Sociology and criminal justice courses
- SOC101 - Principles of Sociology
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) An introduction to sociology, its major concepts, tools and perspectives. This course provides an understanding of societies, of culture, of major social institutions such as the family, religion, and education, of social inequality, and of social change.
- SOC101SS - Principles of Sociology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) An introduction to
sociology, its major concepts, tools and perspectives. This course
provides an understanding of societies; of culture; of major social
institutions such as the family, religion and education; of social
inequality; and of social change.
- SOC110 - Contemporary Marriage and Family Living
(4 credits) A study of the basic sociological theories of the family from a Christian
perspective. Topics include: the structure and functions of families, historical and social changes, cross-cultural analysis, institutional and functional aspects of dating, courtsh
ip, marriage adjustment, gender roles, parenthood and child rearing.(4 credits)
- SOC202 - Social Problems
(4 credits) This course is about learning to critically think about society and various problems in society. This course will examine a number of social issues as we wrestle with how we can decide if an issue is a social problem, decide which social problems might be more significant than others, and evaluate potential solutions for social problems. We are going to wrestle with some challenging questions with the goal of helping us to think deeply about how we might seek justice on an individual level and within society.
- SOC204 - Demography
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) An introduction to demography and human
population studies. Comparisons and contrasts between the population of the United States and other developed countries and that of less developed countries. Interrelations of population, technology and resource us
e. Uses of demographic knowledge and research in business, teaching and government.
- SOC210 - Marriage and Family
(4 credits) This class employs the sociological imagination to think about what
"family" is and how the social world has shaped both families and the images and ideals
that suggest what families or marriage should be. This class will use the tools
of sociology to think critically about "family" as a social institution. We
will wrestles with various ways of defining what family is, work to understand
how families are shaped by the social world, and ask if using the sociological
imagination can help us to look at current debates about family in a new and
- SOC214 - Social Psychology
(4 credits) This course involves the study of the way individuals think about, influence
and relate to one another. Topics include: attitude change, social thinking, conformity, obedience, persuasion, prejudice, aggression, altruism, roles, norms and environmental in
fluences on social behavior. The major aim of the course is to encourage an appreciation of the relationship between personal and situational determinants of social behavior.Prerequisite: PSY111, 221, or SOC101.
- SOC218 - Deviance and Social Control
(4 credits) In this course, we are going to explore a number of questions about the boundaries of acceptability within societies. Instead of just taking such boundaries for granted, we will look at how the creation of normality and deviance is a process of social construction. We will examine how society can influence or constrain people to live within or outside of the socially constructed boundaries. As we explore this subject, we will be challenged to reexamine our own understanding of what is deviant and what is normal, to reflect on how definitions of deviance shape our identities and values, and to wrestle with how definitions of deviance and attempts at social control affect others.
- SOC220 - The Criminal Justice System
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course provides an introduction to
the criminal justice system. The primary goal of this course is to develop a general understanding of the
criminal justice system's response to crime in society. It is important to note
the general theme of this course involves the delicate balance between
community interests and individual rights that criminal justice decision making
requires. This theme is explored by examining the criminal justice process in
some detail, focusing on how the system is structured to respond to crime. This
requires an understanding of the core elements of the criminal justice system:
police, courts, and corrections.
- SOC272 - Selected Topics in Sociology
(2 or 4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) A study of selected topics in sociology which are not adequately covered in other courses. Offered as a response to student or faculty needs or interests. Possible topics include: social change, social reform movements, the sociology of unconventional lifestyles, sociology of women, sociology of education, medical sociology, sociology of war and terrorism, and native American issues.
- SOC280 - Service and Social Change
(4 credits) Some of the most troubling aspects of society are also the most persistent. In
fact, social problems frequently seem "too big" to address. Yet, we also know
that people are sometimes successful in reducing human suffering and
reconciling social injustices. This course examines how they do so. The
readings and class discussions will critically examine three questions: What
motivates altruism and social engagement? What strategies do groups use to
address human needs or to transform cultural and structural patterns? What is
the potential of these efforts for creating meaningful, lasting change in
- SOC290 - Cultural Anthropology
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society or Cross-Cultural Engagement. Cannot count toward meeting both requirements) This course is about learning a way of seeing and understanding other cultures and our own culture(s) - introducing and drawing on ideas and insights from the field of Cultural Anthropology. In a globalizing and increasingly interconnected world these ideas and insights can serve a critical need in helping us understand and learn how to live in with cultural diversity and complexity. Thus the value of this course is in learning a new way of seeing and understanding, a way that helps us think about what it means to be human, a way that helps us understand and live with our neighbors - locally and globally.
- SOC303 - The Criminal Justice System
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the development of, issues in,
and new directions for, the American criminal justice system. Each step of the system is critiqued in terms of intended and unintended consequences as well as official and operative goals, and is related to a deta
iled discussion of various correctional treatment programs: prisons, halfway houses, group homes, community-based treatment programs, probation, parole and others. Those in the criminal justice career concentration should take SOC218 first. Prerequisite:
recommend general education writing requirement.
