SOC105/CJ101 Introduction to Criminology

4 credits  (4 lec hrs/wk)  An interdisciplinary and introductory overview of the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the application of theory to crime prevention and offender treatment.  Examines the uses and limitations of empirical research methods to the study of crime.  Reviews the principal political, economic, social, cultural, psychological, biological, and ideological theories of criminal behavior.  Identifies the major categories of crime  and discusses the relevance of crime classification.  Explores the influence of criminological theory on public policy.

 SOC204 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk)  This course explores how social context shapes peoples lives by systematically analyzing culture, sociallization, social interaction, social stratification, race and ethnic relations and generally the dynamics of human groups.  The course also analyzes development and application of sociological concepts, perspectives and research methodology.

SOC205 Social Institutions and Social Change

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk) The course explores how societies change by utilizing sociological perspectives to the study of recent social changes and the impacts of changes on individuals and our social institutions such as the family, religion, education, economics, media, political systems, health and medicine.  Prerequisite: SOC204 with a 'C' or better.

SOC206 Social Problems and Issues

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk) The course discusses identification and analysis of social problems.  Investigation of causes and consequences of social problems are considered within their societal contexts. Specifically, the course explores addictions, crime and deliquency, group discrimination, inequality, poverty, alienation, domestic and international violence, environment and energy from sociological perspectives, focusing on feasible solutions. Prerequisite: SOC204 with a 'C' or better.

SOC208/PE208 Sociology of Sport

3 credits  (3 lec, hrs/wk)  Discusses identification and analysis of social problems in relation to sport and the world. Topics include (but are not limited to) the following: sport and culture, sport and socialization, sport and race, sport and gender, sport and collective behavior, sport and social behavior with focus on feasible solutions.

SOC210 Marriage and the Family

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk)  Examines intimate relationships, courtship, marriage and family patterns - old, new, and unconventional. The course focuses on how relationships are built, maintained, changed, and how people cope with love, sexuality, children, conflict, divorce, blended families, disabilities, and death of family members.

SOC213 Racial and Ethnic Relations

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk) The course extensively discusses the nature of the relationships among racial and ethnic groups in America and in societies around the world.  Explores major topics such ethnic stratification, prejudice and discrimination, assimilation and pluralism, multiculturalism and current trends in intergroup relations.

SOC230 Gerontology

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk)  A survey of the developmental process of aging.  Examines social, physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural aspects influencing the experience of aging.  Provides essential information required for professional interaction with elders and emphasize a positive view of aging.  Discusses current theories, policies, practices, concerns, service and professional opportunities in gerontology.