Course Descriptions

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
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.

Social Psychology
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.