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SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (4) (S)

An introduction to sociology as a behavioral science and way of viewing the world. Students learn basic concepts of sociological investigation and interpretation and critical thinking. They see how individual behavior is shaped by group life and how group life is affected by individuals. They learn to apply a "sociological imagination" to examining social issues. Common sense notions are replaced by a critical analysis of social issues. Prerequisite: Freshmen and sophomores only or consent. Offered each semester.

SOC 110 Cultural Anthropology (4) (S)

A study of the nature of culture; comparative analysis of social, religious, economic, and political institutions in specific preliterate and modern cultures; and the cultural dimensions of behavior. Offered each fall.

SOC 227 Social Psychology (4)

Explores our development as socialized human beings is shaped through our interactions with groups of other people and how the structure and function of both the formal and informal groups that exist in a society are shaped by the personalities of the individuals who comprise their membership. Students discover both academically and experientially the nature of such group-related psychological dynamics as attitude formation, interpersonal attraction, social conflict, and bureaucratic organization. Prerequisite: PSY 102, 201, or SOC 100. Identical to PSY 227. Offered each fall.

SOC 237 Animals and Society (4) (S)

Focusing on human-animal relationships, this course explores the role and impact of animals in human society, and the impact of humans on the lives of animals. Content includeds the social construction of animals, human/animal interaction in social institutions, current debates, and the future of human/animal relations. Offered eacher semester when circumstances permit.

SOC 251 Issues in Sociology (4) (S)

Examines various topics and issues through the lens and methodology of the sociological perspective. Topics may include animals and society, the sociology of food, aging, gender and sexuality, and adoption and foster care. May be repeated for credit as designated issues change. Offered intermittenly.

SOC 270 Social Problems and Social Solutions (4) (S)

A critical investigation of selected current social problems--their issues, causes, development, and alternative solutions. Offered each spring.

SOC 303 Small Groups (4)

An experiential course in which students apply sociological tools and concepts to better understand how groups work, to maximize group dynamics and collective functioning, and to maximize their own performance in small groups. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Offered each fall.

SOC 308 Visual Sociology (4) (W)

A survey of basic concepts in sociology as they are portrayed in selected motion pictures and music videos. Serves as a systematic application of sociological theory and practice. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher; any sociology course would be helpful but not required. Offered each semester.

SOC 311 Family (4) (S,W)

Examines the contemporary American family and the history, forms, and functions of families in other times and other cultures is also examined. Special attention is given to the family as a social institution, its relationship with other institutions, forces of social and cultural change, and the future of the family. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Hybrid course. Offered each fall.

SOC 336 Sociology of Religion (4) (V)

Examines the origin and development of religion as a social institution: theories concerning its nature and function; sociocultural dimensions of religious beliefs, values, and conduct; contemporary denominations, sects, and cults in the United States; the relationship between religion and other social institutions. Identical to RELST 336. Offered intermittently.

SOC 345 Foundations of Sociology (4)

An examination of major theorists and perspectives contributing to the sociological tradition, and of historic and current issues regarding sociology and its relationship to other academic disciplines. Required of all majors. Prerequisite: SOC 100 and junior/senior status or consent. Offered each spring.

SOC 350 Introduction to Social Research (4)

An examination of the logic, the strategies and the methods of sociological inquiry; an analysis of classical and contemporary models of research. A foundation course required for sociology majors. Identical to CJ 350. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Offered each semester.

SOC 351 Medical Sociology (4) (S)

Designed to provide students an introduction to sociological perspectives on the study of health, illness, and health care. Topics include epidemiology, the structures and organization of health care systems and medical encounters, bioethical issues, and current issues shaping the future of health, illness, and health care. Offered intermittently.

SOC 353 Applied Sociology (4)

Focus is on engaging the sociological imagination and the sociological toolkit to address real-life questions and problems. These tools are used to identify, examine, and seek solutions for various social issues. Attention is given to careers in applied sociology. Includes a service-learning component. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Hybrid course. Offered each spring.

SOC 360 Nationalist Social Movements (4)

A survey of racial-ethnic and nationalist social movements in the United States, such as the Ku Klux Klan, Nation of Islam, and Civil Rights movements. Addresses the criminogenic and terrorist aspects of these movements, their influence on U.S. culture and politics, and various theoretical approaches to understanding them. Offered when circumstances permit.

SOC 400 Topics in Criminal Justice and Sociology (4)

An advanced seminar addressing announced topics in criminal justice and sociology. Topics may include victimology, administration of justice, criminalistics, sociology of terrorism, community systems, war, peace and conflict, sociology of environment, consumerism, child welfare, and more. May be repeated for credit as designated topics change. Prerequisite: consent. Identical to CJ 400. Offered as topics become available.

