Courses Bachelor of Science in Sociology online
An overview of major subjects in sociology, including sociological perspective, culture, social interaction, social stratification, gender, race and ethnicity, social groups, organizations, family, religion, population, urbanization and social changes.
Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.
Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics from composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required.
Six to ten major works of American literature, including both the 19th and 20th centuries.
United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.
United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.
The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting, and elections.
The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.
Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, determinants, matrices, systems of equations, binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, theory of equations.
Non-calculus based introduction to statistics, statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses.
Emphasizes major aspects of psychological development through the life span. Aspects of development examined in the course will include cognitive, physical, social, moral, linguistic, and emotional change through childhood, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood. Areas of focus include psychosocial, biological, and physical influences on psychological development. Normal processes of child and adult psychological development will be emphasized.
Principles and practices of public speaking.
Survey of music for non-music students. Covers the major style periods from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. Requires attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts.
This course applies sociological principles to the numerous explanations of and potential solutions to contemporary social problems. The course seeks to develop critical thinking skills in addressing social concerns ranging from drug addiction and violence to inequalities of class, race, and gender.
This class critically examines traditional and contemporary families including controversies regarding single-parent families, alternative lifestyles, "working women," reproductive rights, "father's rights," and their public policy implications.
Examines the impact of race and ethnicity upon the distribution of power, opportunity and privilege in a global world. Major theoretical perspectives on racial and ethnic prejudice and discrimination will be examined along with diverse patterns of interracial and interethnic contact, which develop in different societies.
From a social constructionist view of gender, this course examines the ways in which masculinity and femininity are constructed in Western society as well as the different forms it takes around the world.
Study of the social and demographic influences on health and disease, social epidemiology, health care professions, alternative medicine, the US health care system and crisis, and health care systems in other societies.
This course will explore single women population in the US from historical and cultural perspectives. How have changes in the culture of love, romance and in the institution of marriage affected single women will be discussed.
The objective of this course is to provide theory and research to the student to examine human interaction within social relationships at the advanced level. Topics include socialization, communication, group dynamics, altruism.
Study of city growth and urbanization in the United States and the world, the urban ecological structure and process, urban sprawl, education, crime, transportation and various urban problems.
Investigates sociological explanations of human sexuality using a gender constructionist framework. Trends in sexual attitudes will be explored, along with issues of sexual expression/desire, gender socialization, sexual aggression and sexual diversity.
This course will discuss a wide range of topics from theoretical questions of what is culture and examinations of postmodern culture to specific examples such as tabloid talk shows' discussions of sex.
Theory and research that examines historical and current patterns of social inequality, class, differentiation and mobility. Power, status and socioeconomic variations among groups and populations are explored. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or approval of instructor.
The objective of this course is to enable the student to examine deviance with a broader perspective and understanding. Theories of deviance, types of deviance, and the inequality inherent in the imposition of the deviant label.
Nature and significance of criminality; significance of race, ethnicity and gender on arrest statistics, perceptions, and public knowledge of crime; etiology of illegal behavior; trends in social reactions to crime and criminals; evolution of biological, psychological, and sociological theories of criminal behavior.
An overview of the criminological theories regarding juvenile offending and the juvenile justice system. Attention is given to the history, development, and roles of theoretical positions and practices in the areas of juvenile delinquency.
Focuses on a selected topic of contemporary concern and significance in sociology. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Individual study with a faculty member in a subject area of mutual interest. May be repeated for credit when the subject varies.
Introduction to theories, concepts, and issues of population study, with emphasis on trends, compositions, and implications of social problems.
Multicultural influences on the school system and the democratic society will be examined in this course. The course will use sociological analysis to address the major problems in schools and education today.
This course explores various sociological perspectives to integrate material on race-ethnicity, gender, class and sexual orientation on contemporary diverse families. This course will focus on the family issue from comparitive point of view. Historical and cross-cultural study will be explored to understand the impact on family across culture and time.
This course explores how and why ordinary people erupt into the streets and try to exert power in confrontations with elites, authorities or opponents, as well as the impact these confrontations have on the public, the media and the state. The course includes historical and cross cultural research on social movement activism, mobilization, and change.
An examination of selected aspects and dynamics of terrorism and political violence. Identify social, cultural, historical and technological factors that escalate conflict and fuel terrorism.
Using the conceptual tools of sociology, this course examines religious beliefs, practices, symbols, and rites, as well as formation of religious movements, sects, and institutionalization. All addressed will be how religion intersects with social class, gender, race and ethnicity. The material incorporates cross-cultural and historical studies.
The goal of this course incorporates both in classroom and field trips to introduce China, its history, political system, culture, economic develoment and current state of contemporary Chinese society.
Philosophy and methods of social research, including research design, methods of data collection, data analysis and uses other sources of social data. Qualitative and quantitative techniques of inference, analysis and research writing. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301, PSYC 2471 or MATH 1342.
Basic concepts and statistical techniques for applied social research. Introduction to use of SPSS statistical software to data entry and statistical analysis, including correlation, bivariate analysis, and multivariate analysis. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 and PSYC 2471 (or MATH 1342).
Development of social theory from the perspectives of early thinkers, such as Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, Weber and Marx to contemporary schools of functionalism, conflict, interactionalism, feminism, exchange and postmodern theory. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 and 6 credit hours of sociology advanced course.