Course Descriptions (SOC) 

All courses in the major, minor, options, concentrations, and licensures must be taken on a grade-only basis except internships and field experiences. 

Sociology

150 - Introduction to Sociology (3 S.H.)

An introduction to sociology as a social science concerned with the systematic study of human society; consideration of individuals, groups, and relationships. Grade only. Offered each semester.

205 - Social Interaction (3 S.H.)

A study of human interactions and relations among people, how social situations affect behavior, how people acquire the ability to interact as members of society, and the methods used to study human interaction. Recommended prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered each semester.

212 - The Family (3 S.H.)

Analysis of the family as a group-historical, cultural, and institutional aspects including the analysis of group processes. Recommended prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered each semester.

216 - Social Problems (3 S.H.)

The nature, characteristics and proposed solutions for selected social problems. Recommended prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered each semester.

334 - Sociology of Education (3 S.H.)

An analysis of the American educational system in terms of its functions, formal and informal organization, and effects on social stratification and change. A selection of contemporary educational issues will be considered from a sociological perspective. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered every two years.

340 - Social-Cultural Anthropology (3 S.H.)

The cross-cultural and comparative examination of different cultures with emphasis on the varieties and ranges of human behavior. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered yearly.

350 - Population Analysis (3 S.H.)

Ways in which demographic factors (births, deaths, and migration) explain variations in social structures and processes. Examination of causes and consequences of current population growth at the regional, national, and international levels. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered yearly.

376 - Introduction to Social Research (3 S.H.)

An introductory course in the use of social research methods. Basic knowledge and skills are developed in all phases of the social research process. Sections of this course are taught by sociology and criminal justice faculty. Prerequisite: SOC 150 and for B.A. Sociology majors, STAT 110 or PSY 231. Limited to 30 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

377 - Sociological Theory and Methods (3 S.H.)

The examination of major schools of sociological theory with consideration of the interrelationship of theory with research methods. Prerequisites: SOC 150, STAT 110 or PSY 231, SOC 376 and admission to the B.A. Sociology program. Limited to 25 students. Grade only. Offered yearly.

378 - Laboratory in Social Research (3 S.H.)

A “hands-on” experience in the collection and interpretation of research data and the preparation of an empirical research report. Prerequisites: SOC 150, STAT 110 or PSY 231, SOC 376, SOC 377 and admission to the B.A. Sociology program. Limited to 25 students. Grade only. Offered yearly.

385 - Field Experience (1-6 S.H.)

An introductory field experience designed to acquaint students with professional responsibilities in an organization relevant to sociological practice. Prerequisites: SOC 150, STAT 110 or PSY 231, SOC 376, and admission to the B.A. Sociology program. P/NC only. Arranged.

386 - Field Experience-Gerontology (1-6 S.H.)

This takes place in a supervised environment in which the student is relevantly involved with selected aspects of social gerontology and working with the aged population.  P/NC only. Arranged.

411 - Sociology of Religion (3 S.H.)

Comparative study of religious beliefs, institutions, and symbols and their roles in different societies. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered every three years.

412 - Sexuality in American Society (3 S.H.)

An extensive review of recent research in the area with specific emphasis on behavioral and cultural aspects of sexuality. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Limit to 25 students. Grade only. Offered yearly.

421 - Urban Sociology (3 S.H.)

Growth, structure, and function of cities, spatial patterning, neighborhoods, and ethnic groups; social life of city dwellers and urban social change at the regional, national and international level. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered yearly.

423 - Race Relations and Minority Groups (3 S.H.)

This course examines race and ethnic relations. It explores the concepts pertaining to such relations, e.g., discrimination, minorities, prejudice. It looks at the theories which attempt to explain prejudice and discrimination. It looks at the various minority groups from both current and historical perspectives. Finally, the course looks at oppression and the impact of oppression on people's lives. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered each semester.

425 - Social Change and Social Movements (3 S.H.)

An examination of the processes through which values, norms, institutions, stratification systems, and social relationships are altered over time; the role of social movements in promoting or resisting these changes. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered every three years.

