Sociology

SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology

An identification and explanation of the principles and an analysis of social life considering its multifaceted character. Topics include the nature of social science, culture and the socialization process, primary groups, social stratification, social structure, population, and social change.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 20103: Honors Service Learning

A field experience for Honors students that will help them develop leadership skills and apply sociological theories to a practical setting. Each student will spend a minimum of sixty clock hours in a service-learning experience. Sites are approved by the Director of the Honors Program and the course instructor. The class meets for one class period a week to discuss readings and share learning from their field experiences. Recommended: SOC 25103: Social Problems, Honors Section. 

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 24103 Minority Groups

An objective analysis of the origin, characteristics, status, and adjustments of American racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and other minorities. The course includes a historical study in global context of American multi-cultural diversity through the study of race, ethnicity, and gender. Special emphasis is given to women as a minority group and Appalachia.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 25103 Social Problems

Applies sociological methods and theories to analysis of current social problems and development of possible solutions in U.S. and global contexts. Prerequisite: SOC 11103.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 25403 Marriage and the Family

A socio-historical analysis of the institutions of courtship, marriage, family, and divorce. Emphasis will be placed on changes occurring in the American family structure and contemporary problems, in particular, the role of women.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 27102 Death and Dying

The sociological implications of death and dying in American society. Special attention focused on the social psychological, social structural, and cultural components of death from the distinctly American perspective. Course will apply research findings to real-life issues, including the dying patient, disposal of remains, and survivorship.

Offered On Demand for 2 Semester hours.

SOC 27203 Introduction to Aging

A survey course designed to orient the student in the interdisciplinary study of aging, normal aging processes, the aging individual in society, social problems of old age, and public policy and the older adult. It is intended to enable the student to gain a basic conception of gerontology through instilling a broad base of knowledge for application to other disciplines and occupations.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 27203/37203 Introduction to Aging

A survey course designed to orient the student in the interdisciplinary study of aging, normal aging processes, the aging individual in society, social problems of old age, and public policy and the older adult. It is intended to enable the student to gain a basic conception of gerontology through instilling a broad base of knowledge for application to other disciplines and occupations.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 29901-03 Directed Studies in Sociology

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in Sociology. May include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and the completion of at least six (6) credit hours in the discipline, as well as sponsorship by an instructor and approval of the Dean of the College of Behavioral Sciences. 

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

SOC 36103 Social Research

Designed to give each student such knowledge of statistics, principles, and methods of scientific inquiry that will strengthen the individual’s professional practice and develop ability for research.

Offered Fall, Spring for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 42103 Sociological Theory

A survey of sociological theory from August Comte to the present. The development and utilization of theories will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Twelve (12) hours in Sociology or permission of the instructor.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

SOC 49901-03 Directed Studies in Sociology

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in Sociology. May include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing and the completion of at least twelve (12) credit hours in the discipline, as well as sponsorship by an instructor and approval of the Dean of the College of Behavioral Sciences.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.