Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Resources / Course Descriptions

Descriptions of courses offered by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice are listed below. While every effort has been made to keep this list as current and up-to-date as possible, please consult your student handbook for the most current descriptions.


NOTE: Course credits given in the following format "0-0-0" translate to:
class hours - lab hours - total credits

Criminal Justice (CRJU)

  • CRJU 1101 - Foundations of Criminal Justice

    • This course provides an overview of the American criminal justice system including law enforcement, the court system, and the correctional system. Emphasis is placed on crime in the U.S., the criminal justice process from arrest through sentencing, and the roles and responsibilities of criminal justice actors. Current events in the criminal justice system are addressed such as the death penalty, offender treatment, and criminal justice reform among others.

       Notes: Offered as an online course.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Criminal Justice

    • This course examines the effects of crime and criminal behavior on society and how the criminal justice system responds to the problems of crime and criminality.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 0099 and READ 0099, if required.
    • Credits: 2-0-2
  • CRJU 2201 - Crimes and Defenses

    • This course explores substantive criminal offenses and defenses. Topic areas include the types and elements of felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses, defenses to crimes, and lower and appellate case law interpretations of crimes and defenses. Emphasis is placed on federal and state criminal law, including those pertaining to Georgia. The course also evaluates the historical development of crimes and defenses, public policy implications, and the underlying principles that guide the development of crimes and defenses.
    • Prerequisites:
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3300 - Criminal Courts

    • This course examines the history, development, structure, operation, and organization of criminal court systems in federal and state courts in the U.S. Topic areas include the roles of major professional and non-professional courtroom participants, stages in the process of adjudication of criminal cases from initial charging through post-conviction review, and an introduction to the constitutional rights of the accused.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3301 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice

    • This course provides an introduction to the scientific method and the concepts and techniques of social science research. Topic areas include levels of measurement, sampling techniques, research design, survey methodology, and various research techniques. Emphasis is placed on the application of these techniques to the study of specific research questions in criminal justice. This course also examines how to interpret basic statistics and analyze data in a statistical software program.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3305 - Technology and Criminal Justice

    • This course involves an in-depth study of technology as it relates to crime and the criminal justice system. Topics discussed include technology associated with criminal investigations, law enforcement practices, offender monitoring and supervision, and homeland security. Legal issues and laws pertaining to the use of technology for investigative purposes, privacy issues, and fourth amendment issues are examined. Various technologies used by police, courts, and corrections are also addressed.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3310 - Police in America

    • This course provides an overview of American law enforcement including the role and purposes of police in society, the major functions and responsibilities of police, and police subculture. This course also examines legal issues related to policing, police discretion and decision-making, and police behavior including use of force and misconduct. Emphasis is placed on police effectiveness in controlling and preventing crime, police/community relations, and future trends in law enforcement.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3311 - Police Administration

    • This course provides an overview of police administration in the U.S. and examines the social, legal, and political factors that influence police management. Topic areas include the goals of the law enforcement system, recruitment and selection of officers, the roles and responsibilities of police administrators, problem-solving and decision-making, and strategic planning of police operations. Emphasis is placed on police accountability to the public and future trends that influence the management of police organizations.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3312 - State and Federal Law Enforcement Initiatives

    • This course examines various state and federal law enforcement initiatives. Topic areas include the mission and vision of agencies, as well as their operation and administration, jurisdictional authority, use of technology, and the prediction of future crime issues facing the agencies. Emphasis is placed on career trends in state and federal law enforcement agencies. The hiring and application process and the essential skills applicants ought to possess for employment in these agencies are also discussed.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3315 - Criminal Procedure

    • This course examines the requirements and interpretation of constitutional amendments by the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state courts during the various stages of a criminal case, including police investigation, search, and arrest; the pretrial phase, including screening of complaints and formal charging of the accused; the trial; the sentencing phase; and appellate review. The constitutional requirements regarding reasonable suspicion, probable cause, custodial interrogation, and the exclusionary rule are featured.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3320 - Criminal Investigation

    • This course examines the historical, theoretical, and technological aspects of the investigation of crime. The topic areas include crime scene examinations, the collection and preservation of evidence, the basic legal principles and procedures governing the use of evidence in court proceedings, forensic and behavioral sciences, interviews and interrogations, and the use of technology by law enforcement agencies.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3332 - Corrections

