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Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Courses in Criminal Justice Major

Minor Programs
Course Descriptions



Faculty
Professors Emeriti: Dhillon, Jogindar; Smith, Charles U.
Department Chair: Narayan Persaud, Ph.D.
Professors: Foster, John T.; Foster, Sarah W.; Gray-Ray, Phyllis; Persaud, Narayan
Associate Professors: Cook, Cynthia; Moloye, Olugbemi
Assistant Professors: Agyapong, Owusu-Ansah; Brethauer-Gay, Helen; Dix-Richardson, Felecia; Dokurugu, Yussif; Harris, Gregory; Hughes, Brenda;
Anthropology Coordinator: Olugbemi Moloye, Ph.D.
Criminal Justice Coordinator:  Kristen Bowen
Sociology Coordinator:  Brenda Hughes, Ph.D.
Juvenile Justice Role Model Program, Director: Narayan, Persaud
Program Coordinator/Placement Director: Perkins, Jacqueline

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice provides two programs of study leading to bachelor degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Sociology and the Bachelor of Criminal Justice. The Department offers minors in anthropology, sociology, criminal justice and juvenile justice. In collaboration with other units in the College, the Department participates actively in the interdivisional Master’s of Applied Social Sciences program. In all our programs, students' growth and development are our first priority, and we endeavor to provide a first-rate education for each student. A total of 120 semester credit hours are required for a baccalaureate degree–60 lower level credit hours and 60 upper level credit hours.  Students are encouraged to master the skills essential for their chosen profession and to become productive, thoughtful and ethical citizens.

Requirements for a Major in Sociology
(Bachelor of Science Degree)

To major in sociology a student must take courses in social thought, research methods and appropriate substantive material by completing 30 semester hours in sociology, including SYA 3010, SYA 3300, SYA 3400,  SYD 4730 and SYA 4930.  (SYG 2000, Introduction to Sociology, and SYG 2010, Social Problems, are prerequisites for all upper level courses in sociology.)  It is expected that these core courses will be taken at Florida A&M University.  The additional 15 semester hours are to be taken from among the courses in sociology and anthropology.  Students may select elective courses from the following areas: social structure, intergroup relations, social research and methodology, marriage and family studies, social psychology, community studies, and anthropology. Internships are available to students and are recommended for students who do not plan to do graduate work.  A grade below a "C" in any of these courses will not be accepted for credit toward the major.  No more than 6 semester credit hours in anthropology may be applied toward a degree in sociology.  Graduates of the program are eligible to enter graduate or law school as well as take positions in a wide variety of governmental and private organizations.

A minor is required for sociology majors.
  The minor requires 18 credit hours in an approved field. The curriculum for the minor follows the requirements specified by the minor field.  A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.

A minor in sociology for non-majors requires 18 credit hours in sociology courses.  Students must complete successfully SYG 2000, SYA 3010, SYA 3300, and twelve (12) upper level hours of electives in sociology and anthropology. SYG 2000 and SYG 2010 are prerequisites for all other sociology courses.  A grade below a "C" will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.

A minor in anthropology for non-majors requires 18 credit hours in anthropology courses.  Students must complete ANT 2511 and 15 hours of upper-level electives in anthropology.  [Six credit hours of sociology may be applied toward an  Anthropology minor] ANT 2000, Introduction to Anthropology, is prerequisite for all electives in anthropology.  A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.

Students who use Introduction to Sociology and/or Introduction to Anthropology to satisfy their general education requirements cannot use these courses as part of satisfying their minor requirements.

Requirements for a Major in Criminal Justice:  
(Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree)

The components of Criminal Justice offerings consist of theory, research, criminal law, law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice.  To major in criminal justice, a student must complete 30 semester hours of upper division criminal justice courses, including CCJ 3117, CCJ 4700, CCJ 3718, CCJ 4932, CJE 4065, CJL 3510, and CJL 4012. Students must master CCJ 2010, "Introduction to Criminal Justice" before taking upper level courses.  It is expected that these 18 semester credit hours of core courses will be taken at Florida A&M University.  The additional 9 semester hours are to be taken from a single substantive area. Students may choose from the substantive areas of: (1) legal studies, (2) minority and gender studies, (3) juvenile justice, or (4) corrections. Internships are available for students to acquire experience in their chosen field of study.  The internship is optional, but students are strongly encouraged to arrange their schedules so that they can complete an internship before they graduate. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in agencies throughout the criminal justice system or enter graduate or law school.  A grade below a "C" will not be accepted for credit toward the major.

