Course Descriptions

SOC1302. Cultural Anthropology (3302): 3 hours

A survey of the science of humankind focusing on the world's cultural diversity and the search for general explanatory theories that explain this diversity. The class will explore empirical methods to describe cultures and intracultural variation.

SOC 2101. Introduction to the Field I : 1 hour

This course introduces the student to the fields of Sociology and Criminal Justice. It helps students understand what careers are possible and which areas within the field they would like to pursue. Discussion, presentations, guest speakers are an important part of the course. Students also learn what things are essential to successful completion of the program.

SOC 2102. Introduction to the Field II : 1 hour

This course introduces the student to the fields of Sociology and Criminal Justice. It helps students understand what careers are possible and which areas within the field they would like to pursue. Discussion, presentations, guest speakers are an important part of the course. Students also learn what things are essential to successful completion of the program.

SOC 2301. Introduction to Sociology: 3 hours

A study of the nature of human societies, groups, social processes, social integration, and the sociological approach.

SOC 2302 Social Problems (3301, 3345): 3 hours

An exploration of the development of societies, and the problems associated with population shifts to industrialized urban areas.

SOC 2310. Sociology of Music (3300, 3310) (MUS 2310): 3 hours

This course is intended to develop appreciation for alternative musical expressions especially as they pertain to musical traditions from the non- western world. Students will learn the context in which music is created, its value to the people whose culture it inhabits, the instruments upon which the music is played, and the transformation of music in different cultures. Music reading skills and knowledge of basic music principles are advisable.

SOC 2390. Minority Groups(4311): 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301or consent of instructor The study of the sociology of minority groups including theories of prejudice and discrimination

SOC 3316. Sociological Perspectives on Psychology: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor This course introduces the student to sociological theories that address interpersonal interactions and the construction of meaning. Topics included are social roles and statuses, emotions, socialization, social control, deviance, social identity, inequality, exchange, expectation states, collective behavior, frame analysis, and labeling.

SOC 3321. Marriage and the Family: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor A study of marriage and family relations as changing institutions in a changing social world with respect to variations in fertility, socialization, and social control.

SOC 3322. Family Violence (4322) (WST 3322): 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor Family violence has become one of the most prevalent political and social issues of our time. Within the last 20 years, numerous laws and public policies have been enacted pertaining to such forms of domestic violence as child abuse, elder abuse, and spousal abuse. This course is designed to critically analyze the theoretical causes and some of the public policies associated with domestic violence.

SOC 3325. Deviant Behavior(4321): 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor). An examination of what deviant behavior is (including specific examples of behavior which is so labeled) and social explanations for its existence.

SOC 3340. Social Stratification : 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor). The study of theories of social, race/ethnic, sex, and age stratification. Social inequality in the United States will be examined in a comparative context, giving emphasis to the analysis of resulting conflicts.

SOC 3342. Changing Roles of Men and Women (WST 3342): 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor A survey of social factors influencing traditional and contemporary roles of men and women in American society. Emphasis will be on the socialization process of both men and women, theories of gender stratification, and current issues based on gender differences affecting men and women in the workplace and in interpersonal relations.

SOC 3497. Quantitative Methods : 4 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor This course provides an introduction to basic statistical techniques used by social scientists to effectively organize and present data about the social world. Interpretation of statistical information is stressed. Topics include measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, measures of association, normal curve, ANOVA, and multivariate analysis. Students will design and do original research as well as make us of existing data sets.

SOC 3399. Special Topics: 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 and or consent of instructor). Topics of interest to Sociology students in the profession.

SOC 4310. Sociology of Health and Illness : 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor). This course examines the social meanings of health and illness. A sociological insight into illness reveals that infirmity is often a condition rather than a disease, is socially constructed and is aligned to different socio-economic parameters. Overall, this course provides a different perspective into how ideas of health and illness are interpreted, its sociological meaning and the overall implication of being in one of two states.

SOC 4323. Population and Society (WST 4323): 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 and 6 hours of sociology or criminal justice (or consent of instructor). This course provides an understanding of demographic theories and population projection methods in relation to changes in societies, based on migration, fertility, and mortality patterns.

SOC 4332. The Local Community (4352): 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 or consent of instructor This course examines the dynamics of the local community, including individual and institutional interactions and neighborhood organizations. It also looks at factors contributing to the development of a well functioning community. The local neighborhood of Polytechnic Heights and local community leaders may be referenced throughout the course.

SOC 4394. Internship (3352) : 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 and 6 hours of sociology or criminal justice (or consent of instructor). This course provides hands-on experience within the student's chosen field. A total of 125 hours of volunteer work is required at a
selected site suitable to the student's goals, abilities, chosen discipline, and interests. Texas Wesleyan University faculty and on-site supervision ensures professional development of the student and integrity of the program. The student acts as a representative of Texas Wesleyan University and therefore is expected to exhibit professional behavior. Can be repeated for credit.

SOC 4396. Social Theory (3351): 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 2301 and 6 hours of sociology or criminal justice (or consent of instructor). A review of the history of social thought with considerable attention given to contemporary sociological theory.

SOC 4397. Applied Research Methods (3351) : 3 hours

Prerequisite: SOC 3497 and 6 hours in criminal justice or sociology (or consent of instructor) An introduction to the fundamentals of designing, conducting, and evaluating psychological, sociological, and organizational research in applied settings.

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