Sociology

Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours Course Description Cross Listed Course Prerequisite
SOC 201 Economics of Food and Agriculture 3 The course offers an introduction to agriculture economics
and some basic tools and concepts essential to economic decision making.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
SOC 202 Rural Communities: Legacy and Change 3 Social problems of small communities are examined in
changing rural America. The approach is sociological but interdisciplinary incorporating historical analysis and political economy.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
SOC 203 Principles of Sociology 3 Survey of the basic principles and concepts of sociology. Not Applicable Not Applicable
SOC 300 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 This
course serves as an introduction to the use of statistics
as a method of describing and analyzing data from research in the behavioral and social sciences.
POS 300, PSY 300 MAT 115
SOC 301 Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 Introduces the basic logic, knowledge, and
skills of research design and methodology in the behavioral and social sciences.
POS 301, PSY 301 SOC 300, POS 300, PSY 300 or consent of instructor
SOC 303 Cultural Anthropology 3 Introduction to the scientific study of human culture; the examination of the ecological,
historical, and evolutionary foundations of culture
Not Applicable SOC 203
SOC 304 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 A sociological analysis of modern race and ethnic relations with attention given to black-white interaction,
race prejudice, discrimination, cultural differences, and
socio-cultural dynamics.
Not Applicable SOC 203, HIS 201, and HIS 202
SOC 305 Contemporary Social Problems 3 An examination of social issues and conflicts of society from a sociological perspective. Not Applicable SOC 203
SOC 312 The Sociology of Poverty 3 Investigation of the socio-cultural factors that contribute to poverty and deprivation
in rural and urban settings.
Not Applicable SOC 305
SOC 314 Demography 3 Examination
of the factors that affect growth, size, composition,
and distribution of human populations; the components
of population change and their relationship to
socio-cultural variables.
Not Applicable SOC 203 and SOC 300
SOC 320 Social Stratification 3 Study
of systems of social ranking in societies. Attention is
focused on social classes in American societies and the
distribution of power, prestige, and privileges.
Not Applicable SOC 203 or consent of instructor
SOC 343 Juvenile Delinquency 3 The prerequisite may be taken
concurrently. Study of the causes of delinquency as
revealed through personal, family, and community-
situational conditions.
Not Applicable SOC 203
SOC 350 Urban Sociology 3 The prerequisite may be taken concurrently. Examination of social processes, including
the emergence of leadership, the structure of authority,
and the differentiation between and among
urban institutions.
Not Applicable SOC 203
SOC 400 Internship 3 The internship offers experiential learning wherein
students are assigned to research and agriculture extension
mentors. The objective is to encourage careers
in agriculture through direct experience.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
SOC 403 Social Psychology 3 An intensive study of the
growing field of cognitive psychology. The course
explores concepts of memory, attention, thinking, and
language with reflections on information processing
and artificial intelligence.
PSY 403 PSY 200 and SOC 203, or consent of instructor
SOC 405 Sociological Theory 3 The social, cultural, and intellectual foundations of sociological
theory.
Not Applicable Junior classification in Sociology
SOC 423 Criminology 3 The latter prerequisite may be taken concurrently. A study of criminology from the classical schools to the present, with special units on the professional criminal and white collar crime. Not Applicable SOC 203
SOC 428 Applied Sociology 3 Examination
of a broad range of perspectives for the
application of sociological principles and techniques to
human environmental problems and conditions.
Not Applicable Junior classification in Sociology
SOC 430 Child Welfare Services 3 An historical analysis of child welfare as an institution
and an in-depth study of programs, policies, practices and their impact on children, youth and families.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
SOC 431 Social Change 3 A seminar in which students present and defend independently developed projects
on the dynamics of change
Not Applicable SOC 203 and 9 additional semester credit hours earned in upper-level Sociology courses.
Open to seniors only.
SOC 490 Sociological Practicum I 1 - 6 directed reading,
research, or pre-professional working-learning experience for selected students in sociology.
Not Applicable Consent of instructor
SOC 491 Sociological Practicum II 1 - 6 This course is designed to develop analytical skills, interpretation
and research; and to nurture intellectual
self-reliance and critical thinking. The Senior paper of publishable quality is the major outcome of this course.
Not Applicable Consent of instructor
SOC 492 Sociological Practicum III 1 - 6 This course is designed to develop analytical skills, interpretation
and research; and to nurture intellectual
self-reliance and critical thinking. The Senior paper of publishable quality is the major outcome of this course.
Not Applicable Consent of instructor
SOC 499 Senior Colloquium 3 This course is designed to develop analytical skills, interpretation
and research; and to nurture intellectual
self-reliance and critical thinking. The Senior paper of publishable quality is the major outcome of this course.
Not Applicable Senior classification