A minor is required for Criminal Justice majors.  The minor requires 18 credit hours of course work in an approved non-criminal justice/juvenile justice field.  The curriculum for the minor follows the requirements specified by the minor field.  A grade below a "C" will not be accepted for credit toward the minor requirements. Most students who major in Criminal Justice choose to minor in sociology or anthropology.

A minor in Criminal Justice for non-majors requires 18 credit hours in criminal justice courses.  Students must take CCJ 2010 "Introduction to CJ" and 15 upper level credit hours of electives in criminal justice.  A grade below a "C" will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.

A minor in Juvenile Justice is restricted to non-CJ majors. It requires 18 credit hours in selected criminal/juvenile justice courses.  Students must take CJJ 3501, CJJ 3544, CJJ 3545, CCJ 4933, CCJ 4939, CCJ 3503 or CJC 4164.  A grade below a "C" will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.

The Juvenile Justice Role Model Development Program is a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach to the study of Juvenile Justice.  The Florida A&M Role Model Program offers both a concentration and certification in juvenile justice.  It is designed for both Criminal Justice majors (those majors who complete the substantive area nine credit hours requirement in the area of juvenile justice) and others who may choose to earn a certificate.  The Program’s mission is to provide a pool of professionals in the area of Juvenile Justice who are uniquely trained, culturally aware, and committed to serving as role models and mentors in prevention, intervention, and redirection programs throughout the state and nation.  The program also offers field placements in working with juveniles.

The Juvenile Justice concentration for criminal justice majors includes nine hours of course work in juvenile justice: CJJ 3010, CJJ 3544, and CJJ 3545.  For non-criminal justice majors who would like to minor in Juvenile Justice, 18 credit hours are required. See minor requirements for non-CJ majors. Each student will be required to mentor an at-risk youth. Note: students who major in Criminal Justice  cannot minor in Juvenile Justice.

Curriculum Guide

Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Freshman Year Sem. Hrs.
ENC 1101, 1102 Communicative Skills I, II or honors courses 6
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
MGF 1106 or 1107 Math-Liberal Arts I or II or
MAD 2120 Finite Math or STA 2024 Statistics

3
AMH 2010 or 2020 American History 3
POS 2041 American National Government 3
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology 3
HUM 2211 or 2230 Historical Survey I or II or
Other Humanities Elective

3
Free Elective 3
Subtotal 30

Sophomore Year Sem. Hrs.
BSC 1005 Biological Science 3
PSC 1121 Physical Science, AST 1000 Astronomy 4
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENC 2300 Improving Writing Competency or
ENC 3243 Technical Report Writing

3
ECO Economics Elective 3
SPC 1050/2600 Public Speaking 3
HUM Humanities Elective 3
AMH 2091 Afro-American History or
AFA 3104 African-American Experience

3
CGS 1160 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications 3
Free Elective 2
Subtotal
30

Junior Year Sem. Hrs.
SYA 3010 Sociological Theory 3
SYA 3300 Research Methods 3
SYA 3400 Social Statistics 3
SYG 2010 Social Problems 3
Sociology/Anthropology Electives 6
Minor Electives 9
Free Electives 3
Subtotal                                                                   30

Senior Year Sem. Hrs.
SYA 4930 Seminar in Sociology 3
Sociology/Anthropology Electives 9
Minor Electives 9
Internship/Free Electives 9
 Subtotal 30
Total Hours for B.S. in Sociology                        
120

Biological Science Requirement: BSC 1005, BSC 1010 or ISC sequence.
Physical Science Requirement: PSC 1121, AST 1002 or ISC sequence. Grade of "C" or above completes this requirement.

Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Freshman Year Sem. Hrs.
ENC 1101, 1102  or 1122 Communication Skills I, II or
honors courses

6
MAC 1105 College Algebra
MGF 1106  Math Science or

3
MGF 2212 Finite Mathematics or STA 2024 Statistics 3
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology 3
BSC 1005 Biological Science 3
HUM approved electives 6
CGS 1160 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications 3
 Subtotal 30

Sophomore Year Sem. Hrs.
AMH 2091 African American History or AFA 3104
African American Experience

3
CCJ 2010 Introduction to Criminal Justice
PSC 1121 Physical Science or

3
AST 1000 Astronomy 4
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENC 2300 Improving Writing Competency or
ENC 3251 Technical Report Writing

