SOC 100C • Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
An introduction to the study of society, considering the fundamental concepts of sociology in each of three great areas: social structure, social processes, and social problems. Sociology deals with the way individuals, groups, and institutions are related to one another.
SOC/KINE 258 • Sociology of Sports and Human Movement (3 units)
This class will examine the historical and contemporary interpretations of the role of play, games, sports, dance, fitness, and recreation in a variety of cultures. This class will also address sociocultural issues such as gender, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity in sport. This course is only offered odd years in the Fall.
SOC 291, 292, 293 • Special Topics (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study of a special topic in Sociology. May be repeated for credit.
SOC 305 • Criminology and the Criminal Justice System (3 units)
Prerequisite: ANTH 102C or SOC 100C. This is a survey course that introduces students to the motivations for criminal behavior and societal responses to them. Law, crime, and crime control will be presented as social phenomena that can be adequately understood only in terms of larger social and cultural contexts.
SOC/ANTH/ICST 320 • Social and Cultural Change (3 units)
Prerequisite: ANTH 102C; SOC 100C recommended. The study of change, its processes and consequences in non-Western and contemporary societies. Special emphasis will be given to cross-cultural change involving migrants, minorities, religious contacts, as well as change at the personal level.
SOC/PSYC 324 • Social Psychology (3 units)
Prerequisites: SOC 100C or PSYC 103C. An examination of interpersonal behavior as it is influenced by social processes, culture, face-to-face interactions, and personality characteristics; including interpersonal and group behavior in relationship to social values, norms, attitudes, roles, and social needs.
SOC 330 • Social Problems (3 units)
A selective sociological analysis of major problems confronting American society, discussion of individual and social disorganization, poverty, urbanization, deviancy, effects of mass media, and other issues.
SOC 332 • Marriage and the Family (3 units)
Prerequisites: SOC 100C or PSYC 103C. The institutions of marriage and the family are explored from the sociological perspective which emphasizes the influence of societal norms on human behavior and social structures. Commonly held conceptions of traditional marital forms and alternative forms of cohabitation both historical and modern are examined using the analytical tools of social science theory, research methods, and statistics.
SOC/ANTH 334 • Gender, Culture, and Society (3 units)
Prerequisite: ANTH 102C or SOC 100C. Gender as a social construction with powerful consequences is explored in this course along with those cultural values and ideologies which perpetuate the discourse of differences. Contemporary studies of gender cross-culturally will enable an appreciation of the broad diversity in the application of gender constructs and their resultant cultural effects.
SOC/PSYC 335 • Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C or PSYC 103C. Views human aging from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. The physiology of aging and its psychological ramifications are explored, as is the sociology and spirituality of the older adult in contemporary society.
SOC/ANTH 343 • Class, Race, Ethnicity and Gender (3 units)
Prerequisites: SOC 100C or ANTH 102C. This course focuses on the distribution of power and resources across racial and ethnic/cultural groups, class structure, and gender. Phenomenological, institutional, and structural aspects of prejudice and discrimination are examined using the matrix of domination (the intersection of attributes related to class, race, ethnicity and gender) to explore the life experiences of individuals.
SOC 345/PSYC 344 • Family Violence (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C, PSYC 103C or consent of instructor. Investigates the identification, causes, and prevention of all types of intrafamily abuse: child, spouse, sibling, and parent. Explores theories and research findings for practical application. Studies the sociocultural contexts in which abuse and violence occur. For students whose careers will bring contact with victims and/or perpetrators of family violence.
SOC/ANTH/PSYC 346 • Human Sexuality (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C or PSYC 103C (preferably both), and junior or senior standing. Human Sexuality provides an overview of human sexual anatomy, physiology, gender identity, sex role development and expression, modes of sexual expression, sexual deviation, the meaning of sexuality within relationships, and ethical considerations.
SOC/PLST 349 • Religion and Society (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C or ANTH 102C. The social structural approach to the study of religion, with particular emphasis on American society. Examines personal religious experience and expressions, structural forms, systemic relationships between religious systems and other social subsystems.
