Course Offerings

SOCI 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY --Three hours; 3 credits. The object of this course is to introduce the student to a systematic study of society. Emphasis is placed upon the major concepts of sociology and the scientific point of view in dealing with social phenomena. The course aims to enable the student to gain an intelligent understanding of questions which deal with humans in social relationships and to prepare the student for the study of sociological problems.

SOCI 110 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY--Three hours; 3 credits. This is the foundation course in anthropology which intends to introduce the traditional four areas of the discipline (cultural, physical, linguistics, and archaeology).

SOCI 202 RACIAL AND ETHNIC RELATIONS--Three hours; 3 credits. This course explores some of the many ways in which societies define racial, ethnic, majority and minority groups, including the use of stereotypes, pseudo-history and biological myths. It also explores how such differentiation influences self-concepts, intra-group relations, and intergroup relations. Racial and ethnic relations characterized by prejudice, discrimination, scapegoating, maldistribution of valued resources, and violence pose social control and nation-building challenges that receive special attention.

SOCI 205 CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS-- Three hours; 3 credits. This course emphasizes the relationships between the structure of the society and problems therein. It analyzes the importance of business, economics, government and other institutions in the creating and solving of social problems in modern society. Special consideration is given to forms of deviant behavior and social disorganization such as delinquency, crime, vices, unemployment, industrial unrest, mental disorders, family disorganization; their incidence in society and programs designed to control them. Searching out solutions to social problems which it examines offers challenges and opportunities to students majoring in many fields, including especially the fields of business, communication, and the various social and behavioral sciences.

SOCI 207 SOCIOLOGY OF AGING-Three hours; 3 credits. This course utilizes theory, methods and research from sociology and anthropology to explicate and analyze selected difficulties confronted by the elderly in a variety of different societal settings. In addition, aging is treated both as a social problem and from a cross-cultural perspective.

SOCI 301 SOCIOCULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY--Three hours; 3 credits. This is an intermediate level course designed to acquaint students with ethnological approaches to the study of societies in evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives. It also makes provision for the eclectic reading of ethnographic case material based on anthropological fieldwork.

SOCI 302 SOCIAL THEORY--Three hours; 3 credits. This course involves a survey of the social thought as expressed by representative theorist in ideas of different periods. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive background and a perspective for understanding the social thought from a historical and contemporary perspective.

SOCI 303 PUBLIC OPINION AND PROPAGANDA--Three hours; 3 credits. This course involves a study of public opinion and propaganda as processes and their relation to social control and collective behavior. Special attention is given to organs of public opinion, especially to the newspaper, and to propaganda agencies and techniques.

SOCI 304 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY--Three hours; 3 credits. This course involves a study of the theories of the family as an institution to companionship. Consideration is given to the modern family as a unit of interacting personalities, family organization and disorganization and to contemporary problems of the family in the light of social change. The course will also study the relationship of the family to other social entities such as work, public policy, and socialization in the family.

SOCI 305 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND ITS SOCIAL TREATMENT--Three hours; 3 credits. Consideration is given to theories of crime causation and methods of punishment as a background for the study of juvenile delinquency. Emphasis is placed upon factors of causation as revealed through personal, family and community situations conditioning delinquent behavior; analysis of concrete cases and juvenile delinquency; and critical examination of current methods of dealing with juvenile offenders and programs for the prevention of delinquency. This course will also deal with the concept and incidence of juvenile delinquency.

SOCI 306 AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES--Three hours; 3 credits. This course provides a sociological appraisal of the condition and personality of blacks in the U. S. Attention is given to the impact of both slavery and colonialism, and to the manner in which the American experience has influenced the participation of blacks in family life, education, politics, health care, the economy and housing.

SOCI 307 POPULATION SCIENCE: DEMOGRAPHY--Three hours; 3 credits. This course involves the study of basic techniques of population analysis and descriptions and social problems specifically from a population and demographic point of view. Some of the problems considered include abortion, occupation, relocation, population explosion, single-parent families, genocide, divorce, and housing.

SOCI 308 CRIMINOLOGY--Three hours; 3 credits. This course examines the agencies and institutions such as the police, the courts and penal institutions, which deal with offenders. Particular attention is given to treatment of the offender, as well as to programs of crime prevention.