3
ECO Economics Elective (2013 or 3040 3
POS 2041  or 2112 American National Government 3
AMH 2010 or 2020 American History 3
SPC 1050 or 2600 Public Speaking 3
Free Elective 2
 Subtotal 30

Junior Year Sem. Hrs.
CJL 3510 American Court System 3
CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior 3
CCJ 3702 Statistics 3
CJE 4065 Police and Society 3
CCJ Substantive Area** 9
Minor Elective 9
 Subtotal                                                                   
30

Students may choose one (1) substantive area from:
** Legal Studies............................................................................................................................ 9
**Minority and Gender................................................................................................................... 9
**Juvenile Justice.......................................................................................................................... 9
**Corrections................................................................................................................................. 9

Senior Year Sem. Hrs.
CCJ 4310 Penology 3
CCJ 4700 Research in Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 4934 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 4947 *Field Placement/Internship (optional) 12
Minor 9
 Subtotal                                                                   
30
*If a student chooses not to register for internship, appropriate additional classroom courses must be taken to reach 60 credit hours for upper division work.

Biological Science Requirement: BSC 1005, BSC 1010 or ISC sequence.
Physical Science Requirement: PSC 1121, AST 1002 or ISC sequence. Grade of "C" or above completes this requirement.


*Substantive  CJ Areas
(Choose one area for nine semester hours)

*Law Enforcement
CJL 4565 Law & Social Control 3
CCJ 4403 Pollice Administration 3
CCJ 4930 Comtemporary Issues in Law Enforcement 3
CCJ XXXX Security Management 3

*Legal Studies
CJL 4064 American Criminal Law 3
CCJ 4932 Contemporary Judicial Issues or
CCJ 4936 American Criminal Procedure

3
CCJ 4031 Cases in Corrections 3

*Minority and Gender

CCJ 4670 Women and Crime
CCJ 4662 Race, Class and Justice 3
CCJ 3129 Multicultural Perspectives on Adolescence 3

*Juvenile Justice
CJJ 3010 Juvenile Delinquency and JJ System 3
CJJ 3545 Social Problems of Youth 3
CJJ 3544 Youth Management, Community Organization and Advocacy     
3

*Corrections
CCJ 4031 Cases in Corrections
CJC 4164 Community Corrections 3
CCJ 4360 Contemporary Issues in Corrections 3
* Choose one other criminal justice class (including special topics classes–CCJ 4930 through CCJ 4939) for three semester hours.
Total Hours for B.S. in Criminal Justice                                      
120
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Anthropology
ANT 2511 Emergence of Man                                                       3
Upper Division Anthropology Electives 15
Total hours 18

Criminal Justice
CCJ 2010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Upper Division Criminal Justice Elective Courses                15
Total hour 18

Sociology
SYA 3010 Sociological Theory                                         3
SYA 3300 Research Methods 3
Upper Division Sociology Elective Courses 12
Total hours 18


ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology (3) An introduction to basic concepts in physical and cultural anthropology.  An exploration of evidence of human evolution.
ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (3) Analysis of theory basic to historical development of cultural anthropology.  Examples of social evolution, diffusion and structural-functionalism are synthesized into models and applied to ethnographic evidence.
ANT 2511 Emergence of Man (3) Study of human development, physically and socially, until the beginning of civilization.
ANT 3212 Peoples of the World (3) Descriptive study of selected cultures with emphasis placed upon social complexity and diversity.
ANT 3241 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (3) Anthropological analysis of religion as a universal category of culture.  The cultural conceptions of the supernatural will be considered.  With a strong concern with the sociocultural and ecological contexts of beliefs, the course aims at a comparative understanding of myth and ritual, sorcery, shamanism, sacrifice, and totemism.
ANT 3340 Caribbean Cultural Patterns (3) Historical overview of the Caribbean region examines; the cultural development of Spanish, Dutch, and French islands and implications of U.S. Caribbean relations.
ANT 3352 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3) An overview of the world’s most ethnographically and linguistically diverse continent. Africa’s indigenous groups will be examined through an exploration of ecological and cultural similarities and differences in institutions and socio-cultural patterns. Political, social, cultural change in 20th century Africa and the nature of contemporary Africa will be explored.
ANT 3351 South African Ethnography (3) An examination of the cultural mosaic of modern Southern Africa that explores the fateful intertwining of the diverse cultural groups of the region through ethnographic studies, history, and current events.
ANT 3422 Family & Kinship in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) Historical overview of family systems and cultural development ethnographic research techniques and application to the study of kinship systems.
ANT 3702 International Development (3) Application of anthropology concepts to the process of development.  Emphasizes connections between economic systems, social and cultural conditions and the realities of professionals working in various cultural settings.
ANT 3711 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution (3) Provides an overview of the theories, research, and practices of conflict resolution.  The course emphasizes skill development in mediation and conflict resolution with a special focus on cross-cultural settings.
ANT 4905 Directed Individual Study (3) Individualized study and research under faculty supervision.
ANT 4930 Special Topics in Anthropology (3) Focus on topics of a general nature in anthropology not covered in current course offerings.  Topics to be considered at various times are: third world cultures, Africans in the old world and new, issues in anthropological theory, anthropological issues in archeology and history, anthropology and health, women and culture, etc.
CAP 3505 Computer Applications for the Social Sciences (3) A project based course that examines ideas and tools of microcomputer revolution, including electronic spreadsheets, word processing, data base management, telecommunication software, use of the internet/www for social research.
CCJ 2010 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) Overview of criminal justice system and its processes with consideration of interrelationship among criminal law, law enforcement, courts, diversion programs, corrections, and probation and parole.
CJJ 3010 Juvenile Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System (3) Designed to provide an overview of the various theories of juvenile delinquency, methods of prevention, intervention and rehabilitation.  It also provides an overview of the juvenile justice system’s treatment of the young.
CCJ 3129 Multicultural Perspectives on Adolescence and Adolescent Development (3) Presents an overview of current views on adolescents within a multicultural context and the various theoretical approaches explaining the similarities and differences in youth development.
CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior (3) Identifications of theory construction and its relationship to research and practice.  Exposition of humanity’s struggle for an insight into problems of crime up to present time.
CCJ 3702  Statistics. The use of basic descriptive and inferential statistical techniques, particularly as they applies to criminal justice data.
CCJ 4031 Cases in Corrections (3) Case histories of correctional clients prior to and during institutionalization.
CJE  4065 Police and Society (3) Study of law enforcement, particularly within the context of modern American society.
CCJ 4360 Contemporary Issues in Correction (3) Discussion and debate on contemporary issues facing the field of corrections.
CCJ 4662 Race, Class, and Justice (3) Explores the extent and form of
minority crime and criminal victimization.  Examines the type of representation and adjudication of minorities by the criminal justice system.
CCJ 4670 Women and Crime. Study of women’s involvement with criminal processing systems (as offender, victim and practitioner).
CCJ 4700 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3) An overview of research methodology and statistics with particular emphasis on the uses of research within the criminal justice system.
CCJ 4905 Directed Independent Study (3) Individualized study and research under faculty supervision.
CCJ 4930 Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement (3) Discussion and/or debate on contemporary issues facing law enforcement.
CCJ 4932 Contemporary Judicial Issues (3) Discussion and debate on significant contemporary issues facing state and federal courts.
CCJ 4933 Special Topics: Juvenile Law (3) Course focuses on the law directly impacting children in their homes and in protective custody.
CCJ 4934 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3) Contemporary analysis of theoretical and applied issues in criminal justice.
CCJ 4935 Special Topics: Law and Social Control (3) Study of law and social structure, sociology of law, and formal control machinery.