428 - Small Towns and Non-Metro Regions (3 S.H)

The study of the social organization of the non-metropolitan towns and regions in the U.S. and selected other countries. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered every three years.

430 - Political Sociology (3 S.H.)

The organization of power into political structures and the social dynamics of this process. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered every three years.

431 - Social Class and Power (3 S.H.)

Social classes, their membership, and their use of social, economic, and political power. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Offered periodically.

434 - Medical Sociology (3 S.H.)

Social factors associated with the incidence and treatment of illness and the social organization of medical institutions and distribution of medical services. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered periodically.

435 - Family Roles and Relationships (3 S.H.)

Specific study of family roles, communication patterns, decision-making, and interpersonal relationships. Limited to 25 students. Prerequisite: SOC 150 and SOC 212. Grade only. Offered yearly.

437 - Sociology of Organizations (3 S.H.)

Analysis of patterns, regularities, design, and behavior of organizations in different environments and societies. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered yearly.

438 - Health and Human Services Organizations (3 S.H.)

Analysis of patterns, regularities, design, and behavior in organizations providing health and human services. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered yearly.

439 - Sociology of Disabilities (3 S.H.)

The course focuses upon the perceptions, social definitions and interactions of different kinds of disabilities and persons with disabilities by individuals, groups and institutions in the larger society.  It examines the social organization of research, foundations, advocacy groups, support groups and other types of groups that work with disabilities.  Prerequisites: SOC 150.  Grade only.  Offered yearly.

440 - Sociology of Dying and Death (3 S.H.)

An examination of various aspects of dying and death from a sociological perspective. Emphasis is on dying and death in American society; however, a cross-cultural perspective is included. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered yearly.

450 - Sociology of Aging (3 S.H.)

Gerontology is the analytical examination of the aging process. Using a sociological perspective, this course studies the changing roles of the aged, problems confronting the aged, and other important issues. Prerequisite: SOC 150. Grade only. Offered yearly.

460 - Internship (1-12 S.H. )

An intensive, professionally supervised placement within an organization relevant to sociological practice. Emphasis is on the student assuming professional responsibilities and applying relevant knowledge and skills within the organization where they are placed. Prerequisites: SOC 150, STAT 110 or PSY 231, SOC 376, SOC 377, and admission to the B.A. Sociology program. P/NC only. Arranged.

470 - Mediation and Conflict Resolution (3 S.H.)

The course will provide an introduction to conflict management and mediation as a facilitative process for alternative dispute resolution.  Basic theoretical frameworks related to conflict management will be covered and mediation skills will be developed.  Prerequisites: SOC 150, senior standing in SOC/SW/CJ, and instructor's permission.  Grade only.  Offered yearly.

474 - Intervention with Families (3 S.H.)

This course provides an introduction to intervention with families involving home, school, and community resources in the facilitation of support and problem solving.  Theoretical frameworks, research, and skills are covered.  Prerequisite: SOC 150.  Grade only. Offered every two years.

499 - Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 S.H.)

A culminating experience for senior sociology majors designed to synthesize, integrate, and assess what students have learned with respect to the stated goals of the B.A. Sociology program. Prerequisites: SOC 150, STAT 110 or PSY 231, SOC 376, SOC 377, admission to the B.A. Sociology program and senior standing. Grade only. Offered yearly.

Sociology Topics and Independent Studies Courses

480 - Variable Topics in Sociology (1-3 S.H.)

A seminar course on selected topics and problems from the sociological perspective (subject to be chosen by instructor and announced before registration.) Prerequisite: 12 credits of sociology or instructor's permission. Grade only. Offered on demand.

485 - Independent Readings in Sociology (1-3 S.H.)

Intended to aid the student who has a special area of interest that goes beyond formal course limits. By arrangement.

487 - Special Projects in Sociology (1-3 S.H.)

For the student interested in pursuing an independent research in sociology. Grade only. By arrangement.

Criminal Justice

210 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 S.H.)

An introductory examination of the criminal justice system from a practitioner's perspective. This course provides an applied framework for the study of criminal justice by examining and analyzing the agencies of justice and the procedures they use to identify and manage criminal and juvenile offenders. Grade only. Offered each semester.

314 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 S.H.)