SOCI 309 DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS--Three hours; 3 credits. Six credits of a foreign language are required or permission of the instructor. This is an intermediate level course which acquaints students with the structure of language including phonology, morphology and lexicon. This course also involves the student in linguistic problem-solving with materials extracted from a wide variety of the world's language. Prerequisite: SOCI 110.

SOCI 310 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY--Three hours; 3 credits. This course involves the study of processes of socialization and the relationship between social organization and personality development. Special attention is given to the role of such factors as membership and reference groups, group values, attitudes, standards, norms, language and culture in the development of personality.

SOCI 311 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY-Three hours; 3 credits. This course serves as an introduction to archaeology, the study of our past through the use of material remains. It gives students an overview of the principles of archaeology and instructs them in archaeological field techniques. Includes four mandatory field trips.

SOCI 315 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW-Three hours; 3 credits. Analyses are made of the development of laws and the administration of law. Special emphasis is placed on their effect on social groups and mass behavior, analysis of sociological process, social basis of legal ideologies, statutes, and legal enforcement.

SOCI 318 SOCIOLOGY OF BUSINESS AND WORK--Three hours; 3 credits. This course examines occupational structure in society and it examines business organizations as social institutions--from the level of single proprietorships to the level of multi-national corporations. Also included within its focus are the meaning of work, socio-cultural factors relevant to occupational recruitment and retention, formal and informal organizations that impact on business, marketing implications of social stratification, and sociological factors affecting job satisfaction and productivity.

SOCI 319 SOCIOLOGY OF LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT--Three hours; 3 credits. This course involves the study of behaviors and values which characterize patterns of leisure and entertainment in a variety of societies including the United States. Among its concerns are relationships between leisure, on the one hand, and time-allocation, stratification, sex roles, subcultures, and technology, on the other.

SOCI 321 URBAN SOCIOLOGY--Three hours; 3 credits. The varying mechanisms through which the structure and functions of urban society are integrated are scrutinized. Attention is also directed to the methods dominance in the city as well as in the larger society. Consideration is also given to the social consequences of urbanism.

SOCI 330 SOCIOLOGY OF JAILS AND PRISONS-Three hours; 3 credits. This course takes the student behind the walls of jails and prisons in order to explain how these institutions function both as parts of larger social systems and in and of themselves.  Some attention is given to institutional subcultures, to institutional programs and policies, and to issues associated with the privatization of jails and prisons.

SOCI 331 COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS-Three hours; 3 credits. This course acquaints students with sociological and anthropological aspects of criminal corrections within the context of halfway houses and "alternative" or "modified" sentencing.

SOCI 340 SOCIOLOGY OF URBAN AFRICA- Three hours; 3 credits. This course focuses on African cities and the urbanization process devoid of stereotypes that project Africa as static and dominated by tropical rain forests. Topics within its purview are social change, development, and culture as they relate to the causes and consequences of urbanization. The courses draws on both sociology and anthropology and places particular emphasis on marriage, family systems, women, and development challenges in African cities.

SOCI 342 SOCIOLGY OF AFRICA IN EUROPE AND ASIA- Three hours; 3 credits. This course focuses on the African Diaspora in Europe and Asia from prehistory until the present. Course topics include human evolution, stages of human radiation out of Africa as case studies in migration, and a range of cultural and social problems associated with racism and assimilation as regards people of African descent in Europe and Asia.

SOCI 351 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL STATISTICS--Two hours lecture and laboratory; 3 credits. This course will deal with basic statistics: the general nature of statistical methods, the frequency distribution, percentiles, averages, measures of variabilities, standard deviations, the normal curve, introduction to sampling theory, testing statistical hypothesis, analysis of variance and co-variance, etc. Emphasis will be placed on computation and on the application of these statistics in sociological research.

SOCI 377 LOVE AND INTIMATE RELATIONS--Three hours; 3 credits. Love, friendship and intimate relations are examined from a sociological perspective. Topics include love, the structure and function of relationships, and the strengths, stresses and strains of intimate relations.