CCJ 4936 Special Topics: American Criminal Procedures (3) Procedural law as it relates to the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
CCJ 4937 Special Topics: Patterns of Criminal Behavior (3) Reviews the nature and extent of crime problem.  Concentrates on major patterns of offender behavior, including interpersonal violence, political violence, street crime, white-collar crime, organized crime, and public order crime.
CCJ 4938 Special Topics: Environmental Law and Crime (3) Examines contemporary issues of law, law enforcement and the judicial system as they relate to the environment and its uses.
CCJ 4939 Special Topics: Qualitative Field Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3) Provided the student of social and behavioral sciences with an exposure to the basic research tools and techniques of ethnographic data collection in mutual social settings.  Student will develop skills in participant observation, discovering cultural themes, analysis of observational data, and ethnographic report writing.
CCJ 4947 Internship in Criminal Justice (1-12) A work/study affiliation in an approved agency, allowing the student to apply theory to practice.
CCJ 5020 Juvenile Justice (3) Overview of the various theories of juvenile delinquency, methods of prevention, intervention and rehabilitation at the graduate level.  It also provides an overview of the juvenile justice system’s treatment of the young.
CCJ 5446 Correctional Management (3) An overview of correctional management including history, increases in confinement, decline of community based corrections, revival of capital punishment, models in correctional management, and characteristics of correctional institutions.  Comparison of traditional contemporary correctional systems will be emphasized.
CCJ 5457 Court Administration (3) This course introduces students to the rudiments of court administration.  With a concern for the practical aspects of court administration, the course focuses on analysis of the administrative functions of the court, the delegation of administrative duties, the adversarial system, and other concepts relating to the court as an institution of government.  Management functions, management styles, and leadership will also be explored to understand the dynamics of organizational change in courts.
CCJ 5608 Criminology Theory and Practice (3) Historical and contemporary examination of the major theories of criminology.  Emphasis is placed upon critical analysis and practical applicability of theories to criminal justice policies.
CCJ 5910 Independent Research in Criminal Justice (3) Individually selected program of personal study related to specific issues in criminal justice.  The student is expected to work with his/her mentor to produce a research-oriented paper suitable for professional presentation or publication.
CCJ 5659 Race, Class and Gender (3) Presents, explains, and explores contemporary issues of race, class and gender in the criminal system.
CCJ 5934 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (3) Presents, explains, and explores viable solutions to contemporary issues facing the criminal justice system in law enforcement, courts, prosecution, sentencing, criminal law, etc.
CJC 4164 Community Corrections (3) Analysis of the theories, concepts, practices, and special problems of juvenile and adult community correctional facilities.
CJJ 3544 Youth Management, Community Organization, and Advocacy (3) Examines the various approaches to youth management as they relate to prevention, intervention, and diversion.  Explores community initiatives to address problems of delinquency and the different methods used to guide high risk youths towards positive behavior.
CJJ 3545  Social Problems of Youth (3)  Offers a broad coverage of the various problems affecting the youth population and societal responses to these problems.  Addresses some of the consequences of youth problems on community and society.
CJL 3510 American Court Systems (3) Examination of local, state, and federal court systems, judicial interpretations, and decision-making processes.
CJL 4064  American Criminal Law (3) Sources of state and federal criminal law and elements of criminal acts in general as related to various crimes and the conduct of prosecution and defense in criminal trials.
CJL 4012 Penology (3) Examines the various aspects of the American correctional system and its affected population through a contextual historical analysis. Primary emphasis is placed upon correctional strategies and policies and their subsequent implementation and outcomes.
ISS 5316 Advanced Applications of Statistics & Research (3) Graduate research and statistics skill development with computer applications leading to mastery of data reduction and analytic techniques.
ISS 6972 Research and Thesis (6) Supervised interdisciplinary research and thesis for Master of Applied Social Science Program.  Option: ISS 6971 or ISS 6942.
SYA 3010 Sociological Theory (3) Historical overview of the development of sociological thought with emphasis on contemporary application.
SYA 3300 Research Methods (3) Applications of the scientific method to the collection and presentation of data. Computer work required.
SYA 3400 Social Statistics (3) Prereq: SYA 3300.  Statistical applications to the analysis of data.  The problems of design, development, implementation and reporting of data for research projects are examined.
SYA 3931 Honors Seminar I (3) Restricted to undergraduate honor students.  Survey of historic and contemporary sociological issues.
SYA 3932 Honors Seminar II (3) Restricted to undergraduate honor students.  Survey of historic and contemporary sociological issues.
SYA 4131 Social Behavior (3) Within the context of three paradigms of human behavior, selected theories illustrative of each paradigm are discussed.
SYA 4654 Program Evaluation (3) Undergraduate course in research and statistics.  Policies and procedures for the evaluation of public and private programs of education, social welfare, and government are examined.
SYA 4905 Directed Individual Study (1-6) Individualized study and research under faculty supervision.
SYA 4930 Seminar in Sociology (3) Comprehensive examination of sociological concepts and methods for the analysis of group interaction. Emphasis on independent study and communication skills.
SYA 4942 Internship in Sociology (1-12) Designed to provide student opportunity to apply pure research and theory-based knowledge acquired within an academic setting to an applied issue- or problem-oriented setting.
