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Sociology



SOC 101
Principles of Sociology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course introduces the student to sociology, a study of social interaction and its products. It includes an analysis of social processes, social institutions, culture, personality, and social change.

SOC 102
Modern Social Problems [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a survey of the nature and range of social problems, the conditions which give rise to them, and the methods by which our society attempts to cope with them.

SOC 104
Aging & Life: Introduction to Gerontology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a general introductory study of aging and social behavior from a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. Special attention is given to the realities of biological, psychological, and social development in late adulthood; personal attitudes about aging; and psycho-social-spiritual needs. (Offered on demand)

SOC 202
Human Sexuality [Lecture] (2.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to help the student understand normal and abnormal human sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality will be considered from many angles, including the biological, psychological, behavioral and spiritual perspectives. Also listed as PSY 202 and WST 202.

SOC 205
Ethnic and Social Diversity [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This foundation course is designed to provide students with knowledge of human diversity and social and economic justice in our nation and the world. Its goal is to help produce a culturally sensitive professional by increasing one’s cultural awareness, promoting one’s knowledge acquisition, and assisting in one’s skill development. A goal is for students to complete this course with a better understanding of themselves and of the diverse groups that will be examined. Also listed as SWK 205.

SOC 206
Drugs, HIV, and the Family [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
A comprehensive required course addressing alcohol and other drug use (ATOD), HIV, as well as the impact of each on the family. Emphasis is on motivation for drug use and abuse, specific types of drugs and their identification, physiological and psychological implications of alcohol, tobacco and other (ATOD) drug abuse. There are no course prerequisites. Also listed as SWK 206.

SOC 208
Marriage and the Family [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to assist students in making decisions about dating, marriage and parenting. Marriage is one of the primary decisions one makes in his/her lifetime, yet in our society we take this decision so lightly. The high rate of divorce in our society seems to indicate that marriage is not a lifetime commitment, but a commitment to the relationship until one or both partners decide the relationship is no longer meaningful. The goal is to create and then sustain healthy intimate relationships. Also listed as SWK 208.

SOC 260
Organizational Behavior [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and resolving conflicts in groups. Also listed as PSY 260.

SOC 302
Criminology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Crime and the criminal offender are studied sociologically to analyze causes of criminal behavior and alternatives for treatment of the offender. Both classical and contemporary research perspectives are considered. Also listed as CRJ 302. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

SOC 303
Communities in Transition [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This analysis of the social organization of rural, suburban, and urban communities in contemporary society places special attention on minority communities. Emphasis is on patterns of community change, theories of planned and unplanned change, and on change agent roles and functions. (Offered on demand)

SOC 304
Research Methods [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The techniques and methods of social research are introduced and studied. Included are research interviewing, formulating research hypotheses, scaling, constructing a questionnaire, conducting a formal survey, and analyzing quantitative data. Opportunity is provided for a practical application of the scientific method of study. Also listed as CRJ 304. Prerequisite: MTH 200. (Offered alternate years)

SOC 305
Death & Bereavement [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of the process of dying and the issues associated with it, this course examines the complex issues surrounding the crisis of bereavement. Additional attention is given to the transition brought about by the loss of a spouse and the resulting social disruption. (Offered on demand)

SOC 306
Social Psychology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course considers social interaction as it is related to personality and behavior. Motives and attitudes are studied in their social significance and as they affect behavior of individuals and groups. Also listed as PSY 306.

SOC 308
Counseling: Theory & Practice [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course introduces major theories and practices of counseling, including basic counseling skills, and provides opportunity for students to make application of the theories and methods to their field of interest. Also listed as PSY 308.

SOC 310
Social Deviance & Control [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is an overview of the theory and research on deviant behavior and on historical and contemporary control responses to it. Deviance as variance in social and physical functioning, as violation of social norms, and as membership in groups viewed as radical will be considered. (Offered on demand)

SOC 312
Juvenile Delinquency [Laboratory] (1.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This laboratory is designed for the practical application and observation of concepts contained in CRJ/SOC 312 - Juvenile Delinquency. It concentrates on the restorative and reahabilitative philosophy of the juvenile system in the United States. Students will be involved in a joint venture with the Westside Academy of BOCES 2, Spencerport, New York. This venture, known as the R.E.A.C.H. Program (Roberts Engaging Adolescents and Creating "Heroes"), is aimed at recognizing the value of youth in society and emphasizes the ethical and moral issues of honesty, excellence, respect and obligation. Also listed as CRJ 312. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOC 312
Juvenile Delinquency [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course offers an analysis of the problems and causes of juvenile delinquency and society's responses to it. History, philosophy, and institutional organization of the juvenile system are considered. Also listed as CRJ 312.

SOC 314
Juvenile Justice System [Laboratory] (1.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed for the practical application and observation of concepts contained in CRJ/SOC 314--Juvenile Justice Systems. It concentrates on the restorative and rehabilitative philosophy of the juvenile justice system in the United States. Students will be involved in a joint venture with Alternative Junior High School at BOCES 2, Spencerport, New York. This venture, known as the R. E. A. C. H. Program (Roberts Engaging Adolescents and Creating "Heros"), is aimed at recognizing the value of youth in society and emphasizes the ethical and moral issues of honesty, excellence, respect, and obligation. Also listed as CRJ 314. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

SOC 314
Juvenile Justice System [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course concentrates on the historical development of the juvenile justice system in the United States, the rehabilitative philosophy, jurisdiction issues, principles of adjudication, the role of police, juvenile courts, corrections, community agencies, and abuses within the system. Future trends of the juvenile justice system are considered. Also listed as CRJ 314. (Offered alternate years)

SOC 320
Religion and Society [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
An analysis of the interaction of religion and society through utilization of major concepts, methods, and theories of the sociology of religion, this course emphasizes the social context, dynamics, and change of diverse religious collectivities within both Western and non-Western cultures. Also listed as THE 320. (Offered on demand)

SOC 341
The Leadership Challenge [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course explores the many facets of leadership, as distinct from management. Leadership is about people and purpose, about being and doing. The course emphasizes foundational principles from a Christian worldview, including character development and servant-leader model. Ultimately, the leader's goals are to effect an organizational transformation and to bring about a desired change. Prerequisite: junior standing.

SOC 401
History of Sociology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Various schools of classical sociological thought are studied in the light of their historical context and contributions to contemporary sociological theory. Also listed as HST 401. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (Offered on demand)

SOC 405
Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides an in-depth analysis of selected topics germane to the juvenile justice system. The course includes topics such as child abuse and domestic violence, alternatives for the status offender, ethical issues, children's rights, right to treatment and right to refuse treatment, the politics of juvenile justice, and the juvenile court as a socio-legal institution. Also listed as CRJ 405. (Offered alternate years)

SOC 490
Cross-Cultural Experience in Sociology [Trip] (1.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Cross-Cultural Experience in Sociology will introduce students to social systems and processes as carried out in a country or territory other than the United States. Students will gain personal experience and interpersonal skills that can be effective tools when working with culturally and racially diverse groups. This course will explore selected social policies as they relate to the nation's plans and programs in education and public information, policing, the judiciary, corrections and social welfare. Students will explore the agencies and programs sponsored by the Church and/or by the public sector that are designed to address the social problems of the country under study. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and permission of the instructor.

SOC 495
Independent Study [Independent Study] (1.0-4.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Registrar.


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The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.