SOCI 378 SEX AND GENDER IN SOCIETY AND CULTURE--Three hours; 3 credits. In areas such as feminism, gay rights, changing definitions of masculinity, male-female relations, new roles of women in the work force, gender socialization, household formation, and domestic affairs, the world is undergoing much change which deserves systematic study from social scientific perspectives. Though this course uses materials primarily from anthropology and sociology to describe and analyze selected dimensions of sex and gender cross-culturally and through time, it has relevance to students in numerous fields of study.

SOCI 379 SOCIOLOGY OF MASS COMMUNICATIONS--Three hours; 3 credits. This course examines the processes by which mass media function in society in relationship to stratification, socialization, social control, collective behavior, social change, and the structuring of a collective consciousness, social identity, and a sense of social control, collective behavior, social change, and the structuring of a collective consciousness, social identity, and a sense of social "reality." Special attention is given to organs of public opinion and persuasion such as magazines, newspapers, television, radio, and film. This course is recommended for students in numerous fields of study including telecommunications, business, psychology, philosophy, political science, education, speech, and theatre.

SOCI 380 METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH I--Three hours; 3 credits. This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of scientific inquiry. The student will be exposed to the processes involved in (1) selecting and framing research questions, (2) choosing appropriate methods and time frames for collecting data, (3) analyzing data, (4) drawing conclusions from data, and (5) reporting findings from data analysis. Each student will write a proposal for a study utilizing experimental, survey, field research or some other research design important in sociology.

SOCI 381 METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH II--Three hours; 3 credits. This course affords each student the opportunity to get "hands-on" experience in carrying out all aspects of a social-scientific research project. Each student is expected to orally present the project and/or submit it to an appropriate journal.

SOCI 401 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY-Three hours; 3 credits.  This course explores the use of anthropological knowledge within a legal context. Specifically, it focuses on the recovery of remains and the subsequent use of osteology, or the analysis of skeletal anatomy and biology, to determine the cause of death.

SOCI 403 ETHNOGRAPHY OF SELECTED CULTURAL REGIONS--Three hours; 3 credits. This course involves an in-depth study of cultural strata in societies of a particular cultural region. The region for any semester will be announced beforehand and the course could be repeated for credit if the regional focus were different. Prerequisite: SOCI 110 or permission of instructor.

SOCI 404 COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR-Three hours; 3 credits. This course will focus on the definition of the term collective action and the rationale for the use of this term. The various theories of collective action will be discussed, and efforts will be made to identify and distinguish categories of this form of human behavior such as slave rebellions, strikes, protest demonstrations, riots, fads, and especially social movements.  Attention will also be paid to various factors that influence these episodes, such as beliefs, ideologies, tactics and strategies, culture, resources, and social control.  In addition, the knowledge that emanates from collective action episodes, as well as their social consequences, will be examined.

SOCI 405 SOCIAL CHANGE AND FUTURISM--Three hours; 3 credits. This course focuses on socio-cultural patterns over time that reflect ways in which social life is renewing, remaking, changing, and transforming itself. It devotes attention to dimensions of collective behavior and to social movements as well as to technological competition, innovation, and diffusion as related to occupations and to business. Futuristic concepts of popular culture such as "future shock," "megatrends," "post-industrial society," "third wave," and "information economy" are explored. The areas included for study range from telecommunications, technology, space and genetic engineering to transformations in families, race relations, sex roles, leisure and the post-industrial structure to time-allocation, work and leisure.

SOCI 406 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION-Three hours; 3 credits. This course is designed to provide students with some basic concepts and understandings regarding the connection between religion and the social context or environment. In addition to the process of secularization involving religion's emergence and development, broader and more complex issues involving religion and politics, power, millenarianism, dualism, race/ethnicity, class, and gender are highlighted.

SOCI 408 RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY-Three hours; 3 credits. This course introduces students to research methods in criminal justice and criminology. Students will utilize the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, the National Criminal Victimization Survey, and other sources to conduct criminal justice- and criminology-based research.

SOCI 409 LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY--Three hours; 3 credits. This course introduces students to selected linguistic characteristics which mark the world's major language families and to the analytical study of language as related to socialization, social solidarity, conflict, ethnic, class, and sex markers, and to collective behavior. Attention is also given to language fads and to the social adaptability of language in situations ranging from the formal to the intimate and from the highly ritualized to the ordinary as well as to its expression through gestures, body movement, and the use of space.