- SOC304 - Ethnicity, Power and Identity
(4 credits) This course examines and develops a sociological perspective on ethnicity, power and identity. The primary goal of this course is not simply to learn the attitudes or behaviors of specific racial groups. Instead, this course will seek to answer the questions: Where do social groups come from? What social dynamics emerge when one group of people has much more power than another? Our readings and discussions will shed light upon these questions from different perspectives. Along the way, we will also discuss the unique historical situations of specific groups as they endure and struggle against power imbalances (for example, the African American Civil Rights Movement).
- SOC305 - Policing and Law Enforcement
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course will provide an
introduction to policing and law enforcement and will include a history of policing, police-community relations, police
operational and administrative practices and an examination of important
trends, issues, and limitations issues facing law enforcement today. The course
will also examine police behaviors and attitudes, police culture, and how
officers exercise discretion.
- SOC307 - Corrections
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course offers students the opportunity to learn the role of community-based corrections in the criminal justice system. The course will address all aspects of probation and parole supervision, the current prison systems, and evidence based practices in working within the criminal justice system. Critical thinking, reflective decision-making and collaboration will be emphasized.
- SOC309 - Sociology of Gender
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) An examination of the topic of gender, predominately using a sociological perspective. The study of gender from a sociological perspective develops an appreciation for how social structure, institutions and culture shape gender roles and the lives of those who play these roles - at the same time that gender roles shape culture, institutions and social structure. Attention will also be given to the "inherent or constructed" debate about gender roles, the role of the media in shaping gender, and the intertwining of gender and family, politics, work and religion.
- SOC310 - Criminology
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course is a survey of the field of
criminology. It examines the nature, location, and impact of crime in the United States by exploring a broad range
of issues related to criminology. Topics include the theoretical underpinnings
of criminality, how we measure criminal acts, the development of criminal
careers, the various typologies of offenders and victims, and a critical
analysis of public policies concerning crime control in society.
- SOC312 - Sociology of Religion
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course examines sociological perspectives on religion in a changing and globalized society. The course readings and discussion will focus on three questions: What is "religion"? What is the relationship between modernity and religiosity? How does one's social position shape his or her experience of religiosity? The course will encourage students to reflect upon the relationship between sociological insights and their own experiences of religion.
- SOC317 - American Indian Societies and Cultures
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course surveys the historical
development of American Indian peoples, particularly during the period of contact and conquest by Euro-Americans and particularly in the trans-Mississippi West region of what became the U.S. Topics include pre-contact li
fe, oral literature, Indian accommodation and selective adaptation to Euro-American societies, Spanish, French and U.S. Indian policies, Native American religion, Christian mission work among American Indians, activism by and on behalf of American Indians
, and reservation life. Prerequisite: recommend general education writing requirement.
- SOC340 - Sociological Research
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A comprehensive introduction to sociological research methods with emphasis on survey research. An opportunity for sociology majors or others to apply this methodology in the conduct of major research in an area determined in consultation with the instructor. Finished research reports will be considered for presentation at various sociological association meetings. Prerequisites: SOC101 or equivalent.
- SOC341 - Philosophy of Social Science
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) An in-depth study of the philosophical
foundations of the social and cognitive sciences. Issues discussed include, e.g., a) laws and explanations in social science, b) objectivity and values in the social sciences, c) rationality, d) relations between dif
ferent social sciences and the physical sciences, e) philosophy of mind.Prerequisites: at least one philosophy course. PHI202 or 342 may prove helpful, but not required.
- SOC351WI - Ethnographic Research
(4 credits) (Writing intensive) An overview of ethnographic methods, goals,
and the theoretical assumptions underlying them. Ethnography, the description
and analysis of human life or culture, is based on qualitative fieldwork. The
goal is to understand the "native's'' point of view, to learn from people
rather than study them. Students will have an opportunity to practice fieldwork
methods and write a brief ethnography.
- SOC398 - Directed Study
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- SOC401 - Sociological Theory
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) In this course, we are going to consider a number of sociological theorists and ideas. We will not attempt a comprehensive examination of theory, either classic or contemporary. Rather, we will dive deeply into a number of texts to explore how theory can give us unique insights into the social world and the ways in which the social world shapes the lives of individuals. And we will contemplate if, instead of just interpreting the world in various ways, these theories suggest ways in which to change it. Prerequisites: SOC101, sociology major or permission of instructor.
- SOC410 - Restorative Justice
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course focuses on restorative
conceptions of justice related to the criminal justice system. It places justice in the context of social health
rather than only in relation to punishment or criminality. Prominent is the
concept of restoring social rights and order threatened by harm to victims,
society, and offender. A key goal of restorative justice is to repair harm and
restore relationships broken by crime and other wrongdoings. It also recognizes
the perspective of the survivors of various crimes and seeks to bring about
healing through attempted reconciliation. Crucial conversations are core to the
change process through both victim offender dialogue and motivational
- SOC417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
- SOC499 - Honors Research
No description available