SOC 352 • Urban Sociology (3 units)
Prerequisite: ANTH 102C or SOC 100C. A study of urban life with emphasis on its organization, unique functions, and problems.
SOC/PSYC 355 • Survey of Human Services (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C or PSYC 103C. Survey of Human Services explores the ways in which care is provided for the whole individual, surveying community resources and developing an understanding of the ways in which human services are carried out in various settings. Ethical issues and the significance of a Christian worldview in human services are also examined.
SOC 362 • Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (3 units)
Prerequisites: SOC 100C, PSYC 103C or permission of instructor. The causes of juvenile delinquency are reviewed from a broad social systems perspective. Delinquent crimes, gang activity and violence are studied, as is the system of juvenile justice. Course is designed for those who will be working with juveniles.
SOC 365 • Sociological Theory (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C. An introduction to the theorists and theoretical models which result from examination and analysis of our empirical world of social relations, social structures, and social institutions.
SOC 367 • Sociology of Corrections (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C or consent of the instructor. Provides an overview of modern adult corrections; specifically, probation, parole, incarceration, community-based corrections, and prevention programs. Includes survey of history, application and theory of punishment philosophies and practices. Studies contemporary correctional policies, practices, and issues.
SOC/ANTH 369 • Research Design and Methods (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 265C; ANTH 354 or SOC 365. Examines the major qualitative and quantitative research methods used in applied Anthropology and Sociology. Particular emphasis will be given to design, preparation, and process of applied social research. Introduces students to various methods including unobtrusive observation, structured and unstructured interviewing, and survey research.
SOC/ANTH 369L • Research Design and Methods Lab (1 unit)
Co-requisite: ANTH/SOC 369 Research Design and Methods. Introduces students to computer software utilized by social researchers to compile, manage and analyze data as a product of research.
SOC 373 • Deviant Behavior (3 units)
Explores how societies decide what behaviors are deviant, how they attempt to prevent and/or correct deviance and the consequences to the offenders and the social structures in which they occur. Emphasis is given to research that describes deviance, theories which explain the social conditions contributing to the emergence and perpetuation of deviance, and the analysis of society’s programmed efforts to resolve the problems deviance produces.
SOC/ANTH 374 • Dynamics of Organizations (3 units)
Prerequisites: ANTH 102C, SOC 100C or PSYC 103C. An exploration of the dynamics of organizations including theoretical perspectives of formal and complex organizations. Students survey and investigate the internal processes, relationships and interactions that are embedded into the explicit structural forms of organizations and the tacit deep structure of meanings that people use to negotiate their lives through these systems. This sense-making process is further expressed in linkages to the external environment and strategic recommendations that connects to the organizational culture.
SOC/ANTH 422 • Social Entrepreneurship (3 units)
This course invites students to learn how innovative organizations tackle some of our world’s most difficult problems by applying the principles of social entrepreneurship. Students identify and discover their own personal values and calling to better understand where to best have impact. The course is designed to provide students with a broad perspective of how different types of organizations attempt to change the world for good. It also challenges students to think critically about how faith plays a critical role in bringing about lasting change.
SOC/ANTH/NSCI 429 • Health, Disease and Globalization: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 units)
Prerequisites: ANTH 102C and/or ANTH 320; NSCI 210C or KINE 145C or BIOL 204C are helpful but not required. Check with instructor if necessary. This course surveys elements of health and disease and investigates their sociocultural contexts in light of increasing globalization and environmental pressures. It uses the principles and techniques of epidemiology to understand both the biology and contexts of diseases, human cultural diversity with regards to beliefs and attitudes, practices that affect health and illness, and health-seeking or health-thwarting behaviors. The relationship of human behaviors, ecological conditions, mental and ideological states as these impact health and illness are explored. Transmissible and chronic diseases are both covered.
SOC 430 • Religion and Human Rights in the World (3 units)
Prerequisites: SOC 100C or ANTH 102C or consent of the instructor. Examines how religion intertwines with human rights practices in a given country. As the most basic of human rights, religion is an important component in answering the question of how a nation honors or violates the human rights of its citizens.