SOCI 430 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE-Three hours; 3 credits. This course introduces students to deviance, deviance theory, and deviant behavior. Students assess cases to distinguish norms, and deviant and illegal behavior while identifying social control, power, morality, ethics, laws, rules, enforcement, norm violations, and social reaction as caveats of deviance. 

SOCI 441 SOCIAL INEQUALITY AND STRATIFICATION--Three hours; 3 credits. This course is designed to analyze the nature and functions of social inequality. It will focus on the manner in which society seeks to place individuals in various social categories on the basis of such factors as class, age, sex, and race. The impact of these placements on the quality of life and lifestyles of individuals and groups is also examined.

SOCI 451 SOCIAL THOUGHT AND THE CONCEPT OF RACE-Three hours; 3 credits. Special attention is paid to sociological, anthropological and  related theoretical and methodological approaches and issues developed, and responded to, by African Americans and other diasporan intellectuals.  Topics covered may include slavery, indentured servitude, serfdom and other forms of dependent labor; colonialism, segregation, independence, neocolonialism, in-group and out-group relations, and minority and majority group relations; precolonial society; emancipation, nationalism, separatism, and social movements; and knowledge connected with the construction of personality formation and development, politics, law, economics, and culture that emanate from the aforementioned situations.

SOCI 453 INDEPENDENT STUDY--1 to 5 credits. This individualized experience offers an opportunity for students to undertake an internship in sociology, in anthropology, or in criminal justice with an appropriate agency, for students to carry out individualized research under faculty supervision, or for students to work with a professor on research in which he or she is undertaking. Prior to registration, each student must obtain written permission from a professor to supervise a particular undertaking and file it with the departmental office. This experience may be repeated until a minimum of five (5) credits is earned.

SOCI 454 ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS--Three hours; 3 credits. This is a highly interactive course in which students work very closely with their professors and with each other. It affords students an opportunity to understand and undertake small-scale research projects which rely on observational methods, audiovisual techniques, census, and interview. The projects that students will undertake are intended to be of special interest to them and will be associated with day to day behaviors and values with such domains as cooking, food consumption, symbolism, sex, dance, speech, time-allocation, the use of space, ceremonies, biography, aging, and dress.

SOCI 493 WORLD CULTURES AND DEVELOPMENT--Three hours; 3 credits. This course deals with the heritage of colonialism and neocolonialism as they impact upon the structure and functioning of developing societies and it explores structural differences and similarities between developed and developing societies. It explores linkages (technological, economic/ commercial, political, and socio-cultural) between developed and developing societies and it introduces important theories of development and modernization. The course draws on interesting case studies from areas such as Japan, North America, and Western Europe on the developed side and from areas such as South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Southern Asia on the developing side.

SOCI 494 SEMINAR IN APPLIED SOCIOLOGY AND PROFESSIONALISM--Three hours; 3 credits. In this senior-level course, students will examine ways in which sociology knowledge (concepts, theories, methods, empirical findings) can be/is applied in social settings. Ethnical issues arising from the application of sociology will also be examined. All seniors are strongly encouraged to enroll in this seminar.

SOCI 495 SEMINAR IN SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY--Three hours; 3 credits. This course will examine selected topics from a sociological perspective. Topics will vary from semester to semester and year to year. This course may be repeated only one time for credit.

SOCI 498 SENIOR INTERNSHIP--Five hours; 3 credits. This course provides the opportunity for the student to obtain supervised work experience in the major at an off-campus site selected and approved by the Departmental Chairperson. Registration is limited to seniors with minimum 2.2 cumulative and major averages, and requires approval of the Departmental Chairperson. Exceptions may be approved by the Dean.

SOCI 499 SENIOR RESEARCH OR TEACHING/ TUTORIAL ASSISTANTSHIP--Five hours; 3 credits. This course provides the opportunity for the student to attain first-hand research or teaching/tutorial experience under the supervision and mentorship of a tenure-track faculty member. Registration is limited to seniors with minimum of 3.0 cumulative and major averages and requires the approval of the Departmental Chairperson. Exceptions may be approved by the Dean.