Social Sciences

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AF AM/SOC 330 – Ethnic and Race Relations

Analysis of ethnic and race relations, particularly in America; emphasis on the sociology and psychology of race and ethnic relations.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

ANTHR 201 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Comparative study of culture as key to understanding human behaviors in different societies. Using a global, cross-cultural perspective, patterns of family life, economic and political activities, religious beliefs, and the ways in which cultures change are examined.

ANTHR 230 – Globalization and the Human Condition

An introduction to understanding key global issues in the contemporary world. Focuses on social relations, cultural practices and political-economic linkages among Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

ANTHR 309 – Introduction to Culture and Language

Introduction to study of language, culture and society from an anthropological perspective. Focus on language and thought, ethnography of speaking, discourse and narrative, writing and literacy, and media communication. Discussion of key theories and methods of linguistic anthropology. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

CJ ST 240 – Introduction to the U.S. Criminal Justice System

Provides systematic overview of law, police organization and behavior, prosecution and defense, sentencing, the judiciary, community corrections, penology, and capital punishment. The course demonstrates the role of discretion in all of these agencies as well as the sociological influences of age, race, gender, and social class on criminal justice system processes.

CJ ST 241 – Youth and Crime

An examination of delinquency that focuses on the relationship between youth as victims and as offenders, social and etiological features of delinquency, the role of the criminal justice system, delinquents’ rights, and traditional and alternative ways of dealing with juvenile crime.

CJ ST 340 – Deviant and Criminal Behavior

Theory and research on the etiology of types of social deviance; issues relating to crime, antisocial behavior and social policies designed to control deviant behavior.

CJ ST 341 – Criminology

The nature of crime and criminology; the concept of crime; statistics and theories of criminality; major forms of crime; official responses to crime and control of crime.

CJ ST 352 – Punishment, Corrections, and Society

Introduction and overview of corrections in the United States. Theory and research on probation, parole, intermediate sanctions, prison, inmate society, inmate behavior and misconduct, capital punishment, recidivism, correctional treatment, rehabilitation, and offender reintegration into society.

ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics

Resource allocation, opportunity cost, comparative and absolute advantage. Supply and demand. Marginal analysis. Theories of production and consumption, pricing, and the market system. Perfect and imperfect competition and strategic behavior. Factor markets. Present discounted value.

ECON 102 – Principles of Macroeconomics

Measurement of macro variables and general macro identities. Classical models of full employment. Production and growth. Savings and investment. Employment and unemployment. Money, inflation, and price levels. Operation of the U.S. banking system. Fiscal and monetary policy. Elements of international finance.

INTST 235 – Introduction to International Studies

Overview of international studies, emphasizing cultural, geographic, economic, and political characteristics of major world areas and nations.

JL MC 474 – Communication Technology and Social Change

Examination of historical and current communication technologies, including how they shape and are shaped by the cultural and social practices into which they are introduced. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

LD ST 301X Leadership Theories

Critical examination of historical and contemporary leadership theory. Create a personal leadership philosophy. Apply leadership theory to practice.

LD ST 322 Leadership in a Diverse Society

Analyze the relationship between leadership and concepts of identity, power, and privilege in the U.S. Develop and practice effective inclusive leadership. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

LD ST 333 Women and Leadership

Examination of historical and contemporary barriers to and opportunities for women’s leadership in a variety of contexts, including professions and public service. Theories of women’s leadership, gender differences in leadership styles, and perceptions and expectations about women’s leadership. Multiple perspectives of women’s leadership highlighted through lectures, readings, videos, guest speakers and group work. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

POL S 101 –  Introduction to Political Science

Introduction to the discipline and sub-fields of Political Science; analytical thinking and research skills relevant to political science.

POL S 241 – Democracy and Dictatorship: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Interactions between governments and citizens in countries outside the US. Causes of democracy, dictatorship, and economic and social development. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

POL S 310 – State and Local Government

Role of state and local governments in the American federal system. Structures of participation: political parties, elections, interest groups. Major governmental institutions: legislative, executive, and judicial. Structure and functions of local governments.

POL S 315 –Special Topics in International Relations

Half-semester course on selected topical issues in international relations. A topic may not be taken more than once. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

POL S 344 – Public Policy

How agendas come to be set in public policy, theories describing the policy-making process, forces molding policy choices and the impact of such choices.

POL S/SOC 334 Introduction to Political Science

Introduction to the discipline and sub-fields of Political Science; analytical thinking and research skills relevant to political science.

PSYCH 101 – Introduction to Psychology

Fundamental psychological concepts derived from the application of the scientific method to the study of behavior and mental processes. Applications of psychology.

PSYCH 230 – Developmental Psychology

Life-span development of physical traits, cognition, intelligence, language, social and emotional behavior, personality, and adjustment.

PSYCH 280 – Social Psychology

Individual human behavior in social contexts. Emphasis on social judgments and decisions, attitudes, perceptions of others, social influence, aggression, stereotypes, and helping.

PSYCH 386 – Media Psychology

Theories and research on the psychological mechanisms (e.g., attitudes, perceptions, emotions, arousal) by which media influence children and adults. Topics include media violence, educational media, advertising, music, video games, media literacy, and ratings.

PSYCH 440 – Psychological Measurement I

Principles of psychological measurement, including concepts of reliability and validity; interpretation of scores; factors influencing performance; construction and use of measures of ability, achievement, and personality.

PSYCH 460 – Abnormal Psychology

Description of major forms of psychopathology including anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. Coverage of research examining causes, development, and clinical issues concerning psychopathology.

SOC 134 – Introduction to Sociology

Social interaction and group behavior with emphasis on the scientific study of contemporary U.S. society, including issues relating to socialization, inequality, and changing rural and urban communities. Analysis of relationships among the institutions of family, religion, political participation, work, and leisure.

SOC 305 – Social Psychology: A Sociological Perspective

Examination of human behavior in a social environment with emphasis on development of the self, interpersonal relations, attitudes, and small groups.

SOC/WGS 327 – Sex and Gender in Society

How the biological fact of sex is transformed into a system of gender stratification. The demographics and social positions of women and men in the family, education, media, politics, and the economy. Theories of the social-psychological and sociological bases for behavior and attitudes of women and men. The relationship between gender, class, and race. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

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