SOC/ANTH 442 • Globalization and Development (3 units)
Prerequisites: ANTH 102C; ANTH 320 recommended. Course considers anthropological approaches to the analysis of economic development and change, with special attention given to contemporary development concerns as perceived at the local level. The organization of large and small-scale development organizations, including non-government organizations, in non-Western settings will also be examined. Class is also designed to meet the needs of students interested in participating in both overseas and domestic community/organizations/economic development.
SOC 450 • Sociology Teaching Internship (1-3 units)
Open to seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or above with approval of the department chair. Regular hours each week for classes and/or meetings are established at the beginning of the semester. The intern assists an instructor in planning and conducting a course and/or laboratory sessions. May be repeated for a maximum of six units.
SOC 455 • Sociology Research Assistantship (1-3 units)
Prerequisites: SOC 100C, SOCS/MATH/PSYC 265C, and SOC 369. Open to juniors and seniors and requires the consent of the professor serving as the principal investigator of a research process. The student assistant will be assigned to work on various steps of the research process from the formulation of the problem through the analysis of the data and preparation of the research report in written and/or oral formats. May be repeated for a maximum of six units.
SOC 460A • Field Practicum (3-4 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C, and junior or senior standing. Field experience in a social service agency such as an outpatient health facility, a community organization, or a social program. This course is controlled by the instructor and all field sites must be approved by the professor. The course instructor and the university manage the course requirements and responsibilities, which may include: a research paper, weekly journals, and various written assignments. The course requires weekly interaction between professor and student, as well as training and preparation that are comparable with other courses within the major. Thirty hours of field experience will be required for each credit hour. Students must take SOC 460A or SOC 462A as a major upper division requirement. May be repeated as SOC 460B for 1-4 units in a subsequent semester.
SOC 460B • Field Practicum (1-4 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 460A. This course offers the student the opportunity to continue their Field Practicum begun in SOC 460A for one additional semester. Thirty hours of field experience will be required for each credit hour.
SOC 462A • Research Practicum (3-4 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 365 and SOC 369. This course provides an in-depth research experience. Students work closely with a faculty mentor at all levels of the research process–from the development of a conceptual framework and articulation of the research question to the creation of the research instrument and collection of data. Students will be introduced to SPSS (a data analysis program for Social Sciences) and will have the opportunity to present their findings in a number of settings. Thirty hours of research experience will be required for each credit hour. Must take SOC 460A or SOC 462A as a major upper division requirement. May be repeated as SOC 462B for 1-4 units in a subsequent semester.
SOC 462B • Research Practicum (1-4 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 462A. This course offers the student the opportunity to continue their research experience begun in SOC 462A for one additional semester. Thirty hours of research experience will be required for each credit hour.
SOC/ANTH 465 • Transforming Communities Seminar (3 units)
An exploration of the role of local churches in developing sustainable solutions to poverty. The course reviews the history of faith-based efforts to strengthen human well-being in Latin America and El Salvador. Students will also identify and evaluate the characteristics of successful partnerships between churches and other local private and public institutions, and NGOs. A significant component of the class will consist of spending time with local churches that are engaged in poverty alleviation work.
SOC/POLS 468 • Law and Society (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C or consent of the instructor. Examines law and the legal structure in its social context. Explores the nature, sources, dimensions, and impact of law from social scientific perspectives. Analyzes the uses and limits of law in maintaining order and promoting social change.
SOC 470 • Special Topics (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C and sophomore level and above. Study of a special topic in one of the fields of sociology. May be repeated for credit. Special topic courses are developed by faculty according to student interest and are offered periodically.
SOC 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and department chair. May be repeated for credit.
SOC 490C • Senior Seminar (3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. This course is designed to serve as a rite of passage for graduating seniors. It particularly is intended to assist the student in integrating the multifaceted aspects of their educational experience with their short- and long-term life goals. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum Capstone requirement for Sociology majors.
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