    • This course includes a historical and philosophical overview of the American correctional system. Emphasis is placed on the types, goals, and purposes of community-based and institutional corrections, the roles and responsibilities of correctional agencies and actors, and offender characteristics and legal rights. This course also explores correctional policies and their effectiveness to reduce crime and recidivism such as correctional rehabilitation, habitual offender laws, and the death penalty among others.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3340 - Legal Analysis

    • This course involves students in the processs of reasoning objectively and arguing persuasively within a socio-legal framework. Set against a background of formal and informal logic that guides reasoning in general, the course is primarily concerned with the reasoning underlying the construction of legal arguments from judicial, legislative, and scholarly points of view. Theoretical analysis is illustrated by investigating and writing about the law, with an emphasis on topics related to crime.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3352 - Juvenile Justice

    • This course focuses on the juvenile justice system including the processing of juvenile offenders from the delinquent act through disposition and discharge. The nature and extent of juvenile delinquency and theories of delinquency are also addressed. Emphasis is placed on the historical purpose of the juvenile court, the effects of the due process revolution on the juvenile justice system, and current research and trends related to juvenile delinquency and justice.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3365 - The Profile of the Serial Offender

    • This course provides an in-depth examination of repeat, violent offenders. Topic areas include offender characteristics, victim traits and characteristics, offender identification and investigative strategies, and criminal justice policies that are focused on serial offending. Emphasis is placed on the examination of theories and research that explains how serial offenders evolve across their life-course from childhood to adulthood.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3396 - Cooperative Study

    • A supervised work experience program for a minimum of two academic semesters at a previously approved site in business, industry, government or private agency related to criminal justice field. For sophomore, junior or senior level students who wish to obtain successive on the job experience in conjunction with their academic training.
    • Prerequisites: Approval of the coordinator of cooperative education (Career Services) and the internship coordinator.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 3398 - Internship

    • This course is a structured off-campus experience in a supervised setting that is related to the student’s major and career interests. Practical experience is combined with scholarly work in the topical area of the internship, under the guidance of both a field supervisor and an academic internship coordinator. In advance of the semester of the internship, students must select an appropriate host agency and attend a mandatory departmental internship orientation session.
    • Prerequisites: 90 hours + 4 upper division (3000-4000) CJ classes.
    • Credits: 1-9 Credit Hours
  • CRJU 3400 - Ideological/Group Violence and Law Enforcement

    • This course examines law enforcement’s response to domestic and international terrorism. Topic areas include the development of modern terrorism and specific terrorist groups, counterterrorism policies and laws, threat analysis, and intelligence processing. Emphasis is placed on proactive measures to prevent terrorism and reactive measures to investigate terrorist acts. This course addresses the roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in responding to terrorism.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 4100 - Ethics in Criminal Justice

    • This course provides an overview of ethical decision-making and behavior within the context of the criminal justice system. Common ethical dilemmas that occur within law enforcement, the court system, and the correctional system are presented. The relationship between occupational discretion and ethical behavior is explored, and appropriate responses to ethical misconduct are presented. The course also explores various occupational subcultures within the criminal justice system and how these subcultures affect ethical behavior in the workplace.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 4300 - Organized Crime

    • This course examines the origins, histories, and activities of various major organized crime groups in the United States and throughout the world. Special emphasis is placed on emerging organized criminal enterprises in developing countries and regions. In addition, this course explores the methods used by law enforcement to combat organized crime.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 4305 - Technology and Cyber Crime

    • This course provides an overview of cyber crime and computer-related crime issues facing the American criminal justice system, particularly law enforcement. Topic areas include prevalence and types of cyber crime, cyber crime victim and offender characteristics, and methods and types of technologies used to engage in cyber crime. Emphasis is placed on the criminal justice system’s investigation and response to cyber crime. Future trends of cyber crime and computer-related crime are also discussed.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 4400 - Directed Study in Criminal Justice

    • Covers special topics and seminars external to regular course offerings.

      Notes: May include original research projects and practicum experiences.

