Sociology is the social science that studies human groups and society. It explores the multiple influences that groups exert in our personal lives: friendships, marriages, families, work units, businesses, schools, neighborhoods, organizations, communities, churches and clubs, among others.
In addition, sociology analyzes how and why groups form, hold together, and sometimes break up. It seeks an accurate and scientific understanding of society and of social life.
Likewise, sociology explores the many social and cultural forces that operate throughout society forces that form individual persons, shape their attitudes and behaviors, and determine social events.
Sociology students learn countless applied and practical ways to change and to improve human life. Through the study of society, students learn how to deal more effectively with others while developing their thinking, analytical, problem-solving, research and communication skills.
Majors in Sociology
Minor in Sociology
SC 1311. Introductory Sociology. 3 Semester Hours.
An introduction to the scope and methods of sociology, emphasizing the concepts of social structure, organization, institution, culture and socialization, and including analyses of primary and secondary groups, sex roles, social control, stratification, minorities, collective behavior, and population dynamics. Prerequisite for all courses in the Criminology program.
SC 3300. Special Topics in Sociology. 3 Semester Hours.
Topics will vary from semester to semester. May be retaken for additional credit when a different topic is offered.
SC 3301. North American Indians. 3 Semester Hours.
Survey of Indians from the time of European contact through the present, emphasizing the situation of contemporary Native Americans.
SC 3302. Ancient Civilization of the Americas. 3 Semester Hours.
SC 3305. Interviewing Techniques. 3 Semester Hours.
SC 3306. Qualitative Research Methods. 3 Semester Hours.
An introduction to the methods used to conduct qualitative research in natural social settings. An examination of the methods of ethnography, participant observation/non-participant observation, focus group, interview, and use of documentary sources will be included. Students may have the opportunity to engage in hands-on research. Additional topics include data coding, data analysis, and research ethics. Prerequisite: Junior standing and have completed nine hours of pscyhology or sociology related courses.
SC 3308. Sociology of Religion. 3 Semester Hours.
An introduction to basic issues in the sociology of religion, including alternative definitions of religion, the relationship of religion to economic, political and other social institutions, and the influence of religion on personal development, social order, conflict, and change. Religious institutions are viewed in historical and cross-cultural perspective.
SC 3310. Sociology of Sex Roles. 3 Semester Hours.
An examination of the process of learning male and female roles. Topics include sexual identity, gender stereotypes, cross-cultural differences in gender roles and socialization, and changes in these roles in contemporary society.
SC 3315. Future Societies. 3 Semester Hours.
An introduction to social forecasting and the sociology of the future. This course explores a range of alternative possibilities for the future of human societies, including both optimistic and pessimistic scenarios. Topics include the impact of technology on social relations, the future of major social institutions, and prospects for the solution of global problems.
SC 3320. Social Stratification. 3 Semester Hours.
An analysis of social stratification utilizing social class as the unit of study. The course will focus on the structure of social classes in the U.S. as a major factor influencing individual and group life chances with regards to education, crime, health, and disease, world views and life styles.
SC 3321. Social Issues. 3 Semester Hours.
Current discussions of contemporary social problems, including issues related to family and sexuality, health and substance abuse, education, poverty, prejudice and discrimination, population and environment, war and peace.
SC 3342. Social Organization&Social Sys. 3 Semester Hours.
An analysis of human behavior in organizations viewed as social systems. Topics include formal and informal structures, corporate cultures, organizational goals and problems, communication, interpersonal relations, adaptation, and change.
SC 3343. The Family. 3 Semester Hours.
A study of the family as an institution and social system, including discussions of dating and mate selection, premarital and extramarital sex, birth control, abortion, illegitimacy, family planning, spousal relationships, interracial and interfaith marriages, socialization, social control, and change.
SC 3345. Social Work Profession and Practice. 3 Semester Hours.
SC 3351. Social Psychology. 3 Semester Hours.
SC 3352. Group Dynamics. 3 Semester Hours.
An analysis of the structure, functions and processes of small groups from a social-psychological perspective. Practical applications are explored for education, counseling, social work, business, and law.
SC 3353. Pulic Opinion and Propaganda. 3 Semester Hours.
An examination of the nature, extent, and purposes of propaganda and of other social and psychological influences on public opinion. Topics include techniques of persuasion and the role of mass media and advertising in shaping public attitudes.
SC 3355. Internship in Sociology. 3 Semester Hours.
Experiential education related to the theoretical and researcch topics studied in sociology. The experience consists of pre-professional work in social agencies, community programs, and other appropriate settings approved by the department. Junior/Senior status and at least 9 hours of upper-division sociology are prerequisites. Involves written sociological analysis. 3 to 6 semester hours of credit, with a maximum of 3 hours per semester.
SC 3361. Urban Sociology. 3 Semester Hours.
An analysis of cities, their historical development and social organization. Topics include urbanization in developed and developing societies, urban stratification and lifestyles, and urban, metropolitan and regional planning.
SC 3362. Population and Society. 3 Semester Hours.
The demographic study of human populations, including fertility, mortality, migration, age, sex, class composition. The ecological study of relations between human societies and their environments. Analysis of environmental problems and proposed solutions.
SC 3371. Minority Relations. 3 Semester Hours.
A study of ethnic, religious and racial relations in the U.S. and other countries. Topics include power relationships, prejudice, discrimination, ethnic stratification, migration, assimilation and pluralism. Minorities to be considered include Blacks, Mexican-Americans and Native Americans.
SC 3381. Introductory Statistics. 3 Semester Hours.
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics designed for the student of behavioral sciences. (same as AN, SE 3381).
SC 4300. Social Gerontology. 3 Semester Hours.
A study of the aging process, with emphasis on its social, cultural and psychological aspects. Topics include the effects of aging on personality, intelligence, sexuality and maturity; family relationships; the demography of aging; and the relevance of gerontology theory and research for social policy.
SC 4305. Death and Dying. 3 Semester Hours.
A holistic treatment of the dying person and his/her environment. Topics include cross-cultural differences in grief and mourning behaviors, psychological process of the terminally ill, funeral practices, hospice alternatives, and ethical problems related to the medical extension of life.
SC 4383. Sociological Research. 3 Semester Hours.
An introduction to the history and methods of sociological research. Topics include the logic of scientific research, observation, questionnaires, interviews, content analysis, experiments, descriptive statistics, sampling, computerized data analysis and presentation. Students conduct actual research project.
SC 4384. Sociological Theory. 3 Semester Hours.
An overview of major European and American social theorists and their influence on current sociological research and applications.
Armando Abney, Ph.D.
Janet Armitage, Ph.D.
Grace Keyes, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Sue Nash, Ph.D.