Course Descriptions

SOCI 1301. Introduction to Sociology. (Core 080)             3:3:0

Introduction to the study of human groups, social organization, and the perspectives, concepts, and methods involved in the explanation of human social behavior. Topics include culture, institutions, norms and values, statuses, deviance, population, and urbanization. Prerequisite: THEA reading and writing requirements met.

SOCI 1306. Social Problems. (Core 080)           3:3:0

Descriptive survey of the emergence, scope, and proposed solutions of the major social problems in contemporary society in the United States. Prerequisite: THEA reading requirement met or concurrent enrollment in READ 0307.

SOCI 2301 Marriage and Family Relationships           3:3:0

Provides a sociological understanding of the processes involved in family relations, household life and structures, and family problems. Emphasizes historical formations, social influences, and the diversity of families in the United States; explores myths about family forms and features; the role of gender; divisions of labor within household; historical shifts; family privacy and government interventions; stereotypes; and the effect of social, economic, and political forces on the family. This course also addresses broader issues in the sociology of intimate relationships beyond conventional marriages and families. Prerequisites: THEA reading requirement met or concurrent enrollment in READ 0307.

SOCI 2306 (or PSYC 2306). Human Sexuality. (Core 080)           3:3:0

Psychological and physiological examination of the human sexual experience from conception through old age. Topics include practical aspects of human sexuality, sexual attitudes, sexual problems, and marriage. Prerequisite: THEA reading and writing requirements met.

SOCI 2319 Ethnicity and Identity. (Core 080)           3:3:0

The study of cultural, social, and spatial environments of ethnic minorities and other identity groups in the United States with an emphasis on historical development, demographic trends, social and cultural change, and human ecology. Prerequisite: THEA reading requirement met or concurrent enrollment in READ 0307.

SOCI 2326 (or PSYC 2319). Social Psychology.           3:3:0

Study of individual behavior within the social environment. May include topics such as the socio-psychological process, attitude formation and change, interpersonal relations, and group processes. Cross-listed as PSYC 2319. Prerequisites: THEA reading and writing requirements met; SOCI 1301, PSYC 2301, or PSYC 2315 recommended.

ANTH 2351. Cultural Anthropology. (Core 080)           3:3:0

An introduction to the study of cultural and social anthropology, why cultural activities or beliefs come into existence, why they change or disappear, and why they persist. The course focuses on ways in which culture is influenced by forces such as population, resources, technology, ideology, and social organization. Prerequisite: THEA reading and writing requirements met.

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