    • Prerequisites: Approval in instructor and department chair.
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • CRJU 4410 - Criminal Profiling and Analysis

    • This course centers on the deductive criminal profiling method, the analysis process of forensic evidence, and the development of offender characteristics from behavioral evidence analysis. An overview of the socio-legal aspects involving profiling and analysis of specific profiling issues in different types of serial crime are addressed. Students examine an actual cold homicide and prepare a threshold assessment of the case.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 4430 - Victimology

    • This course provides an overview of criminal victimization in the U.S. This course includes an examination of theories of victimization, research on the scope and impact of specific types of victimization, and efforts to prevent victimization. Additional topics covered include victims’ interactions with the criminal justice system, victims’ rights, social services for victims, and other efforts to address the needs of crime victims.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 4490 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice

    • Selected topics of interest to faculty and students.
    • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department chair.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 4499 - Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

    • This is a capstone course designed for senior-level criminal justice majors to apply learning from previous criminal justice courses. This course addresses current issues and trends in criminal justice to integrate knowledge concerning criminal justice policy.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU1101 and CRJU3301 + 90 credit hours + CJ major
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7701 - Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

    • This course provides an advanced examination of the American Criminal Justice System, including police, courts, and corrections, with emphasis placed on major systems of social control, contemporary policy issues, juvenile justice, and comparative criminal justice.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7702 - Advanced Criminological Theory

    • This course is a graduate level introduction to the theory and research on the nature, causes, and patterns of the etiology of crime and criminal behavior taken from diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7703 - Advanced Law Enforcement

    • A variety of significant issues in modern American law enforcement is addressed in this course, including policing in a diverse and technologically advanced society, the law enforcement subculture, problems and challenges for law enforcement administrators, the role of private security in complementing government law enforcement efforts, and ethical dilemmas facing law enforcement officers throughout the organizational hierarchy.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7704 - Institutional and Community Corrections

    • This course is an analysis of contemporary correctional services and issues of prisons and alternative community-based programs for adults and juveniles with emphasis placed on multiculturalism, overcrowding of correctional facilities, and legal issues.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7705 - Law and the Legal Process

    • This course examines the sources of modern American jurisprudence and the influences on legislation. The adversarial system of justice is considered in-depth, and includes consideration of justice models, prosecution and defense strategies, and ethical considerations for the participants in the adjudicatory process.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7706 - Advanced Research Methods and Computer Applications

    • This course helps students develop familiarity with methods of research, design, and analysis in the field of criminal justice. Survey and research design, research and sampling techniques, and statistical and analytical methods will be covered. The course includes intense hands-on computer work using statistical software.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7707 - Strategic Planning in Criminal Justice

    • This course examines the interrelationship of the three components of the American criminal justice system and the manner in which each component operates within the larger political system. Goal-setting, problem-solving, planning, and designing the program/policy are examined in the context of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The course also discusses future trends in criminal justice.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7708 - Criminal Justice Policy and Analysis

    • This course covers basic concepts of crime prevention theories and strategies and addresses different crime control program and models. Topics include how and why crime rates differ, the utility of research to address policy questions, and what works and what does not work in crime prevention/control programs.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7709 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

    • This course examines and compares the criminal justice systems of several countries by focusing on historical, political, and social factors, and explaining their influence on legal institutions and systems of justice. The course discusses the difficulties in comparisons and how to conduct an effective comparative analysis. Topics may include: perceived causes of crime, police structures, legal systems, victims, crime prevention, corrections, and recent trends in international crime and justice.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7710 - Transnational Crimes and International Security

    • This course examines legal and institutional responses to and international cooperation against transnational crime, particularly terrorism, human and drug trafficking. Topics include the analysis of the concept of universal jurisdiction that provides a basis for treating certain crimes as “transnational” and “international” and an evaluation of the range of institutions created to track and punish international criminals (such as the International Criminal Court).
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7711 - Human Rights Standards in Law Enforcement

    • This course discusses the international mechanisms for the protection of human rights and explores how these mechanisms can be strengthened and improved to better prevent and respond to the human rights violations. Topics may include the rights of individuals to equitable treatment at the hands of the state, the international law enforcement standards regarding detention, arrest, bail, search and seizure, right to counsel, presumption of innocence, and standards of evidence.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7722 - International Criminal Justice Experience

    • This study facilitates learning about the justice system of another country (which may vary each year) by exposing students to and providing interaction with law enforcement officers, members of the judiciary, and the corrections agencies in a country outside the United States.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the MSCJ program or permission of the MSCJ program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7900 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice

    • Selected topics of interest to faculty and students are covered in this course.
    • Prerequisites: Approval of the instructor and the MSCJ program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7950 - Directed Study

    • This course will result in a research paper or scholarly project developed under the guidance of a graduate criminal justice faculty.
    • Prerequisites: Approval of the instructor and the MSCJ program director.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7998 - Demonstration Project

    • This course requires preparation and completion of a written research project on a criminal justice policy related topic. Students may choose to apply statistical analysis and evaluation in their projects. Emphasis is on actual issues and problems facing practicing criminal justice administrators.
    • Prerequisites: Completion of six core courses.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • CRJU 7999 - Criminal Justice Policy Research Project

    • This course includes a policy research project of thesis quality to enable students to apply statistical evaluation and planning skills tools to criminal justice policy.
    • Prerequisites: Eighteen completed hours of core courses in the Criminal Justice Graduate Program and permission of the MSCJ program director.
    • Credits: 1-6 Credit Hours
  • CRJU 8000 - Thesis

    • This course will result in a research paper or scholarly project developed under the guidance of a graduate criminal justice faculty advisor.
    • Prerequisites: Eighteen completed hours of core courses in the Criminal Justice Graduate Program and permission of the MSCJ program director.
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours

Sociology (SOCI)

  • SOCI 1101 - Principles of Sociology

    • This course is an overview of sociology which emphasizes the social nature of human behavior, including an introduction to culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, stratification, family, gender, religion, demography, and complex organization.
    • Prerequisites: READ 0099 if required
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 2000 - Introduction to Gender Studies

    • This course examines the ways that women's and men's gender roles are shaped by social interaction. Using materials and learning approaches from multiple disciplines, students will explore questions about how individual and group expectations about gender behavior are created and sustained.
    • Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1101.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Sociology

    • This is one of four disciplinary options (Anthropology 2105, Sociology 2105, Geography 2105, Psychology 2105) that can be taken to satisfy the Social Issues requirement in the general education curriculum. A common set of world social issues is critically examined from one of four social science perspectives. The discipline of sociology focuses on how culture and social structure combine to shape the way human beings live their lives and define and solve their problems.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 0099 and READ 0099
    • Credits: 2-0-2
  • SOCI 2210 - Professional Development for Sociology Students

    • This course is designed to introduce students to the skills and strategies necessary to successfully meet the requirements for a B.S. in Sociology. The course provides information about career opportunities in Sociology and related fields, as well as information about preparing for and applying to graduate school. The primary objective of this course is to assist students in developing a plan to reach their academic and career goals.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 2251 - Social Problems

    • An overview of current social problems facing American society with attention to developing insights into the conceptual analysis of meaningful solutions.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3300 - Foundations of Social Theory

    • This course surveys the historical development of social theory. It emphasizes the major theories and theoreticians of sociology and their importance for understanding contemporary sociology.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 2105 or 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3304 - Social Organization

    • An introduction to large scale social organizations, with an emphasis on bureaucracy. Examines both the formal and informal aspects of bureaucracy, including topics ranging from power and authority, to centralization and decentralization, red tape, and professionalism.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3305 - Research Methods in Sociology

    • This course provides an introduction to concepts and techniques used in social science research. Students acquire a foundational understanding of research methods in sociology, learn how to link theory and data, and examine the ethical considerations required for social research.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 and SOCI 2210
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3310 - Introduction to Gerontology

    • Introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology which provides an overview of the sociology, psychology, and the physiology of aging. Students will consider research and theories of aging as well as participate in field trip experiences in gerontological settings. A key goal is to develop a more realistic perception of the aging process.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 or PSYC 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3314 - Race and Ethnicity

    • A survey of racial and ethnic relations, concentrating on the American experience. Stress is placed on the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination, and assimilation versus pluralism, including discussions of multiculturalism, bilingualism, and affirmative action.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 or permission of instructor.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3315 - Comparative and Transnational Sociology

    • This course examines the theoretical and methodological foundations of comparative and transnational sociology. In addition to explaining the classical sociological foundations of comparative sociology, the course explores the challenges posed to comparative sociology by the processes of globalization and transnationalization. In this context, the course explores the emerging transnational sociological approach that goes beyond the nation-state framework in analyzing cross-border processes and structures that inform contemporary global change.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3320 - Exploring the Aging Network

