SOC 100 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY
An introduction to sociology through a study of the basic concepts used in sociological analysis, particularly culture, types of social groups, processes of interaction, social class, population traits and trends. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.
SOC 136 SOCIAL PROBLEMS
An introduction to sociology through an examination of what society considers to be social problems with a view toward showing how society produces these phenomena and to what extent they are solvable. Areas include: crime, mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism, other forms of deviance, poverty, racism, conflicts over power. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.
CJ 158 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
An overview of the history, structure and function of the police, prosecutor, judicial and correctional organizations and their interrelatedness. Through readings and an examination of Supreme Court cases, policy issues such as sufficient evidence, use of discretion and legal concerns will be discussed. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.
POL 203 POLITICAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS
A study of the nature and practice of political and civil rights, with an emphasis placed upon the study of contemporary controversies, such as hate speech, separation of church and state and the rights of the accused. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of political and judicial processes. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.
SOC 243 CRIMINOLOGY
An examination of sociological concepts, theories and perspectives regarding the study of crime. Topics include: the amounts and trends of crime; theoretical explanations; policies of crime control. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.
SOC 244 SOCIOLOGY OF CORRECTIONS
An investigation into the various punitive and rehabilitative philosophies and practices employed by the correctional field in dealing with crime and criminality. Topics include: history of corrections, theories of punishment, death penalty, sentencing, effectiveness of rehabilitation, community supervision and restorative alternatives. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.
SOC 347 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
The development and continuities of theoretical concepts and orientations in sociology against the intellectual and social backgrounds of their times. Differing schools of thought and representative works. Prerequisite: 15 social sciences credits or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.
CJ 324 RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
A fundamental understanding of research design and data analysis in criminology and criminal justice. The course will examine quantitative and qualitative research methods (experimental design, quasi-experimental design, surveys, field research, secondary data analysis), types of data and measurement, probability and sampling techniques. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.
SOC 350 APPLIED STATISTICS
An examination of statistical principles and techniques in the analysis of social science data. Application of computer software packages for statistical analysis will be emphasized. Prerequisite: SOC 212 or departmental approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.