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2014–2015

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

*Prerequisites: The department will waive SOC 211 as a prerequisite for upper-level courses in sociology if the student has passed the CLEP exam in introductory sociology or, in the opinion of the instructor, the student’s prior education or experience provides the conceptual foundation necessary to take the course.

Criminal Justice
Sociology

Criminal Justice

CJ 200 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
An overview of the development, organization and function of the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems in the United States. Issues of prevention, control, prosecution and treatment of crime and violators will be discussed. The social and cultural factors that influence the creation of laws, the commission of crime and the operation of law enforcement, courts and corrections will be emphasized. Professional, legal and ethical concerns will be explored
using case examples.

CJ 210 Policing and Society
An examination of the role of the police in modern society. Topics include interactions with minorities, racial profiling, police corruption and the use of force. Emphasis on accountability and remedies for strained relationships between the police and the public.

CJ 215 Corrections: Theory and Practice
An examination of the historical foundations and ideological and pragmatic justifications for punishment and imprisonment; sentencing trends and alternatives to incarceration; organization and management of correctional institutions; inmate life and prison; treatment and custody; discharge and parole.

CJ/SOC 319 Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System
An analysis and in-depth study of how multiple institutions within the social environment of contemporary U.S. society influence juvenile offenders. Special attention is given to issues and dilemmas in arresting, processing, charging, interrogating, prosecuting, sentencing/punishing and incarcerating juvenile offenders. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent.

CJ 320 Organized and White Collar Crime
A focus on the operation of organized criminal activities and white collar crime. Structure, participant characteristics, legal handling, investigation, prosecution and sentencing will be examined and compared. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent.

CJ/SOC 323 Methods of Social Research
An introduction to the logic and procedures for conducting social research. An examination of the foundations of social research, research design, methods of observation, data analysis and ethical issues in research. Prerequisite: PSY 355 or MTH 345 or MTH 346.

CJ 330 Criminal Investigation
An examination of the evolution of criminal investigation as well as current investigative techniques and protocol. Students will explore the various stages of crime (the scene) via physical evidence, canvassing for witnesses, arrest and preparation for prosecution. Prerequisite: CJ 200. 

CJ/SOC 340 Gender and Crime
Gender and crime focuses on explanations of the criminality of women, men, and transgendered people in the U.S. and the prison cultures associated with different genders. The course examines how dominant cultural norms and values reflect differential power relations between individuals in U.S. society and how these power inequalities act as root causes of crime. It explores how crime is used by individuals to appeal to, reject, or change societal norms and relationships as well as how  social control of such individuals is used to shore up support for existing societal norms and relationships. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent.

CJ/SOC 408 Criminology
An examination of early and modern theories of criminality from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis on sociological explanations, including social disorganization, subcultural theories, strain and self-control. Associations among theory, research and policy will be highlighted. Prerequisites: CJ 200 or SOC 211or equivalent and junior or senior standing.

CJ 409 Criminal Law
An examination of the development and operation of United States criminal law, including legal terminology, crime definitions and criminal defenses. Criminal responsibility and the capacity to commit a crime will be covered. Specific areas of interest include jurisdiction, double jeopardy, entrapment, insanity and mens rea. Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice or consent of instructor.

CJ 410 Criminal Procedure
A focus on the protections afforded by the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. Specific topics include the exclusionary rule, Miranda warnings, warrantless searches and probable cause. Students will be required to read U.S. Supreme Court decisions pertaining to law enforcement activities and individual rights. Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice or consent of the instructor.

CJ 480 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
Topics vary depending on student and faculty interest. Some of these include police racial profiling, capital punishment, the courts, domestic violence, probation and parole and serial murderers. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice or consent of instructor.

CJ 490 Independent Field Work
.50 or 1.00 credit
Independent guided field work in criminal justice. Field work involves work in an agency, organization or community setting using criminal justice theory to analyze and solve problems. A minimum of 140 hours on site is required during the term for 1.00 credit. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice and consent of instructor. Upon request.

CJ 491 Independent Research
.50 or 1.00 credit
A course in independent, guided research. Practical experience is acquired in the stages of designing and conducting a research project in criminal justice. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: CJ/SOC 323 and consent of instructor. Upon request.

CJ 492/292 Independent Study
.50 or 1.00 credit
An independent and concentrated reading course focusing on a specific problem area, field of specialization or thought of a major thinker in criminal justice. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: two courses in criminal justice and consent of instructor. Upon request.

CJ 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of criminal justice culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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Sociology

SOC 211 Society and the Individual—Introductory Sociology
A scientific study of society and social interaction and their effects on individual behavior. An introduction to the concepts, theories and methods used by sociologists to study social life. Special attention is given to how the sociological perspective can enhance our ability to understand society and to function more effectively in it.

SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology
A study of the meaning and influence of culture and its societal variations. The course focuses on culture as the way people live and adapt to their environments and emphasizes the diversity of cultural patterns around the world.

SOC 213 African Americans Through Film
A course designed to develop students’ understanding of the role of the media in representing and shaping the societal context and life experiences of African Americans in the United States. Connections will be drawn between media representations at various time periods and the concomitant social, political and economic situations of African Americans.

SOC 214 The Elderly: Lifestyles and Issues
An examination of the situations, contributions and concerns of the elderly in the U.S. with an emphasis on the institutional support and family services needed by this population. Consideration will be given to ethical issues and dilemmas and societal and professional responses.

SOC 216 Society, Health and Illness
A study of the structure and function of health care as a societal institution. Socio-cultural and structural factors that influence health care professionals’ roles, families’ health practices and the  interactions of clients and providers are discussed. Critiques of the U.S. health care system and proposed reforms are examined.

