Sociology (SOCI) Courses
SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology
3 hours. An introduction to the study of society, including the study of the shared relationships that create social organization and social processes of society. Required for sociology majors and for admission into the social work major.
SOCI 220 Men and Women in Society
3 hours. A study of how societies construct gender similarities and differences. The impact of gender upon individuals and social institutions, and the implications of a sociological understanding of gender for the Christian faith, will be explored.
SOCI 223 Sociology of Families
3 hours. A study of marriage and the family from a sociological perspective, including historical, cross-cultural and economic backgrounds. A Christian faith perspective will emphasize the worth of people, the importance of the family as a place of nurture, and the gift of marriage. (Identical to HLTH 223.)
SOCI 230 Sociology of Religion
3 hours. A sociological examination of the meaning and function of religion in human society. Gives attention to the development of religious organization, the relationship of religion to class and politics, the nature of the sacred, dimensions of religiosity, and denominational diversity in the United States. (Identical to RELI 230.)
SOCI 275 Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised experience in the discipline, including internships and practica required for professional programs. This introductory experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.
SOCI 285 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. A seminar dealing with topics of special interest to students and current faculty.
SOCI 303 International Conflict and Peace
3 hours. Why do wars and conflicts occur and how do we prevent these? This course considers the causes of global insecurity (from wars between countries to transnational terrorism to genocide) and examines the various approaches to their resolution, including the creation of international institutions and military alliances. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of religion in global political conflict. (Identical to INTL 303 and PSCI 303.)
SOCI 310 Cultural Anthropology
3 hours. A comparative study of world societies and their ways of life.
SOCI 331 Crime and Deviance
3 hours. An introduction to the study of deviance and criminology, including theoretical and paradigms and research.
SOCI 333 Juvenile Delinquency
3 hours. A study of the causes and nature of juvenile delinquency, the development of the juvenile court, probation, and other rehabilitative programs.
Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology and SOCI 331 Crime and Deviance or instructor's permission.
SOCI 339 Restorative Justice
3 hours. This course will cover the theological and historical backgrounds of alternative systems of justice, and the criminological principles undergirding a variety of restorative justice programs, particularly community policing, problem-solving courts and community corrections, and will apply an international comparative component as well as study the programs' effectiveness.
SOCI 340 Statistical Procedures
3 hours. Applied statistics for the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on statistical logic and decision making. Recommended for the sophomore or junior year. Required for sociology and social work majors. (Identical to SWRK 340)
Prerequisites: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology and high school algebra.
SOCI 363 Social Inequality
3 hours. Examines the nature, causes and consequences of inequality in society. An understanding of how social resources are distributed, and the resulting distribution of life chances, is central to understanding the fundamental bases of social order and social organization. This course takes a sociological approach to the study of inequality in which we argue that inequality is a characteristic of societies, not individuals.
SOCI 366 Social Change
3 hours. Explores socio-historic contexts, sources and patterns related to social change, such as globalization, social movements, technological innovation, economic and political forces. Gives attention to understanding the role of individuals and groups in social change, moving toward a reflective, informed way of thinking and living as thoughtful Christians committed to justice.
SOCI 370 Global Political Economy
3 hours. An integrated view of the world economy, with particular attention to such topics as economic growth, debt crises, the distribution of wealth and income, the relationships between economic and political systems, the economics of peace and war, and environmental issues. (Identical to ECON 370 and INTL 370.)
Prerequisite: ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics.
SOCI 373 Social Theory
3 hours. A critical study of major social philosophers from Comte to the present. Required for sociology majors. (Identical to PHIL 373)
Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology or PHIL 210 Introduction to Philosophy.
SOCI 380 Race and Ethnicity
3 hours. A study of the historical and socioeconomic factors experienced and lived by people of differing racial and ethnic backgrounds in the United States. Specific attention is placed on the social construction of race, social attitudes and past and present racial issues.
Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology or instructor's permission.
SOCI 390 Research Methods
3 hours. An overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Students will design a research project. Required for sociology and social work majors.
Prerequisites: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology, SOCI 373 Social Theory, and SOCI 340 Statistical Procedures or PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures.
SOCI 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline-specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.
SOCI 430 Sociology of Religion
3 hours. A sociological examination of the meaning and function of religion in human society. Gives attention to the development of religious organization, the relationship of religion to class and politics, the nature of the sacred, dimensions of religiosity, and denominational diversity in the United States. (Identical to RELI 430.)
SOCI 461 International Trade
3 hours. An overview of international trade theory and its applications with respect to the direction of trade flows, determination of prices and volumes in international trade, the impact of tariffs and non-tariff barriers, and the role of bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. Particular emphasis is given to the broader social impact of trade policy and patterns. (Identical to ECON 461 and INTL 461)
Prerequisite: ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics.
SOCI 462 International Finance
3 hours. An overview of international monetary economics including the balance of payments, foreign exchange rate, the globalization of financial markets and its implications, international macroeconomic interdependence and capital flows. Particular attention is given to multilateral financial institutions and reform of the global financial architecture. (Identical to ECON 462 and INTL 462)
Prerequisites: ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics.
SOCI 475 Internship
3-6 hours. Supervised experiences in private and public social agencies. Students may opt for 3 hours of SOCI 475 Internship as part of their concentration, or 3 hours of SOCI 475 Internship as an elective in the major.
Prerequisites: upper-division majors and by permission.
SOCI 480 Senior Research Project
1-3 hours. For sociology majors only, this course requires students to complete a research project. With an expectation of a literature review, data collection and analysis, students will produce a piece of original research that is worthy of publication and/or presentation.
Prerequisite: SOCI 390 Research Methods.
SOCI 485 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. A special-interest course that addresses current topics in the field of sociology. Course offerings depend on current faculty competencies and student interest. Previous offerings have included a Christian response to the contemporary family, criminal justice, cross-cultural education, death and dying, Native American cultures, sociology of religion, sociology of adolescence, and sociology of literature.
Prerequisites: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology and upper-division majors.
SOCI 495 Individualized Study
1-3 hours. Independent study of subjects outside regular offerings. Guiding bibliographies are provided, and regular reading reports and conferences are scheduled.
Prerequisites: upper-division majors and by permission.