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  • SO 101 Introduction to Sociology

    This scientific study of human society emphasizes principles of the sociological perspective. Includes society, demography, culture, status, role, socialization, deviance, groups, organizations, stratification, and social change. Introduction to societal institutions: family, religion, education, politics, science, technology, medicine, and healthcare.
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  • SO 131 Marriage and Family

    Description and analysis of the social institution of the family in society. The course introduces students to such societal norms as courtship, engagement, marriage, childrearing practices, divorce, and remarriage. The course allows students to review the status of men and women in different cultural environments and to study alternatives to marriage and the family.
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  • SO 141 Minority Relations

    Introduction to the problems of minorities in a society. Students are introduced to the concepts of dominance, minority, power, status, conflict, prejudice, and discrimination. The course examines minority groups in American society and the processes of accommodation to the larger society.
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  • SO 205 Sociology of Work

    Sociological interpretation of people at jobs in the office, small businesses, field, hospital, universities, and government. Investigates the interrelationship between work and behavior of the individual and other aspects of his or her social roles as related to making a living. The emerging role of leisure as related to professions is examined. Not offered every year. Prerequisite: SO 101
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  • SO 230 Research Methods of the Social Sciences

    Gathering, arranging, and presenting data of the social sciences, including surveys, participant observation, experiments, and content analysis. Includes elementary statistical concepts such as descriptive tests of significance. Students design empirical research studies to acquire practical understanding of scientific thinking. A lab provides the opportunity for computerized data analysis. Computer-assisted. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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  • SO 250 Women in American Society

    Focus on how a society prescribes and assigns norms according to gender. Emphasis will be put on how major social institutions (family, government, religion, the media, economics, and medicine) define sex roles and stress differences among men and women instead of similarities. Because of this we ask: Do women have minority status in American society?
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  • SO 260 World Population Problems

    Scientific study of population change, including fertility, migration, mortality, and theories of population change. Discussions of data collection methods, analysis of population data, and contemporary population problems. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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  • SO 280 Sociology of Urban Life

    Introduction to the study of the city in historical and crosscultural perspective with an emphasis on urbanization in the United States. Analyzes the structure of the city, the ecology of cities, social class systems in urban areas, suburban growth, housing, social psychological adaptation, and political processes of urban areas. Not offered every year. Prerequisites: SO 101, PS 101, or GE 101, or permission of the Area of Study Chair
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  • SO 300 Society and the Environment

    Examination of the interactions between the physical environment in which we live and the human society we have created. The mix of population, social organization, and technology has an impact on the resource base and environmental conditions on which human and nonhuman society ultimately depend. Topics covered include energy sources, hazardous wastes, environmental accidents, endangered species, the environmental movement, tropical and temperate deforestation, limits to economic growth, population growth, and alternative views of the future.
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  • SO 310 Social Problems

    Introduction to major social problems in American society, including poverty, deviance, population change, urbanization, chemical dependency, suicide, family stability, and economic change. Offered once a year, alternating between day and evening programs Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor.
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  • SO 322 Social Theory

    Survey of the major sociological theorists who develop propositions and laws about the nature of society and the individual. Introduces the leaders of European and American theories in the conflict, symbolic interaction, and structural functional perspectives. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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  • SO 335 Crime and Society

    Five major issues of criminology, including the field of criminology, the nature of criminal law and criminal defenses; explanations of criminal behavior from a biological, psychological, social structural, and social process perspective; types of crimes including crimes of violence, property crimes, organized crime, white collar crime and terrorism; an overview of the criminal justice system; and social reaction to crime: prisons, jails, probation. This course also provides an opportunity for students to consider careers in the field of criminal justice. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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  • SO 340 Social Gerontology

    Process of aging in human society and the adaptations of groups and individuals to the aging process. Reviews theories of aging, demographics of aging, living patterns of the elderly, physical and mental health of the elderly, self-perception, and development of policies for providing services to the elderly. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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  • SO 345 Social Psychology

    This course examines psychological and sociological principles that affect the behavior of individuals as members of groups. Representative topics include the biological foundations of behavior, prejudice, culture and personality, leadership, small group interaction, crowd behavior, mass media, childhood, adolescence and old age. Prerequisites: SO 101 and PY 101, or written permission of the instructor.
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  • SO 412 Collective Behavior

    The sociological bases of panics, riots, mobs, fads, fashions, and revolutions are examined. Collective behavior is looked at as the basis of social change. Different types of social deprivation leading to mass movement are investigated. Social movements and their origin in discontent are examined. An analysis of some contemporary social movements and the bases of cleavage and conflict in contemporary America is included. Not offered every year. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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  • SO 420 Sociology of Healthcare and Medicine

    This course involves the analysis of contemporary issues of healthcare and medicine using the concepts and theories of medical sociology and critical analysis. Topics include the sick role and labeling perspectives, analysis of medical practitioners, the social organization of medical care, environmental and occupational health, issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class as related to healthcare and contemporary critical debates in the field of healthcare and medicine. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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  • SO 435 Seminar in Sociology

    A course designed to allow students to explore subjects pertinent to the discipline and to gain a broadened sociological perspective. Not offered every year. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
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