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Course Descriptions

1305: Introduction to Sociology
An introductory survey course including basic concepts in the field of sociology, the relationship of the individual to culture and to the group, and major social institutions.

1306: Social Problems
An analysis of current social problems with emphasis on sociological aspects of problems in education, family life, religion, and other social institutions.

3305: Introduction to Gerontology
An examination of aging in relation to sociology, psychology, biology, law, political science, literature, religion, recreation, and health. Special emphasis is placed on seeking ways to improve the quality of life for persons over 35.

3311: Race, class, and Gender
A study of local, regional, and national interracial problems. The history of ethnic groups in the United States is reviewed. Discussion centers around relevant sociological and psychological theory based on research.

3318: Mexican-Americans in U.S. Society
Race relations theories are applied in the analysis of Mexican-American history, education, acculturation, economics, identification, politics, and strategies for social change.

3322: City and Community
Students explore sociology research traditions that focus on urban areas, community, and rural areas. They gain an understanding of how variations in human settlement patterns are related to social structure, inequality, and social problems.

3330: Women in American Society
An examination of the sociological meaning of women's roles in comparison with men's roles in our society, along with social forces that mold the lives of women. The women's movement and changes in the legal, economic, social, educational, and political arenas as they affect women are investigated. The status of women in the context of contemporary society is explored.

3354: Marriage and Family
Contemporary family life styles are presented from a sociopsychological viewpoint with stress on personal awareness, growth, and satisfaction in interpersonal relations. Topics include dating, mate selection, communication, sexual adjustment, parenting, cohesion, and adaptability, and divorce.

3360: Juvenile Delinquency
A study of delinquency in a changing society, with emphasis on social causes and methods of control.

3361: Extreme Deviance
An overview of deviant belief systems, touching upon the definition of deviance, the methodological issues surrounding the study of deviance, and the theories used to explain deviant behavior.

3365: Population Geography
Population patterns emphasizing fertility, mortality, and migrations in various regions.

3372: Population Health
Overview of causes of individual differences in health and well-being in the United States. Students examine the magnitude of health disparities by socioeconomic status, gender, race / ethnicity, and age; identify the mechanisms that lead to illness and disease; critically evaluate various theories of health and well-being; and learn how knowledge of health is generated and how biological and sociological concepts of health are operationalized.

3402: Social Statistics
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics for social science majors. Development of skills in research analysis.

43C9: Senior Colloquim
A final overview of the major works of theory and research in sociology, including all subfields, and involving all sociology professors.

4303: Applied Social Research
Field experience in applied social research: theory construction, population and sample identification, data collection, statistical analysis, and research report presentation.

4309: Social Psychology
A survey of causes and effects of human interaction.

4310: Death and Dying
An examination of issues in the field of death awareness. Interactions between the dying individual and family, friends, and professionals are analyzed.

4311: Sociology of Sport
A study of the social processes, history, role performances, and other variables which interact to form the modern sports complex. The relationship of sports to law, religion, race, gender, mass media, mass culture, economics, youth, and politics will be examined.

4315: Sociology of Education
A study of the structure and functioning of the social organization of the school in light of goals to be achieved and the examination of interrelationships of education with other institutions.

4320: Culture and Personality
A study of the relationship between culture and personality and theories concerning the development of culture and personality. Historical studies and current research relating to personality development, in particular social and cultural situations are evaluated.

4322: Social Inequality
This course examines the relational processes in society that have the effect of limiting or harming a group's social status, social class, and social circle.

4325: Sociology of Religion
A study of the ways in which religion influences society, culture, and personality, and conversely, how the latter affect religion.

4331: Social Demography
This course is a statistical study of human populations to include the characteristics of human population, size, growth, density, and distribution.

4335 Sociology of Law
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. A sociological examination of the role of law in society with an emphasis on the relationship between law and other social institutions and how our legal system attempts to solve particular social problems.

4340: Ethnicity and Aging
Impact of ethnicity as an explanatory variable in understanding the nature of the aging process. Special consideration is given to how ethnicity shapes the nature of health and human service policy and delivery on behalf of older persons.

4352: Criminology
An analysis of crime, criminals, and the correctional system in America, with emphasis on the effects of crime on the social order.

4353: Sociology of Medicine
A sociological examination of health, illness, and the social organization of medical care in the US. Consideration is given to race, class, gender, and age as factors influencing health, illness, and the delivery of medical care.

4366: SocialMovements
Contemporary social change as an outcome of the economic, political, and social processes involved in the development of modern industrial society. Structures for planned social change are studied.

4381: Methods of Social Research
Basic methods and techniques used in social research. Development of abilities to read, understand, and evaluate social research.

4391: Social Theory
A review of the development of social theory from its origins in philosophy to current efforts at theory construction. Particular schools are evaluated, and recent convergences in social anthropology, sociology, and social psychology are noted.

4393: Sociology of Aging
A study of the impact upon aging individuals and society as well as the reactions of individuals and society to aging. Social gerontology is the primary focus.

4395: Aging and Mental Health
An examination of the mental health needs and related problems of aging individuals and approved mental health treatments for such persons.

4V70: Special Topics in Sociology
Study in the area of sociology not covered by regular course offerings. Student will contract with professor regarding study and number of credit hours.