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SOCIOLOGY (SOC)

Department of Criminal Justice
Office: 432-C Farrah Hall

SOC 101 is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level sociology courses.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology. Three hours.

Introduction to the scientific study of human social behavior.

SOC 202 Analysis of Social Problems. Three hours.

Study of contemporary social problems, including definition, description, and analysis. Emphasis is on social change perspectives and cultural complexity.

SOC 205 Social Psychology. Three hours.

Not open to students who have earned credit in PY 372. Study of the interrelationships between the individual and the group. Includes perception, cognition, attribution, attitudes, helping behavior, aggression, personal relationships, prejudice, and gender in social life. Also includes aspects of applied social psychology.

SOC 209 Population and Society. Three hours.

Growth, distribution, and characteristics of the world's population and social implications of major demographic trends.

SOC 210 Juvenile Delinquency. Three hours.

Patterns of delinquency, deliquent subcultures, adolescent "misbehavior," delinquency and socioeconomic status groups, theories of causation, delinquent careers, and evaluation of control methods.

SOC 300 Research Methods. Three hours.

Overview of methods of social science research; emphasis is on research design, data-gathering techniques, theory of measurement, and other basic topics relating to sociological research.

SOC 301 Social Statistics. Three hours.

Elementary statistical techniques applied to sociological data; tables and graphs, central tendency and dispersion, probability and sampling, tests of significance, and measures of association.

SOC 315 Race and Ethnic Relations. Three hours.

Analysis of American social structure, race and ethnic relations, and demographic and institutional trends; studies of racial and ethnic issues.

SOC 350 Criminology. Three hours.

Theories of criminality, types of delinquent and criminal behavior, crime causation, crime control by police, and the criminal courts.

SOC 352 Social Inequality (same as AAST 352). Three hours.

Analysis of inequities of wealth, power, and prestige; major theories of racial and cultural minorities; behavioral correlates of stratification; social mobility.

SOC 390 Special Topics in Sociology. Three hours.

The course may be taken a total of four times, with different topics. Social behavior; science, technology, and society; Latin American life; small-group dynamics; environmental sociology; medical sociology.

SOC 444 Environmental Sociology. Three hours.

Sociological analysis of environmental issues including the background of environmental issues, population, planning, limits to growth, food and energy resources, and social impacts of environmental alterations.

SOC 450 Sociology of Law. Three hours.

Study of social origin and consequences of law and legal process; analysis of social factors that determine legal outcomes.

SOC 470 Social Movements. Three hours.

Exploration of the mobilization of social movements in specific periods of time in terms of the socioeconomic and political conditions.

SOC 490 Seminar in Sociology. Three hours.

The course may be taken a total of four times, with different topics. Social behavior; science, technology, and society; advanced deviant behavior; juvenile delinquent behavior; Latin American life; small-group dynamics; environmental sociology; medical sociology.

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