Sociology Course Descriptions

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice.  Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.

SOC 204

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students become familiar with the terms, concepts, methods, and theories employed by sociologists. The fundamentals of sociological inquiry are explored through investigations of group formation and dynamics, culture and enculturation, social norms and deviance, class and social stratification, and identity as expressed through race, ethnicity, gender, and age.


SOC 205

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students examine sociological principles while discussing current issues relevant to sociology. The course will focus on topics such as bias and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and gender; the role of religion in society, the effects of globalization, and the question of individual agency in relation to social forces.


SOC 210

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students examine intimate relationships, courtship, marriage, and family patterns; address how relationships are built, maintained, changed, and terminated; and consider the influence of intimacy, marriage and family on human development.


SOC 221

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study the nature and extent of delinquency; the major criminological theories regarding delinquency; the role of society in delinquency; the role of gender, race/ethnicity and social institutions on delinquency; and, the impact of delinquency on society.


SOC 225

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students investigate problems associated with increased globalization and transnational processes. Topics vary and may include: gaps between wealthy and poor nations; economic realignments associated with neoliberal economic policies and transnational supply chains; violence in the forms of warfare, terrorism, and transnational crime; drug and human trafficking; the causes and effects of transnational migration; the future of indigenous cultures around the world; environmental issues, consumption, and resource scarcity; drug and human trafficking; and failed states, ethno-nationalism, and genocide.