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These are the current course descriptions including any pre- and co-requisites.

BUS 202 - Career Development for Underclassmen
1 Credit
College students understand the importance of acquiring a degree but must also engage in planning and development related to their specific career goals to qualify for entering a suitable profession. This preparation involves occupational research, direct investigation and acquiring specific experiences (both developmental and pre-professional) in advance of the senior year. This course covers concepts and approaches that will help college students clarify their options, and prepare for their chosen profession. 

Students will learn about practical preparations such as gaining experience through internships, and the value of involvement in student organizations, campus programs and other extracurricular activities (in addition to skills developed through their coursework). Instruction will also cover resume development, investigating career fields and securing an internship.


BUS 302 - Job Search & Professionalism
1 Credit
Positioning oneself for a chosen field and securing employment requires proficiency in job search skills and methods. In addition to relevant experience, graduates entering their field of choice need an understanding of the practices and skills utilized when engaging the professional world. This course will initiate juniors and seniors into the process of securing a suitable occupation, and conducting themselves effectively in a professional setting. 

Instruction and assignments will include the following topics: identifying personal strengths, occupational research, informational interviewing, internet resources, writing resumes and cover letters, professional communication and conduct, networking and social media, searching, applying and interviewing for positions.


MTH 140 - Introduction to Statistics
3 Credits
An introduction to the basic concepts and computations used in statistical analysis as well as their application to problems in other disciplines, especially biology, business, education, and social sciences. Topics include the description of data graphically and numerically, the collection of data via samples and experiments, and the process of drawing inferences or conclusions from data.

The laboratory component of the course emphasizes conceptual understanding, interpretation of statistical quantities, and written/oral communication and will require the use of mathematical software. 

Prerequisite: MTH 102 or placement.


PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology
3 Credits
A survey course on the basic principles of psychology and their applications to human behavior and social problems. Multiple perspectives emerging from different philosophical and socio-historical contexts are used to examine domains of human thought and behavior. Topics include research methods, human development, gender differences, learning and cognition, psychobiology, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, methods of treatment, and the impact of social situations and culture on behavior.


PSY 212 - Social Psychology
3 Credits
A study of theory and research on how individual behavior is influenced by its social context. Topics include social beliefs and judgments, attitude formation, persuasion, altruism, aggression and violence, prejudice, and group processes. 

Prerequisite: PSY 100.


SCE 000 Senior Comprehensive Examination


SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
3 Credits
A survey of the basic concepts of the sociological analysis of human behavior. Topics include culture and socialization; deviance and social control; stratification and social class; inequalities of gender, race, ethnicity, and class; collective behavior and social change; and the role of social institutions in society including family, health care, education, religion, politics, and the economy. Some sections may include a service-learning component. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


SOC 110 - Anthropology: What Makes Us Human?
3 Credits
An introductory overview from an anthropological perspective with a specific focus upon culture-a central dynamic factor in the development of concepts of self-identity and ethnicity. Examination of evolution, the interrelationships between environment and the formation of social institutions and values.


SOC 215 - Deviance & Institutional Problems
3 Credits
This course is a study of the definition and management of those defined as socially deviant with an emphasis on western societies. A sociological perspective is used to examine a range of topics including drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, stigma management, fear and risk perceptions, and the medicalization of deviance, as well as evaluate contemporary institutional problems surrounding the management of deviance such as inequality, classism, racism, and sexism.


SOC 255 - Marriage, Sex, and Family
3 Credits
The course introduces a sociological analysis of the family across cultures. This includes an exploration of the social dynamics of human attraction, dating, mate selection, marriage, sexuality, family planning, pregnancy, parenting, and aging. We examine challenges families face with communication, two-job families, finances, conflict, crises, abuse, divorce, remarriage, blended families, and death. Students will develop skills for analyzing family health and for improving family relationships. 


 SOC/CRJ - 263 Juvenile Delinquency
3 Credits
The history of the treatment of juvenile offenders; patterns of delinquency; treatment modalities; causative factors; the juvenile justice system; social and cultural influences upon juveniles in modern society; current theories of juvenile delinquency.


SOC 279B - CORE: Nonviolent Social Change
3 Credits
The course addresses the philosophical and religious foundations, theory, history, and practice of nonviolence as a method of social change. The course will include study of some of the great nonviolent leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Building on a nonviolent foundation, the course explores strategies for social organizing, designing campaigns for social change, fundraising, coalition building, recruiting, marketing ideas, media relations, and empowering grassroots leadership.

The class will explore common elements of successful social change movements throughout history including: labor, women’s, human rights, poor people’s, peace and environmental. In relation to social change, the course will address the question, “What does it mean to belong to a community?” Students will work with diverse communities and have the opportunity to translate knowledge into action through a community service component focused on the common good. 

