Introduction to Sociology
The scientific study of major theories, methods, concepts and research findings related to human social interaction and social organization are introduced in this course. The course includes the study of culture and social structure; class, gender, race; and social institutions such as the family, the educational system, and the economic and political order.
Criminal Justice in America
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of criminal justice. The administration of justice, law enforcement, law generation, post-arrest and pre-trial process, adjudication, post-conviction process, appellate court systems, societal reactions and juvenile systems.
Cultural Anthropology is a study of human cultures and the relationship of culture to human behavior. Emphasis is placed on interrelationships of the elements of culture, the similarities and differences among cultures and the basic theory and terminology of cultural anthropology.
Marriage and the Family
Marriage and the family as institutions in the United States are studied in this course which includes cross-cultural comparisons. Included are family roles, dating patterns, sexual behavior, marital adjustment, and changes in marriage and the family.
Research Methods in the Social Sciences
This cross-disciplinary course focuses on the major research methods used by social scientists. It will introduce students to the philosophy of science, principles of research design, modes of observation, the analysis of data, and ethical issues surrounding social research.
This cross-disciplinary course examines how situational variables influence people's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. It will introduce students to the major social psychological theories, methods, concepts, and research findings. Topics to be covered include the self, group dynamics, social perception, leadership, conformity, aggression, altruism, and prejudice.
Mass Media Studies
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of mass media from a sociological perspective. It will critically examine the social bases of message construction and dissemination; the role of media in promoting social stability and social change; the process and outcomes of media concentration; social class, racial, gender, and other forms of inequality as they relates to media content; and the consequences of mediated communication for self- and group-identity.
This course is an introduction, using a critical thinking approach, to causes and effects of the major social problems of American society. The course includes such social issues as global inequality, population and environment, poverty, group prejudice, family problems and health care.
Gender Roles and Society
Students will critically evaluate the gender structure and its consequences for individuals and society. Students will examine the influence of society and its institutions on the lives of men and women.
Sociology of Food
This course examines the social and cultural dimensions of the production, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food. It explores the social significance of food, including the determinants of what and how people eat, social meanings associated with certain foods, how food norms reflect and perpetuate forms of social stratification, the rationalization of food-related processes, and the consequences of food conventions for the health of people and the environment.
This course covers an analysis of the intersection of race, class, gender and other diverse groupings with each other and the social system. Attention is given to personal and institutional aspects of the connections, tensions and issues arising from barriers to the equality of diverse groups. Students will understand the meaning of diversity, identify and explain societal and personal barriers that prevent full participation of social groups and examine ways to eliminate these barriers.
Criminology is the scientific study of crime and public legal law enforcement reactions to it. This course surveys the social side of crime and criminal justice, and suggests how we can think about crime from a sociological perspective.