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Sociology Overview

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Sociology is a broad discipline making it an excellent major for anyone interested in society and social relationships. It is relevant wherever human relations are at work. Few majors plan to become professional sociologists but use the major as an undergraduate prerequisite to enter professional schools or to prepare for entering the world of employment. In order to successfully complete a B.A. in sociology students must meet writing intensive and senior seminar requirements.

Sociologists with an undergraduate degree in sociology (B.A.) work in a variety of settings such as government, corporate, law, social service, health care, banking, consulting. Many sociologists work in federal, state and local agencies conducting research, managing programs, and problem solving. Sociologists also work in a variety of industries such as human resources and management, marketing, advertising, telecommunications and insurance. Those with advanced sociology degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) can work for corporations and agencies as organizational consultants and researchers that focus on program development, analysis and evaluation, corporate planning and restructuring. There are also opportunities for an academic career that would lead to teaching and research in colleges, universities, federal, and state agencies.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology requires 30 total hours in sociology. It provides a broad perspective for students interested in careers in the social services, liberal arts, criminal justice, forensic science, the law, journalism and gerontology. Whatever your special interests, you will be able to take courses that will prepare you to address social issues within society or in your immediate career.

A minor in Sociology complements many majors including but not limited to Social Work, Psychology, or Education. If you plan to attend graduate school in any of the Social Sciences, a minor in Sociology provides you with a helpful background. The minor consists of 20 hours of coursework in Sociology and Criminal Justice.

A minor in Criminal Justice is helpful if you wish to work in the criminal justice system, apply for entrance into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or if you want to combine it with your major area (such as Psychology or Social Work) to improve your employment options. The minor requires 24 credits including the five core correctional courses and electives in the Social Sciences.

Sociology Course Descriptions

SOC 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 hours
Course cross-listed with CJ 110; Term: 1 and 2, offered as needed
Historical overview of corrections systems, processes, and roles to present day. Includes adult and juvenile, male and female facilities. Raises current issues.

SOC 201 Sociological Perspectives 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: sophomore status or second semester freshman; Term: 1, 2, offered as needed
The goal of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of society through the lens of the sociological perspective by introducing you to the basic concepts, definitions, and research methods involved in contemporary sociology.

SOC 202 Social Problems 3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: sophomore status or second semester freshman; Term: 2, 3 (alternate years)
Basic concepts and the analysis of major problems of contemporary society. In-depth investigation of the social causes of social problems as well as public policy consequences of solutions. Special emphasis will be given to critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. This course may include a service learning option.

SOC 240 Corrections 3 hours
Course cross-listed with CJ 240; Offered as needed.
Organizational and operational methods in correctional facilities (objectives, security levels, pre-release). Human concerns in custodial care. Includes co-ed and women’s facilities.

SOC 300 Special Topics in Sociology 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108 and SOC 201; Term: Offered as needed
Selected topics and issues in sociology or criminal justice as chosen by the instructor. May include use of statistical software.

SOC/ECN/POL/PSY 305 Introductory Statistics 4 hours
Prerequisite: MTH 100 or equivalent; Term: 1, 2
Fundamental principles of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications to Social Sciences. May include use of statistical software.

SOC 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201 or an introductory Sociology course; Term: 1, 2, 3.
Course cross-listed with POL 306 Analysis of the social, economic, and political aspects of racial/ ethnic relations in the US. Effects of diversity on various racial and ethnic groups.

SOC 311 Deviant Behavior 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term: 1, Course cross-listed with CJ 311
Emphasizes interplay between society and the person in the development of deviant behavior. Explores the different kinds of deviance, theory, social control, and social issues.

SOC 320 Juvenile Delinquency 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term: 2, offered as needed, Course cross-listed with CJ 320
Provides an overview of juvenile behavior and the juvenile justice system in American society. A critical approach is used exploring the history and social construction of juvenile delinquency as a social phenomenon, theoretical explanations for delinquent behavior, experiences of juvenile delinquents, and the organizational processes and politics of the contemporary juvenile justice system.

SOC 345 Sociology of the Family 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term: 1
Students examine the family as a social institution, historical origins, forms of organization, interaction patterns, conflict, change, as well as, ethnic and cultural differences within a global context. Sociological theories will be investigated as well as empirical research.

SOC 346 Aging Individual In Society 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108, PSY 205; Term: 1, 2
Later years of human life explored from an interdisciplinary perspective. A service learning component may be part of this course.

SOC 348 Death and Dying 3 hours
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status; Term: Offered as needed, Course cross-listed with PSY 348
Discussion of death in our society, death in different cultures, attitudes toward death, children and death, grief and bereavement, suicide, lethal behavior, search for immortality and other related topics.

SOC 351 Restorative Justice 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 110, SOC 200, Instructor permission. Course cross-listed with CJ 351
This course is an overview of community and restorative justice. It is an introductory analysis of the principles and practices of restorative justice. Restorative justice offers an approach to criminal justice based on a balanced focus on the victim, offender, and community.

SOC 352 Women in the American Criminal 3 hours
Justice System Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 201; Term: Offered as needed.
Focuses on women as offenders, victims and professionals in the criminal justice system with particular emphasis on ethnicity as an influencing factor.