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status. Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG 111. Not open to students with Credit in SOC 320 or SOC 322. This course partially fulfills the Social Behavioral Science requirement.


SOC/CRJ 340 - Human Trafficking
3 Credits
This course provides students with an overview of human trafficking on a domestic and international scale. The course will explore the root causes of this crime, trafficker tactics, victim indicators, current laws, law enforcement’s view and approach to this criminal activity, and the role of advocacy by non-governmental organizations. 

Not open to students with Credit in SOC/CRJ 385C. 


SOC/CRJ 348B - Prisons & Mental Hospitals
3 Credits
An historical review of the notions of criminality and mental illness with a focus on the emergence and development of prisons and mental hospitals. 

Prerequisites: ENG 110-111 or 101-102.


SOC/POL/CRJ 352 - Research Methods
3 Credits
This course examines research design and measurement techniques useful for understanding social science research. The course is skill based involving students in critical evaluation of existing research relevant to their specific field of study, design of a research project, and an introduction to data analysis using SPSS. Of particular interest are issues of problem definition and research question formulation, conceptualization and operationalization of variables, sampling, and application of various methodologies from experimental designs to evaluation research. 

Prerequisites: MTH 140; junior standing or consent of the instructor.


SOC/CRJ 365 - Criminology
3 Credits
Study of the nature, distribution and types of crime in society. Theories of crime causation in both historical and contemporary perspectives are examined. Prerequisite: CRJ 105 or consent of instructor.


SOC 379A - CORE: Poverty & Development Seminar
3 Credits
This course will examine the causes, consequences, and solutions to Central American poverty while studying in Guatemala. The course will explore poverty in the context of colonial history, economic globalization, political and economic policies of unrestrained capitalism and trade, population growth, tropical climate, and cultural patterns. Students will travel in both urban and rural Guatemala meeting with non-profit organizations, government officials, and living with poor families.

Grassroots efforts to address poverty including micro loan programs, sustainable agriculture, empowerment of women, literacy campaigns, prejudice reduction, and education for democracy will be emphasized. Spanish is useful but not necessary.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with Credit in SOC 241. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.


SOC/SWK 379B - CORE: Global Ethnic Relations
3 Credits
This course seeks to empower students to become knowledgeable, caring, and active citizens in a diverse and often ethnically polarized world. The course examines multiple dimensions of global diversity (race, ethnicity, religion); common responses to differences including prejudice, discrimination, segregation, colonization, genocide and positive alternatives such as assimilation and egalitarian pluralism. We will examine ethnic relations in the U.S. and around the world through the lens of history.

The course concludes with the ethical basis for seeking social justice via anti-discrimination work and strategies for dismantling discrimination and repairing strained ethnic divides at the individual, institutional, and societal levels. Students will have the opportunity to translate knowledge into action for social justice through a bridging cultures project.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement. Not open to students with Credit in SOC/SWK 346 or 279D.


SOC/CRJ/POL 379C - CORE: Causes of Collective Violence: Terrorism, Genocide, War
3 Credits 
This is an introduction to theories of conflict and war from the inter-group to the international level. Included are causes of terrorism, ethnic conflict and genocide, revolution, and interstate war. This includes an analysis of causes of conflict at four levels: individual, small group, the nation/state, and the international system.

This course is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Case studies of contemporary conflicts are utilized to explain and test various theoretical perspectives and to examine the consequences of war. Not open to students with Credit in POL/CRJ/SOC 347.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111.


SOC 479 - CORE: Sociological Theory
3 Credits
An analysis and integration of major theorists and theoretical schools in historical and contemporary social thought. Underlying themes include human nature, the structure and functioning of social groupings, and the articulation of individual and society. This course is a macroscopic, systemic analysis of human behavior which both focuses on and makes connections between/among concepts of self, community, justice and truth.

Prerequisite: Completion of junior core seminar.


SOC 1/2/3/485 - Special Topics
1-3 Credits
Intensive reading and class discussion of selected topics in sociology not covered in regular courses. 


SOC 2/3/486 - Independent Study
1-3 Credits
Intensive reading or special research projects for students with advanced standing. Includes Honors Program research.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, academic advisor, division chairperson.


SOC 497  - Internship & Seminar
1-6 Credits
Fieldwork under supervision in a local organization or agency. The student will spend 50 hours in the field for each hour of Credit and will meet with faculty weekly in seminar to discuss and to reflect upon the connections between coursework and fieldwork.

Prerequisite: senior standing; 2.5 GPA; successful completion of application requirements for fieldwork.


SWK 100 - Social Problems & Social Policies
3 Credits
An introduction to social policy of the American welfare state drawing upon historical background and analytical approaches in making the connections between social problems and social policies. Highlights concerns of the social work profession within the social policy process particularly as these relate to issues of social justice regarding vulnerable population groups and the global interconnections of oppression.