Students study contemporary American social problems from sociological perspectives. They discuss the nature, causes and potential solutions to these problems by applying sociological analysis. Topics may vary and include: poverty; culture; immigration; education; crime and deviance; health and the economy. A service learning option may be available in some sections. Students cannot take both SOCI109M and SOCI110M to fulfill requirements. Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110XM or ENGL110M. (Fulfills Social Science requirement.) Offered every semester.
SOCI110M - Introduction to Sociology (3-0-3)
This course is an introduction to fundamental theories and concepts of sociology. It examines various social institutions and probes multifaceted dimensions of social issues and events. It also explores collective behavior and social movements. Students cannot take both SOCI109M and SOCI110M to fulfill requirements. Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110XM or ENGL110M. (Fulfills Social Science requirement)
SOCI145M - Gender Studies (3-0-3)
This course is an introduction to the concept of gender as it relates to society. Students will explore various aspects of gender including: social construction of gender; gender identity development; changing gender roles; gender-based status, power and privilege; gender discrimination; and other sociological concerns related to being ‘male’, ‘female’, or ‘transgendered.’
Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110M. (Fulfills Social Science requirement.)
SOCI205M - Special Topics in Sociology (3-0-3)
This course will vary by semester. Sociological topics will be chosen to reflect faculty and/ or student interest and will then focus on an in-depth coverage of that topic. All courses will focus on various aspects of sociology; concepts, events, forces, personalities, ideas and values shaping the contemporary world. The course should be considered “writing intensive”. Critical thinking, speaking and writing skills will be emphasized, as well as the ability to analyze sociological sources. Course prerequisites: SOCI110M and ENGL110M with a grade of “C” or better. (Fulfills Social Science requirement)
SOCI210M - Changing American Family (3-0-3)
This course examines the dynamics of relationships in transition and the changing family unit. It also explores social, medical, spiritual, financial, and legal perspectives of relationships. The question is: Is marriage a legal technicality, a symbolic commitment, and/or a measurement of maturity?
Prerequisite: SOCI109M or SOCI110M and ENGL110M with a grade of “C” or better
SOCI250M - Multiculturalism (3-0-3)
This course is designed to introduce students to racial, ethnic, and other differences in people that may influence their norms, values, perceptions, and behaviors. Historical connections, as well as current issues related to race, ethnicities, and other minority groups are explored. Discussion increases awareness and understanding of other races, ethnicities, and different minority groups fostering tolerance and cooperation between the participants and the diverse populations of their home/school/work communities.
Prerequisite: SOCI110M and ENGL110M with a grade of “C” or better. (Fulfills Social Science requirement)