SOC 217 Marriage and the Family
A historical and intercultural analysis of the family as a social institution in contemporary American society. Attention is given to dating, mate selection and marital adjustment. The problematical nature of the family in modern Western culture is examined.

SOC 268 Field Experience in Sociology
.50 or 1.00 credit
Provides sociology students with supervised and monitored on-the-job experience with businesses or human service agencies and institutions, May be taken during the regular term with part-time placement of 7 to 13 hours a week for .50 credit or 14 to 17 hours weekly for 1.00 credit. Summer Term and January Term field experiences may also be possible (hours per week will be adjusted accordingly). The student will complete self-assessments, set goals and learning objectives, provide regular written feedback, attend CPE meetings and complete a final reflection paper of at least 4 to 6 pages. Students will need to meet with both a member of the sociology faculty and the CPE coordinator of career development to apply. Repeatable for credit. Pass/No Pass grading. Does not count toward a sociology major or minor. Pre- or corequisites: one sociology course and approval of a member of the sociology faculty.

SOC 301 Social Problems
Common social problems are studied using theoretical and conceptual frameworks. Individual deviance, patterns of social injustice, specific problems affecting major U.S. institutions and international issues are investigated. Various mechanisms and resources for solving and preventing social problems are explored. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent or junior/senior standing.

SOC 303 Introduction to Social Work
A basic study of social work practice, which is relevant to the social work, business, medical or legal professions. Social work knowledge, values and skills are taught and applied to specific cases. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent.

SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations
An analysis of problems of individual and collective contact between advantaged and disadvantaged groups. Historical and contemporary societal reactions to minorities are examined. Special attention is given to issues of social justice. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent or junior/senior standing.

SOC 305 Sex and Gender  in Society
A study of gender roles and sex inequality— their forms, causes, effects on behavior and life chances and patterns of change. An examination of the significance of gender roles and sex inequality for understanding both social behavior and social institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent.

SOC 310 Social Inequality
A study of the structure and processes of social inequality in societies. Primary emphasis is on socio-economic inequality with secondary emphasis on racial and sexual inequality. An examination of aspects of social inequality, including its causes, historical trends, contemporary patterns, effects on social behavior, efforts to reduce inequality and future possibilities. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent.

SOC 313 African Americans Through Film
See SOC 213. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent.

SOC 314 The Elderly: Lifestyles and Issues
See SOC 214. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent.

SOC 315 Complex Organizations
A critical examination of a variety of classical and contemporary perspectives on organizations. These perspectives are used to understand the structure and dynamics of organizations and their relationships with their environments. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent or BUS 250.

SOC 316 Society, Health and Illness
See SOC 216. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent.

SOC 317 Marriage and the Family
See SOC 217. Prerequisite: SOC 211 or equivalent.

SOC/CJ 319 Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System
An analysis and in-depth study of how multiple institutions within the social environment of contemporary U.S. society influence juvenile offenders. Special attention is given to issues and dilemmas in arresting, processing, charging, interrogating, prosecuting, sentencing/punishing and incarcerating juvenile offenders. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent.

SOC/CJ 323 Methods of Social Research
An introduction to the logic and procedures for conducting social research. An examination of the foundations of social research, research design, methods of observation, data analysis and ethical issues in research. Prerequisite: PSY 355 or MTH 345 or MTH 346.

SOC 404 Social Work with Individuals and Families
An in-depth study of social casework theory and practice. A variety of theories, techniques, case illustrations and role playing are introduced to develop basic interviewing and counseling skills and the ability to establish a professional helping relationship. Prerequisite: SOC 303 or consent of instructor.

SOC 406 Social Work within Groups and Communities
Group theory and process taught from theoretical, empirical and experiential perspectives. Students will develop their skills in a group and will concentrate on a particular group population and setting. Prerequisite: SOC 303 or consent of instructor. 

SOC/CJ 408 Criminology
An examination of early and modern theories of criminality from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis on sociological explanations, including social disorganization, subcultural theories, strain and self-control. Associations among theory, research and policy will be highlighted. Prerequisite: CJ 200 or SOC 211 or equivalent and junior or senior standing.

SOC 424 Sociological Theory
An introduction to several theoretical perspectives used to explain social phenomena: the intellectual roots of these perspectives, their major concepts, their explanatory structures, their contributions and weaknesses and their uses in research. Prerequisites: two courses in sociology or equivalent.

SOC 440 Teaching Sociology in the Secondary School
An examination of the materials and methods for teaching sociology in the high school, including preparation of instructional objectives and lesson plans, alternative instructional techniques, evaluation methods, the use of libraries and audiovisual equipment and possibilities for classroom observation. Prerequisites: SEC 300, SEC 310.

SOC 480 Selected Topics in Sociology
A focus on a specific theorist, sociological school, problem area or application of sociology using a seminar format. Topics vary upon student and faculty interest. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Upon request.

SOC 490 Independent Field Work
.50 or 1.00 credit
Independent, guided field work in sociology or social work. Field work in sociology involves work in an agency, organization or community setting using sociology to analyze and solve problems. Field work in social work involves supervised work in an accredited social service or welfare setting. A minimum of 140 hours on site is required during the term for 1.00 credit. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: field work in sociology: two courses in sociology and consent of instructor. Field work in social work: SOC 303, location of a suitable field site and consent of instructor. Upon request.

SOC 491 Independent Research
.50 or 1.00 credit
A course in independent, guided research. Practical experience is acquired in the stages of designing and conducting a research project in sociology. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and either SOC/CJ 323 or three courses in sociology. Upon request.

SOC 492/292 Independent Study
.50 or 1.00 credit
An independent and concentrated reading course focusing on a specific problem area, field of specialization or the thought of a major social thinker in sociology. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and two courses in sociology. Upon request.

SOC 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of sociology culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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