SOC 460 Readings in Sociology (2-4)

Students select a topic concerning sociological theory or research, survey the relevant literature, and discuss their findings with their major professor. (Two or four semester hours depending on the scope of the project.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: prior consent of the project advisor. Offered each semester.

SOC 480 Senior Research Project (4) (W)

Students conduct a sociological research project of their own design, present the results in appropriate written form, and defend the effort in an oral examination. Research problems may focus on theoretical or empirical topics. Relevant methods may range from bibliographic search to field observation. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, SOC/CJ 350, and junior/senior status. Identical to CJ 480. Offered each spring.

SOC 483 Internship Preparation (2)

Designed for students intending to participate in an internship for sociology or criminal justice credit. The process of selecting an internship site, completing applications and forms, and understanding the requirements set forth by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice can be overwhelming. Lectures and scenario training provide students with practical information that should be beneficial to students who desire an internship in sociology or criminal justice. Prerequisite: consent of internship director. Offered each fall.

SOC 484 Internship in Criminal Justice and Sociology (8)

Practiced, supervised experience in direct student learning in applied social settings. Students learn how acquired knowledge and research writing skills can be applied to the workplace. Practical and applied learning through student performance in the applied setting gives the student a "competitive edge" for future community/workplace contribution. Prerequisites: 18 hours of sociology or criminal justice, and CJ 483 or SOC 483. Students must contact the department faculty to review full eligibility for this course. Identical to CJ 484. Offered each spring and summer.

SOC 489 Senior Integrated Assessment (4) (I)

Students assess and analyze the connectedness of their academic learning in light of their future goals. Contemporary topics take a holistic and systematic perspective focusing on a variety of issues such as justice, ethics, and community needs. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Juniors need consent from the instructor. Identical to CJ 489. Offered each semester.

SOC EL1 Elective (0.1-10)

SOC EL2 Elective (0.1-10)

SOC EL3 Elective (0.1-10)

Criminal Justice

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)

Engages students in critical analysis of the criminal justice system in America. Emphasizes the investigation of social order and the notion of "justice" as defined by the various social institutions. Students explore the significance of law, state and property relations, and the administration of justice through police, the courts, and corrections is also examined. Prerequisite: Freshmen and sophomores only or consent. Offered each semester.

CJ 205 Issues in Criminal Justice (4)

Engages students in critical analysis of the criminal justice system in America. Emphasizes the investigation of social order and the notion of "justice" as defined by the various social institutions. Students explore the significance of law, state and property relations, and the administration of justice through police, the courts, and corrections is also examined. Offered each semester.

CJ 210 Corrections (4)

Provides an appreciation of the processes and structures of corrections within an American and international framework. Examines historical, legal, economic, and sociological issues in maintaining control and order over those defined as criminal. Provides a critical examination of the concepts of punishment, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Prerequisite: CJ 100. Offered each fall.

CJ 250 Topics in Criminal Justice (4)

A seminar addressing of various announced topics that may include public policy in criminal justice, controversial/debated laws in the U.S., taboo practices, understanding violence, murder, property crime, corruption, ethics, and more. May be repeated for credit as designated topics change. Prerequisites: sophomore status or consent. Offered when circumstances permit.

CJ 300 Law Enforcement (4)

A critical exploration of law enforcement from an historical, sociological, and legal perspective. Race, social class, sexual orientation, and gender identities are considered in the context of occupational roles and community issues. Attention is given to viable problem-solving strategies for issues in law enforcement. Prerequisite: CJ 100. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

CJ 301 Criminology (4)

A sociological view of crime and criminality. Socioeconomic, cultural, and biosocial processes are considered, as well as the criminal products of society. Topics include theories about the causation of crime, crime typologies, and patterns of crime and social injury. Prerequisite: CJ 100. Offered each spring.

CJ 340 Forensic Accounting (4)

The application of accounting methods to assist in solving economic-based crimes. The course includes discussion of criminal statues relating to financial crimes, fraud investigation and prevention, techniques used in solving financial crimes, and current issues in financial investigation. Identical to MBE 340. Prerequisite: MBE 203. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

CJ 348 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (4) (S)

An examination of the nature and scope of delinquency and of factors contributing to delinquent behavior. The role of social agents and agencies in prevention and treatment is also examined. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

CJ 350 Introduction to Social Research (4)

An examination of the logic, the strategies and the methods of sociological inquiry; an analysis of classical and contemporary models of research. A foundation course required for sociology majors. Identical to SOC 350. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Offered each semester.

