Online Undergraduate Courses

Required Courses

  • SOC 351 – Sociological Theory (3 credits) – Analysis of the main historical themes underlying contemporary sociological theory.
  • SOC 352 – Social Research Methods (3 credits) – An introduction to research design and data collection strategies commonly employed in the social sciences. Topics include experiments, survey research and various other quantitative and qualitative methods. *Prerequisite: CS 110G
  • SOC 353 – Social Research: Analysis (3 credits) – Elementary data analysis class emphasizing descriptive and inferential statistical techniques commonly emplyed in the social sciences. Topics range from one variable analysis through regression and correlation analysis of two variables. * Prerequisite: MATH 210G and CS 110G
  • SOC 401 – Introduction to Sociological Practice (3 credits) – Sociological approaches to research design, implementation and dissemination. *Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor; restricted to majors or minors.

Elective Course Offerings

  • SOC 330G – Introduction to Religious Studies (3 credits) – Provides an overview of old and new methods and theories for the study of religious. Exposure to the ways groups of people in diverse cultural systems construct and change their religious traditions to serve practical and meaningful ends.
  • SOC 348 – Special Topics (3 credits) – Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
  • SOC 359 – Sociology of the Family (3 credits) – Family patterns, dynamics, and processes in North American and other contemporary families [Emphasis on diversity].
  • SOC 360G – Introduction to Population Studies (3 credits) – Determinants and consequences of changes in fertility, mortality, and migration patterns. Introduction to techniques of demographic analysis. Focus on U.S. and world population issues and their relation to social, cultural, and economic systems.
  • SOC 361G – Social Issues in the Rural Americas (3 credits) – Discussion of major social issues in the rural United States and Latin America. Topics include social history, cultural groups, land tensure, irrigation, government policy, markets, and agricultural labor.
  • SOC 371 – Race and Ethnic Relations (3 credits) – Dynamics of racial prejudice and patterns of racial and ethnic interaction in the United States.
  • SOC 372 – The Sociology of Health and Medicine (3 credits) – Analysis of issues related to health, illness, and health-related services and professions: the role of sociology in medicine. *Prerequisite: SOC 101G
  • SOC 373 – Aging and Society (3 credits) – Myths and realities of growing older, including theories and research on roles and images, retirement, health, social activism, quality of life, and death and dying. [Same as HLS 373]
  • SOC 374G – Comparitive Family Systems (3 credits) – A comparative analysis of family forms and characteristics in various societies. An examination of the diversity of family practices among ethnic and class groups in the United States.
  • SOC 375 – Social Inequality ( 3 credits) – Analysis of the social distinctions arising from sex, age, occupation, and ethnicity. Emphasis on indicators of social class and patterns of social mobility.
  • SOC 376G – Social Change (3 credits) – Explanations of autonomous and directed social change as occuring at the individual, organizational, societal, and international levels. Case studies from around the world.
  • SOC 381 – Individual and Society (3 credits) – Ways people influence each other and the mutual interaction of the individual and society. Topics include attitudes, attitude change, conformity, liking and friendship patterns.
  • SOC 392 – Juvenile Deliquency (3 credits) – Nature, extent, and causes of juvenile deliquency; juvenile justics; modern methods of treatment; programs of prevention.
  • SOC 393 Youth and Society (3 credits) – Comparative historical analysis of social, economic and cultural forces affecting young people. Emphasis on organizational and institutional effects on the well being of children and young adults.
  • SOC 458 – Advanced Sociology of the Family: Global Families (3 credits) – The family in various societies; evolution of the American family.
  • SOC 465G – Environmental Sociology (3 credits) – Societal responses to enviromental problems including social adjustments to natural and technological hazards, socio- cultural aspects of technologies risk and impact assessment, and emergence of enviromental social movements.
  • SOC 472 – Issues in Medical Sociology (3 credits) – Major issues in the roles and relationships of health-related personnel; problems in communication. Medicare, malpractice, patients’ rights, and the operation and bureaucracy of hospitals.
  • SOC 477 – Sociology of Education (3 credits) – Socio-political and economic factors that shape the structure and operation of educational institutions in modern complex societies. Socio-historical development of the school as a microcosm of society, with examples from American and other school systems.