SYA 5136 Theories of Social Behavior (3) Interdisciplinary, critical analysis of selected major theories of human social behavior.
SYA 5659 Program Evaluation (3) Prereq: Graduate course in research and statistics.  Policies and procedures for the evaluation of public and private programs in education, social welfare, and government.
SYA 5971 Thesis (6) Graduate students in sociology who elect to write a thesis for the Masters of Applied Social Sciences degree should enroll while completing their project.
SYA 6942 Internship (1-6) Supervised field work in sociology with faculty or placement in an appropriate agency.
SYD 3410 Urban Sociology (3) Historical and contemporary urbanization patterns, processes of urban change, the impact of urbanization upon social interaction and personal adjustment, and the future of the city.
SYD 3440 Rural Sociology (3) This course provides the student with an overview of social life in rural communities.  It emphasizes the adjustment of rural communities to social, technological, and demographic change.  With the growing importance of large agri-businesses and the declining influence of small farmers, the future of traditional patterns of rural life in the contemporary United States is also considered.
SYD 3600 Community Structure and Analysis (3) This course explores the tremendous changes in American communities as they have responded to increasing industrialization, an expanding service industry, and rapid technological changes.  Models for analysis of community structure and guidelines for analyzing social institution in communities will be examined.
SYD 3700 Intergroup Relations in America (3) Sociological appraisal of problems in intergroup relations in contemporary America.
SYD 3770 Race and Culture (3) Assessment of the impact of race and culture on social relationships.  Conceptual perspectives, experimental data and field studies will be discussed.
SYD 4020 Population Problems (3) Study of international and national population changes and resulting problems.  Possible solutions to such problems are examined.
SYD 4603 Strategies of Community Development (3) The changing nature of American communities requires the mastery of techniques to better understand and manage community change.
SYD 4730 Sociology of the Black Experience (3) Sociological analysis of the Afro-American experience from the 17th century to the present.
SYD 5255 Sociology of Education (3) An examination of the theories and research ongoing in the field of education.  The course examines the educational system; the impact of social factors like stratification, inequality, sex, race, and social movements; the organization of schools; the hidden curriculum; higher education; and global systems of education.
SYD 5325 Applied Sociology (3) Policy study and research in sociology, characteristics of and relationship between policy (applied) research and basic research and contributions toward social problem reduction.
SYD 5608 Strategies for Community Development (3) Theory, principles, and techniques of major contemporary strategies of community development.  Comparison of merits and limitations of each strategy for work in rural and urban communities.  Applications of knowledge through simulation exercises.
SYD 5609 Program Planning for Developmental Work (3) Prereq: SYD 5608.  Developmental planning as a framework for project administration.  Theory, principles, and techniques of major models of program planning.  Practical exercises for developing programs for projects of varying complexity.
SYD 5705 Seminar in Race and Ethnic Relations (3) An extensive examination of current problems and issues in race and ethnic relations in the United States with emphasis on the use of current research literature and theories to find solutions.
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology (3) Sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives; methods of research; substantive areas in sociology; social institutions; social change and disorganization, urban ecology, demography, and social stratification.
SYG 2010 Social Problems (3) This course is designed to explore and explain the social problems of human population.
SYO 3102 Family in America (3) Using several sociological paradigms, an examination of family organization in the American society is investigated.  Analysis of contemporary social change and its influence on family life is examined.
SYO 3110 Men, Women & Social Change (3) Developmental approach to structure and function of marriage and family.  Current issues and controversies related to men, women and relationships are examined.
SYO 3400 Medical Sociology (3) Stresses social factors in health behavior and interdisciplinary collaboration between medical and social sciences. Examines health professions and professionals, role relationship withing the therapeutic encounter, social structure of the hospital and related health facilities, and current research challenges.
SYO 3460 Sociology of Mass Media (3) Examines the function, history and role of mass media from a sociological perspective.
SYO 3530 Social Stratification (3) Development and characteristics of status grouping patterns of interaction within and between social classes and the implications of stratification for human group behavior.
SYO 4103 Parenting in America (3) Course will (1) contrast historical and contemporary parenting ideologies and practices, (2) examine four major theoretical orientations toward child behavior, (3) compare parenting techniques; and (4) explore parenting practices within alternate family structures such as single-parent and reconstituted families.
SYO 4160 American Minority Family Systems (3) Sociological analysis of structural and cultural variations among American minorities and their family systems. Comparisons and contrasts are drawn.
SYO 4250 Sociology of Education (3) Institutional approach to study of education systems and current problems and practices.
SYP 3000 Social Psychology (3) Sociological perspective of teh interrelationships between the person and groups and the interaction between social structural variables and Personality development.
SYP 3030 Small Grou
SYP 3030 Small Groups (3) Explorations of theories and empirical studies related to small group dynamics. Topics include the structure and functions of groups, decision-making, leadership, and communication.