CJ 360 Courts in the American Criminal Justice System (4)

Examines the role of the American criminal courts in the broader context of the American legal system. Provides an overview of the organization of criminal courts in Federal and state jurisdictions. Examines the courts' relationship to law enforcement and social control. Prerequisite: CJ 100. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

CJ 385 Applied Criminal Profiling (4)

Approaches criminal behavior as a complex phenomenon, moving beyond the abstract interpretation and suggestions of criminological theory into the real-life processes of criminal behavior. Examines and profiles the offender, victim, and situational elements surrounding the major forms of crime. Attention is given to the precipitating, attracting, and predisposing factors of criminal behavior and their levels of importance for respective cases. Prerequisite: CJ 301. Offered each spring.

CJ 387 Criminal Law (4)

An overview of the power and limits of government authority to define, prohibit, grade, and punish socially harmful behavior. Includes the nature of criminal law, classification of crimes and criminal liability, punishment, and more. Prerequisite: senior/junior status. Offered each semester.

CJ 388 Global Terrorism and Homeland Security (4)

An overview of the characteristics, causes and controls of global terrorism along with responses to it. Attention is given to counterterrorist responses, including U.S. Homeland Security. Prerequisites: two criminal justice courses. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

CJ 389 Criminal Investigation (4)

An introduction to the general processes of criminal investigation that engages students' critical analysis of how and why crimes are committed. Students learn basic investigation techniques and responsibilities. Prerequisite: two criminal justice courses. Offered each spring.

CJ 393 Technical Reporting in Law Enforcement (4) (W)

Focuses on the special needs of the criminal justice system with regard to technical report writing. Using police-oriented language and scenarios, students learn how to structure reports for use in criminal investigations and in court. Prerequisites: successful completion of ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and CJ 389 or consent; CJ 387 helpful. Offered fall of even-numbered years.

CJ 400 Topics in Criminal Justice and Sociology (4)

An advanced seminar addressing announced topics in criminal justice and sociology. Topics may include victimology, administration of justice, criminalistics, sociology of terrorism, community systems, war, peace and conflict, sociology of environment, consumerism, child welfare, and more. May be repeated for credit as designated topics change. Prerequisite: consent. Identical to SOC 400. Offered as topics become available.

CJ 420 Criminal Law: The Appellate Process (4) (W)

Provides students with an understanding of a criminal appeal. While reviewing an actual criminal trial transcript, students develop legal issues for an appeal, then prepare a legal brief for an appellate court's review. Emphasizes the creation of a well-reasoned argument within the context of a legal brief. Prerequisites: successful completion of ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, CJ 387, junior/senior status, and consent. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

CJ 460 Readings in Criminal Justice (2-4)

Students select a topic concerning criminal justice theory or research, survey the relevant literature, and discuss their findings with their major professor. (Two or four semester hours depending on the scope of the project.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: prior consent of the project advisor. Offered each semester.

CJ 480 Social Research Project (4) (W)

Students conduct a sociological research project of their own design, present the results in appropriate written form, and defend the effort in an oral examination. Research problems may focus on theoretical or empirical topics. Relevant methods may range from bibliographic search to field observation. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, SOC/CJ 350, and junior/senior status. Identical to SOC 480. Offered each spring.

CJ 483 Internship Preparation (2)

Designed for students intending to participate in an internship for sociology or criminal justice credit. The process of selecting an internship site, completing applications and forms, and understanding the requirements set forth by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice can be overwhelming. Lectures and scenario training provide students with practical information that should be beneficial to students who desire an internship in SOC/CJ. Prerequisite: consent of internship director. Identical to SOC 483. Offered each fall.

CJ 484 Internship in Criminal Justice and Sociology (8)

Practiced, supervised experience in direct student learning in applied social settings. Students learn how acquired knowledge and research writing skills can be applied to the workplace. Practical and applied learning through student performance in the applied setting gives the student a "competitive edge" for future community/workplace contribution. Prerequisites: 18 hours of sociology or criminal justice and CJ 483 or SOC 483. Students must contact the department faculty to review full eligibility for this course. Identical to SOC 484. Offered each spring and summer.

CJ 489 Senior Integrative Assessment (4) (I)

Students assess and analyze the connectedness of their academic learning in light of their future goals. Contemporary topics take a holistic and systematic perspective focusing on a variety of issues such as justice, ethics, and community needs. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Juniors need consent from the instructor. Identical to SOC 489. Offered each semester.

CJ EL1 Elective (0.1-6)

CJ EL2 Elective (0.1-6)

CJ EL3 Elective (0.1-6)

CJ EL4 Elective (0.1-6)

CJ EL5 Elective (0.1-6)

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