In-depth analysis of juvenile delinquency, its development, control, treatment, and prevention. Prerequisites: SOC 150, SOC 210, SOC 315 and/or instructor's permission. Limited to 30 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.           

315 - Criminology (3 S.H.)

An analysis of the theory and measurement of crime. Prerequisites: SOC 150, SOC 210 and/or instructor's permission. Limited to 30 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

355 - Corrections (3 S.H.)

An analysis of the systems and functions of corrections including the areas of administration of programs and security. Limited to 30 students. Prerequisite: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission.  Grade only.  Offered each semester.

387- Field Experience Corrections (1-6 S.H.)

An introductory experience designed to acquaint students with the structure, processes, and policies involved in professional human services agencies. Open to Sociology-Criminal Justice majors only. May be repeated once. Arranged placement. Prerequisite: SOC 150. P/NC only.  Offered each semester.

388- Field Experience Law Enforcement (1-6 S.H.)

An introductory experience designed to acquaint students with the structure, processes, and policies involved in professional human services agencies. Open to Sociology-Criminal Justice majors only. May be repeated once. Arranged placement. Prerequisite: SOC 150.  P/NC only.  Offered each semester.

404 - Law Enforcement Investigation and Communication (3 S.H.)

This course is designed to introduce the student to law enforcement investigative and communication processes. The course identifies the four sources of investigative information, and provides practice in interviewing, interrogation, and investigative report writing. Prerequisites:  Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Limited to 15 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

405 - Models and Strategies of Intervention (3 S.H.)

An in-depth study of therapeutic methodologies and skills used in the correctional services. Emphasis is on assisting individual clients and small groups with behavioral and cognitive changes. Prerequisites: admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Limited to 20 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

406 - Probation and Parole (3 S.H.)

This course is designed to introduce the criminal justice student to the responsibilities of probation and parole officers. This course provides knowledge of probation and parole services, skill building in supervision of offenders and practical writing skills. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Limited to 25 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

407 - Offender Assessment and Management (3 S.H.)

This course addresses the knowledge and skills required in assessing offender custody and program needs as well as the management of offenders in institutions and the community. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Limited to 20 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

417 - Operations and Procedures in Law Enforcement (3 S.H.)

Operational and procedural requirements in law enforcement including community relations, testifying and criminal investigation, the police subculture, use of force, ethics, and patrol activities. Prerequisite: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Limited to 30 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

418 - Criminal Law and Procedure (3 S.H.)

Analysis and study of substantive criminal law and procedure from arrest through sentencing. The criminal process is examined in terms of legal steps and decision-making. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Limited to 30 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

420 - Minnesota Criminal Code  (3 S.H.)

This course deals with an analysis of the Minnesota Criminal Code and review of POST requirements. Limited to students seeking POST certification. Limited to 20 students. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice Law Enforcement track, SOC 418, and instructor's permission. Grade only. Offered yearly.

461 - Criminal Justice Internship Corrections (1-12 S.H.)

An intensive, professionally supervised placement in a selected criminal justice organization for the purpose of providing the student with an experience that integrates knowledge, methodology, and skills in a practical setting. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program; at least junior standing; and/or instructor's permission. P/NC only. Offered each semester.

462 - Criminal Justice Internship Law Enforcement (1-12 S.H.)

An intensive, professionally supervised placement in a selected criminal justice organization for the purpose of providing the student with an experience that integrates knowledge, methodology, and skills in a practical setting. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program; at least junior standing; and/or instructor's permission. P/NC only. Offered each semester.

478 - Seminar in Criminal Justice (1-3 S.H.)

An integrated examination of the problem areas in the present criminal justice system and an analysis of potential solutions. Limited to 20 students. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Grade only. Offered yearly.

490 - Correctional Administration (3 S.H.)

An analysis of current topics in correctional administration. A survey of theories or management styles will be examined. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Limited to 20 students. Grade only. Offered every other year.

491 - Community Policing and Administration (3 S.H.)

This course is designed to assist the student in identifying and implementing a community policing philosophy using contemporary law enforcement organizational management processes.  Prerequisites: Admission to the Sociology-Criminal Justice program and instructor's permission. Limited to 25 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

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