SOC 355 Social Research 4 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205, SOC 201, MTH 100; Term 1, 2, Course cross-listed with SW 355
Provides a beginning understanding and appreciation of social research. Emphasizes the use and production of research for improving one’s effectiveness as a generalist social work practitioner or social science professional. Students become familiar with different social research approaches (using both quantitative and qualitative data), and learn a method for effectively evaluating research studies. Includes a series of experiential exercises that lead students step-by-step through the research process: deciding and developing a research question, specifying sampling strategy, selecting or developing appropriate measures, planning and carrying out a data collection, analyzing data, writing a research paper, etc. Emphasizes important ethical and human diversity issues raised throughout the research process.

SOC 358 Law and Society 3 hours
Prerequisite: Introductory course in Political Science or Social Science; Term: Alternate years, Course cross-listed with POL 358
A study of American law as seen through the United States Constitution and interpreted by the federal and state court systems. Also a brief examination of the roots of American civil and criminal law.

SOC 360 Social Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108‚ PSY 205; Term: 2, Course cross-listed with PSY 360
Study of people as social beings and members of groups. Topics include the Psychology of interpersonal influence, attitude change, attraction, anger, conformity and group process. Writing intensive.

SOC 365 Group Dynamics 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205; Term: 1. Course cross-listed with PSY 365
Group processes as they apply to task, community and organizational groups. May include service learning.

SOC 375 Sociological Theory 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201; Term: 2, offered as needed
Introduction to the classics in social theory, various schools of social thought, and modern developments in the discipline. Introduction to the major ideas of the classical and modern theorists, the social environment in which they wrote, and the implications of their contributions.

SOC 385 Community and Organizational Change 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 and ECN 202; Term: 1, 2, Course cross-listed with POL 385
Analysis of communities and organizations as social systems, including examination of critical problems. Also, examines intervention and change strategies and skills that appear to be effective and how they can be applied. A service-learning component may be included.

SOC 393 Urban Social Issues 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201; sophomore standing. Term: 2
This course will examine the emergence of cities and theories of urban change from a sociological perspective. Urban and suburban life will be explored from a macro and micro level of analysis. The focus will be on American urbanization with an emphasis on the City of Detroit, although worldwide urbanization will be discussed, This course will include a service learning component that will allow students the opportunity to engage in sociological research methods in an urban setting. Writing intensive.

SOC 491 Independent Study in Sociology 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: SOC201, SOC 355, permission of instructor; Term: 1, 2, 3
Advanced research in Sociology and presentation of critically evaluated data.

SOC 492 Readings in Sociology 3 hours
Prerequisites: For Sociology majors only. SOC 201, junior or senior standing, permission of the instructor; Term: 1, 2, 3, Course cross-listed with CJ 492.
In-depth investigation of a selected area of Sociology. This course may be repeated once.

SOC/CJ 495 Restorative Justice Practices 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 351 This course is a continuation of CJ/SOC 351 Restorative Justice.
This seminar will take a critical look at traditional government responses to crime in the United States and examine how the principles and practice of restorative justice may improve that response. The application of the principles of restorative justice and the challenges of a restorative justice approach will be addressed.

SOC 496 Senior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 312, SOC 201; junior or senior standing; permission of instructor. Term: 2
Topic to be selected by student with approval of instructor. May be library-research based or an original research project. Requires written and oral presentations. Writing intensive.

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology requires a minimum of 31 hours in sociology and completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

B. General Education Requirements in the Social Sciences
PSY 205 Introductory Psychology
SOC 201 Sociological Perspectives
ECN 202 Economic Dimensions
POL 203 Political Reality and Public Policy

Academic Performance: Sociology majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses.

This program is designated as a day program. Some students will be able to complete this program during the evening.

Writing Intensive requirement: Students must complete a writing intensive course, SOC 393.

Senior Seminar requirement: Students must complete senior seminar, SOC 496.

Awards: The C. Wright Mills award is available to outstanding sociology students.

C. Required Sociology Courses (16 credits)
SOC 201 Sociological Perspectives
SOC 305 Introduction to Statistics (4) SOC 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity SOC 375 Sociological Theories SOC 496 Senior Seminar in Sociology

D. Sociology Electives (15 credits)
Select additional courses in Sociology to complete the major.

SOC 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 200 Sociological Perspectives of Crime
SOC 202 Social Problems
SOC 300 Special Topics in Sociology
SOC 311 Deviant Behavior
SOC 320 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 345 Sociology of the Family
SOC 348 Death and Dying
SOC 351 Restorative Justice
SOC 352 Women in the American Criminal Justice System
SOC 355 Social Research Methods
SOC 358 Law and Society
SOC 360 Social Psychology
SOC 365 Group Dynamics
SOC 380 Criminal Law
SOC 385 Community and Organizational Change
SOC 393 Urban Social Issues
SOC 491 Independent Study in Sociology
SOC 492 Readings in Sociology
SOC 495 Restorative Justice Practices

E. Minor Area

F. Other electives to complete (120 required credits)

Minor in Sociology

The requirements for the minor in Sociology are:

A. A minimum of 21 total credits is required.

B. Required Courses in Sociology include:
SOC 201 Sociological Perspectives
SOC 202 Social Problems
SOC 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity

C. Additional 12 hours in Sociology to total at least 21 credits.

Recommended courses include:
SOC 311 Deviant Behavior
SOC 345 Sociology of the Family
SOC 375 Sociological Theory
SOC 393 Urban Social Issues