    • The class explores through field trips and speakers the range of services and programs that relate to aging in the Atlanta region and rural Georgia. The goal is to immerse students in the aging network so that they develop contacts, resources and knowledge for use in the family as well as work settings. The grade for the course will be based on attendance at field trips, online discussion and a paper related to the student's major, career path, and personal goals for the course.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 or PSYC 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3324 - Sociology of Gender

    • An examination of the implications of the changes in the kinship, economic, and political structures related to male/female relations and their impact on gender equality in contemporary society.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3333 - Technology and Society

    • This course will examine the interaction between scientific and technological development and social development, social structure and social issues.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 2105 or 1101 or ANTH 2105 or 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3334 - Sociology of Religion

    • Examination of religion as a social institution in historical, comparative, and contemporary terms. World religions and new religious movements are studied as sociocultural processes involving the need to know, to deal with problems and to adapt to change.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 or ANTH 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3344 - Biotechnology and Social Change

    • Modern biotechnology, a revolutionary innovation in science, is having major transforming effects on society. It is impacting the dinner table, agriculture, health and medicine, industrial processes, reproduction and has far-reacting implications for other areas of social life. This course is designed to examine the multiple manifestations of biotechnology and their social change implications. The course begins by locating the biotechnology revolution in the broader socio-historical context within which it is emerging, and explores its links to the new knowledge based economy. The course then focuses on the examination of the ways in which the development and application of biotechnology in its various manifestations are transforming the cultural and institutional character of modern societies. This will include an examination of social, ethical/moral and legal/legislative issues and their impact on policy.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 2105 or SOCI 1101 or permission of instructor.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3350 - Intersection of Race, Class and Gender

    • The primary objective of this course is to understand how race, class, and gender intersect to fundamentally shape social interaction, conditions, and institutions in American society. This course examines the ways in which race, class, and gender are socially constructed and how they interconnect to create and maintain systems of privilege and inequality.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3354 - Social Class and Mobility

    • Examination of social class and hierarchy in America. Issues in empowerment, equality, styles of life, and the nature of poverty and social mobility will be highlighted.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3360 - Sociology of Violence

    • This course examines the root causes and consequences of violent behavior exhibited by individuals in our society. Topics covered include the social and cultural contexts that breed violence, society's influence on specific crimes, and human social behavior.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101 and SOCI 2105 or SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3364 - Sociology of the Family

    • Presents the institution of the family in historical and cross-cultural perspective, including an analysis of the American family system, its social structure and alteration, and its relation to other social institutions.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3374 - Sociology of Occupations

    • An analysis of the contemporary occupations, with emphasis on large scale organizations, the structure of occupations and the nature of work.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3380 - Society, Community and Health

    • This course explores the connections between society, communities, and the health of individuals. Topics include sociological approaches to global health inequalities, tensions between medicine and culture and the ethics of public health and biomedical research. Students critically analyze major issues of health and illness confronting selected sub-populations. The course introduces students to selected theoretical frameworks that address social determinants of health.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 3396 - Cooperative Study

    • A supervised work experience program for a minimum of two academic semesters at a previously approved site in business, industry, government or private agency. For sophomore, junior or senior level students who wish to obtain successive on the job experience in conjunction with their academic training.
    • Prerequisites: Approval of coordinator of cooperative education (CAPS) and department chair.
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • SOCI 3398 - Internship

    • A structured off-campus experience in a supervised setting which is related to the student's major and career interests. Practical experience is combined with scholarly research in the topical area of the internship, under the guidance of an interdisciplinary faculty committee. Sites must be approved in advance of the semester of the internship. A departmental internship orientation session is scheduled at least once a semester.
    • Prerequisites: 90 hours and SOCI 3304
    • Credits: 1-12 Credit Hours
  • SOCI 4200 - Drugs, Alcohol and Society

    • This course examines drug use and abuse, including alcohol. Specifically, it examines how different drugs affect the body, theories of drug use, the sociological context of drug use, the impact of drug use and abuse on society, drug treatment, drug use policies, drugs and the law, and the extent of drug use in our society and globally.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4400 - Directed Study in Sociology

    • Covers special topics and seminars external to regular course offerings. May include original research projects and practicum experiences.
    • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department chair.
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • SOCI 4410 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology

    • Students learn the qualitative strategies used in sociology research methods, including ethnographic techniques applied in sociology, participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and content analysis. Students learn ethical implications of social research, and how to design a qualitative research study, develop interview guides, construct content analysis templates, conduct observations on the field, conduct interviews, code data, and analyze qualitative data. Students learn skills using software applications for data management and analysis and write a research proposal.
    • Prerequisites: (SOCI 3305 or SOCI 2301) and SOCI 3300-may be taken concurrently
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4420 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology

    • This course examines the concepts and techniques used for quantitative research in sociology. Students learn to interpret, calculate, and critique the basic statistics used in quantitative methods in sociology. Students acquire the skills to use Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) computer program for managing and analyzing numerical data. Students learn the ethical implications of social science research and write a research proposal for a quantitative study.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 3305, MATH 1107, SOCI 3300 (may be taken concurrently)
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4432 - Criminology

    • An overview of theory and practice, the nature and cause of crime, and the etiology of criminal offenses and offenders.
    • Prerequisites: CRJU 1101 or SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4434 - Emerging Social Issues in Africa

    • As the twenty-first century unfolds Africa and its peoples are being engulfed by a series of social issues that are set to shape their collective futures. These interrelated social issues have important implications for Africa's social development and the attainment of enhanced quality of life for Africa and its peoples. Among the most relevant social issues are population growth, the state of health in the face of the AIDS epidemic, environmental change (e.g. desertification and loss of flora/fauna), food security/insecurity, political stability, public security, socio-cultural transformation resulting from globalization, and economic transitions. The central purpose of this sociological course is to examine the nature, patterns, sources and consequences of the identified social issues as well as potential remedies.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 or SOCI 2105 or permission of instructor.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4435 - Sociology of South Asia

    • This course examines social change and development in the South Asian societies through a historically informed analysis of social institutions in the region. Some of the key themes explored include contested histories, identity politics and nationalism, democratization, growth, poverty, and inequality. The course includes case studies from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, but its main focus is on India.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4442 - Deviance and Social Control

    • A survey of the nature, causes, and consequences of deviant behavior. Provides an analysis of the problems of definition, identification, explanation, and social reaction to violations of institutional expectations. Presents techniques of social control.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4443 - Medical Sociology

    • Provides an analysis of (1) the social processes affecting conditions of health and illness and (2) the cluster of social relationships and organizations that comprise the social institution of health. Emphasizes the sociocultural factors that influence definitions of health and illness, causes, preventions and treatments, cross-cultural and interclass comparisons of stress, delivery of health care, mental illness, death and dying, and health care professionals.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4444 - Social Change and Modernization

    • The nature, types, and causes of social change; technological and sociocultural factors affecting processes of change. Innovation, diffusion, and the process of acceptance and rejection of change by social systems and social groups.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4445 - Sociology of Mental Illness

    • This course examines the social aspects of mental illness. Mental illness is not just a psychological or biological affliction. Because it is also, in part, socially created and controlled, the course is designed to help students understand who gets labeled 'sick' and why. Included are a review of the social history of mental illness and an examination of the institutions assigned to manage it. Among the topics considered will be how mental disorder is defined and diagnosed, and how it is treated. Also considered will be the social factors that influence its severity and course. One of the questions addressed will be whether all 'mental disorders' are 'diseases.' The applicability of a resocialization model to this issue will likewise be studied. Finally, the ethical aspects of all of these approaches will be considered.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 1101 or PSYC 1101 or permission of instructor.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • SOCI 4490 - Special Topics in Sociology

    • Selected topics of interest to faculty and students.
    • Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department chair.
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • SOCI 4499 - Senior Seminar in Sociology

    • This is the capstone course designed to help senior-level students integrate their learning from previous sociology courses and other courses in their concentration. Students will (1) carry out an individual research study or project; (2) present the results of that research in relation to the existing body of knowledge; (3) listen to the presentations of others and provide constructive criticism in a community of scholars; (4) cultivate the ability to reflect upon their experiences and synthesize the material from all of their sociology courses, including the central importance of the intersecting impact of race, class, and gender; (5) hone their skills at documenting their research in a final report.
    • Prerequisites: SOCI 3300, SOCI 3305
    • Credits: 3-0-3