequisites: SOCI 1310 or permission of instructor. This course is required for sociology majors. The course considers the differential socialization of men and women and its effect on their experiences on the major social institutions of the family, the economy, and the educational system. Past practices, current trends, and future predictions of the role of men and women in society will be covered. (Fall)

SOCI 4330 - Sociology of Religion.  Prerequisites: SOCI 1310 or permission of instructor. This course is an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors, and all other interested students. This course is a study of the effect of social forces in shaping the thought and practice of religious institutions. Special attention will be given to American denominational policies and congregations. (Fall odd years)

SOCI 4392 - Seminar in Sociology.  Prerequisite: Senior standing. This course is required for sociology majors. The course is designed to deal with, in a more advanced and integrated manner, the discipline of sociology. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical, methodological, and practical issues. This is the capstone course for Sociology. (Fall)

SOCI 4X95 - Independent Studies. Prerequisites: SOCI 1310 and 6 additional hours in sociology. This course is an advanced elective for sociology majors or minors. This offering is an arrangement between the student and instructor of intensive study of a particular area of interest.  The course includes a definition of goals appropriate for the advanced student, ways of attaining those goals, a schedule for frequent consultation, and means of measuring progress. (Fall, Spring)

SOCI 4X96H - Honors Tutorial.  Prerequisites: 15 hours in sociology and admission to the departmental honors program. Designed for the honors student in sociology; includes extensive reading on a select topic involving sociological theory, method, or practice. (By arrangement)

SOCI 4X97H - Senior Thesis. Prerequisites: 18 hours in sociology, admission to the departmental honors program, and approval of thesis by department and Honors Committee. Designed for the student in sociology honors program; includes conducting a social research study or preparing an extended essay on a theoretical or applied topic. Regardless of the choice, the student is expected to write the thesis in the required format (By arrangement)

SOCI XX99 - Special Topics.  This course is an elective for sociology majors or minors, and all other interested students. It is offered to broaden departmental curriculum or to meet student demand. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Criminology Major

CRIM 2315 - Criminology. Prerequisites: None. This is a required course for criminology majors and minors. This course focuses on crime in America. Past and present aspects of typologies, punishments, corrections, and styles of enforcement are overviewed. (Fall, Spring)

CRIM 3325 - Wrongfully Convicted. Prerequisites: None. This course is required for criminology majors and minors. This course addresses criminology from a unique angle by examining what happens when
the criminal justice system gets it wrong. Students are introduced to the considerable number of individuals who have been exonerated of crimes that they did not commit. These cases suggest many issues will be covered, some of which are coerced confessions, questionable eyewitness testimony, faulty forensic work, and poor legal advice. (Spring)

CRIM 3335 - Juvenile Delinquency. Prerequisites: None. This course is required for criminology majors and minors. One of the interesting areas in criminology is the topic of youth and criminal activity. This course is a study of how juvenile delinquency is determined and the criminal justice system created to deal with it. (Fall)

CRIM 3345 - Studies in Criminology. Prerequisites: CRIM 2315 or permission of instructor. This course is required for criminology majors. Using a seminar format, this offering examines select investigations which provide a better understanding of crime and society. (Fall)

CRIM 3355 - Serial Murder Investigations. Prerequisites: None. This course is required for criminology majors and minors. This class is designed to examine the various theories and explanations of serial murders in U. S. society. There will be an emphasis on history, myths, public fascination, as well characteristics, motivations, and typologies of serial murderers. There will also be an emphasis on criminal profiling through the use of case studies, film, television, popular books and other popular media. (Fall)

CRIM 3375 - White Collar Crime. Prerequisites: CRIM 2315 or permission of instructor. This course is required for criminology majors. This course is an analysis of the intersection of criminal behavior and social class. In particular, time is spent looking at white collar professionals involved in fraud, deception, embezzling, bribery, etc. Corporate as well as governmental settings are covered. (Spring)

CRIM 3385 - Crime and Punishment. Prerequisites: CRIM 2315 or permission of instructor. This course deals with the punishment phase after criminal behavior has been determined to have occurred. Particular attention is given to sentencing guidelines and correctional practices. On a more theoretical level, this offering examines the effectiveness of punishment concerning deterrence, retribution, confinement, and rehabilitation.

CRIM 4335 - Women and Crime. Prerequisites: CRIM 2315 or permission of instructor. This course is required for criminology majors and minors. This course concerns women’s experiences as offenders, victims, and prisoners in the legal system. Students will become more aware of the influence of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the labeling, processing, and punishment of offenders. (Spring)

CRIM 4365 - Comparative Criminology. Prerequisites: CRIM 2315 or permission of instructor. This course is required for criminology majors. This course broadens the student’s exposure to criminology by addressing aspects of social control and crime in societies other than America. Attempting to identify alternative approaches, attention is paid to definitions of criminal activity, enforcement, and punishment. (Spring)

CRIM 4375 - Issues in Criminology. Prerequisites: CRIM 2315 or permission of instructor. This course is required for criminology majors and minors. The course grapples with the complexities of the criminal justice system. Issues such as defining crime, policing, forensics, constitutional right to counsel, sentencing, corrections, and parole are overviewed. This is the Capstone course for criminology. (May)

Criminology Minor

SOCI 2315 - Criminology. Prerequisite: None. This is a required course for criminology minors or an elective for sociology majors and minors. This course focuses on crime in America. Past and present aspects of typologies, punishments, corrections, and styles of enforcement are overviewed. (Fall, Spring)

SOCI 3325 - Wrongfully Convicted. Prerequisites: SOCI 2315 or permission of instructor. This offering is an advanced elective for criminology minors and sociology majors. This course addresses criminology from a unique angle by examining what happens when the criminal justice system gets it wrong. Students are introduced to the considerable number of individuals who have been exonerated of crimes that they did not commit. These cases suggest many issues that will be covered, some of which are coerced confessions, questionable eyewitness testimony, faulty forensic work, and poor legal advice. (Spring)

SOCI 3335 - Juvenile Delinquency.  Prerequisites: SOCI 2315 or permission of instructor. Advanced elective for criminology minors, sociology majors or minors. One of the interesting areas in criminology is the topic of youth and criminal activity. This course is a study of how juvenile delinquency is determined and the criminal justice system created to deal with it. (Fall)

SOCI 3355 - Serial Murder Investigations.  Prerequisites: SOCI 2315 or permission of instructor. This is an advanced elective for criminology minors and sociology majors. This class is designed to examine the various theories and explanations of serial murders in U. S. Society. There will be an emphasis on history, myths, public fascination, as well characteristics, motivations, and typologies of serial murderers. There will also be an emphasis on criminal profiling through the use of case studies, film, television, popular books and other popular media.  (Fall)

SOCI 4335 - Women and Crime.  Prerequisites: SOCI 2315 or permission of instructor. This course is an advanced elective for criminology minors and sociology majors concerning women’s experiences as offenders, victims, and prisoners in the legal system. Students will become more aware of the influence of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the labeling, processing, and punishment of offenders. (Spring)

SOCI 4375 - Issues in Criminology. Prerequisites: SOCI 2315 or permission of instructor. This is an advanced elective for criminology minors.  The course grapples with the complexities of the criminal justice system.  Issues such as defining crime, policing, forensics, constitutional right to counsel, sentencing, corrections, and parole are overviewed. (Spring)