Graduate Sociology Courses

CJ/SOC 502 Theoretical Criminology. (3 Hours) An intense overview of the major theories of crime and delinquency from the 18th century to the present. (F)

SOC 503 History and Philosophy of Substance Abuse. (3 Hours) Background information on society’s management over time of alcohol and other substances and the effects of their use, with emphasis on philosophical orientations underlying the management strategy. (F)

CJ/SOC 504 Sociological Jurisprudence. (3 Hours) Intensive study of the historical development of current status of constitutional doctrine in relation to the administration of justice by utilizing the options of the U.S. Supreme Court as the basis for equal protection, police practices and the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Federal and State constitutional laws as they relate to the criminal justice system. (F)

SOC 505 History of Sociology. (3 Hours) Analysis of the works of major contributors to classical sociological theory, e.g., Durkheim, Weber, Merton, Parsons, and an examination of the ways in which their work converges to form a cumulative body of sociology theory. (F)

CJ/SOC 506 Seminar in Juvenile Justice. (3 Hours) Administrative, management, supervisory, policy, and legal aspects of the juvenile justice system; problems of manpower training and development; planning, program evaluation, and management strategies related to juvenile courts; community diversion and correctional programs and institutions; recent court decisions and legal standards. (S)

SOC 507 Recent Social Theory. (3 Hours) Nineteenth and 20th century sociological theory. Contemporary theoretical thought is studied and applied to contemporary issues such as modernity and globalization. (S)

SOC 508 Current Issues In Law Enforcement. (3 Hours) Police-management problems; organization and objectives, planning and coordination, public relations and support. (D)

SOC 512 Methods of Social Research. (3 Hours) A course which covers methodology and techniques for selection and formulation of a research problem, research design, questionnaire and schedule construction, proposal writing. (F)

CJS/SOC 513 Statistics. (3 Hours) Quantitative techniques of data analysis are introduced in the context of their application in sociological research. Research design, measurement theory, data collection, coding, machine use, and statistical analysis and interpretation are stressed. (S)

SOC 515 Legal Aspects of Corrections. (3 Hours) Functions, powers, procedures and legal limitations germane to correctional administration with particular emphasis on those operating in the criminal justice field. (D)

SOC 523 Seminar-Family and Marriage with Special Emphasis on the Black Family. (3 Hours) Varying forms and functions of family organizations in different societies. Family relations and personality formation. Contemporary social changes influencing family life, with special emphasis on the Black family. (S)

SOC 525 Correctional Treatment and Rehabilitation. (3 Hours) The study of the process of rehabilitating adult and juvenile offenders in prisons, jails, detention centers, and reform schools. Includes an analysis of offender classification schemes, the major institutional treatment programs and strategies. (D)

SOC 526 Seminar in Race Relations and Minorities. (3 Hours) Sociological examination of relationship between and within racial groups; analysis of social causes of prejudice and discrimination. (F)

SOC 532 Seminar in Crime Prevention and Control. (3 Hours) An examination of the roles played by public and private law enforcement security officials, the community, and community agencies in deterring and controlling crime and delinquency. Analysis of the coordinating efforts between the community, its agencies, and the justice system. Theories of crime prevention and control with environment will be analyzed. (S)

SOC 535 Understanding the Role of Various Disciplines in the Study of Urban Problems. (3 Hours) Students will undertake projects correlating the contributions made by various disciplines to the solution of urban problems. (D)

SOC 538 Social Psychology of Deviant Behavior. (3 Hours) An intensive examination of the concept of deviant behavior and associated concepts, e.g., alienation, abnormality, anomie, pathology, marginality. (Su, D)

SOC 541 Industrial Sociology. (3 Hours) Socioeconomic aspects of industrialization; technological change, changing of occupational structure and labor market, labor commitment, the roles of unions in development, bureaucratization, and change and managerial ideology. (O, D)

SOC 543 Stress Management in Justice Administration. (3 Hours) Provides criminal justice personnel with a bio-social framework or model to identify specific stresses peculiar to law enforcement work and develop adaptive mechanisms to mediate stress and alleviate the psychological effects of stress. (D)

SOC 544 Security Systems and Administration. (3 Hours) The organization and management of security units in industry, businesses, governments, institutions, etc. The protection of manpower, facilities, and other assets. Administrative, legal, and technical problems and issues in professional security management. Loss prevention, government internal security controls, employee dishonesty, shoplifting, and other issues are analyzed. (S, Sum)

SOC 548 Social Change. (3 Hours) Reform, revolution and involvement. (Sum)

SOC 550 Methods of Research and Evaluation. (4 Hours) This course is designed to increase the student’s skills in formal research and report writing and in drawing up empirical indicators for use in program evaluation. Practical application of skills developed in the course will be required in evaluation activities carried out during the formulation and actual fielding of a research project to be reported in the Masters’ thesis. (F)

SOC 551 Public Policy Justice Administration. (3 Hours) Analysis of interrelationship of criminal justice system components and the political setting surrounding the formulation and administration of public policies for crime control. (D)

SOC 572 Research and Independent Study. (3 Hours) Opportunity for students to undertake independent study and research under the direction of a faculty member. Research proposal must be approved by a faculty member prior to registration. At the close of the period of study, the student will submit a written report and may be asked to take a comprehensive examination on his/her work. (O, D)

SOC 588 Interventive Methods I. (3 Hours) Strategies, techniques and approaches to the intervention, redirection and amelioration of substance misuse behavior with special emphasis on individual, group and community organization foci. (F)

SOC 589 Interventive Methods II. (3 Hours) Prerequisite: SOC 588. Advanced study of interventive methods with focus on use of games, simulation, roleplaying, etc. in intervention. (S)

SOC 590 Practicum. (5 Hours) The practicum experience will be obtained at one of the local agencies or at an agency in another city or state. The internship will include: supervised leadership assignments, administrative and supervisory functions in a public or private agency or institution with emphasis on services for alcoholics or other substance abusers. A bi-weekly integrative seminar during the practicum allows students to share their field experiences with each other. (D)

CJS/SOC 591 Seminar in Police Administration. (3 Hours) The study of police practices and problems, functional and organizational dilemmas of law enforcement, role and interaction of police and community, examination of police subculture and public policy implications on police practices. Includes an analysis of police organization, management and operations, issues and problems of contemporary law enforcement. (S)

SOC 592 Crime and Substance Abuse. (3 Hours) This course will examine concepts of crime and substance abuse in our society and issues and consequences. It will relate to the differential association, differential social organization theories, and their underlying assumptions and propositions. Criminal substance abuse behavior causation as well as other factors will be discussed during course and crime and substance abuse. Attention will also focus on typologies of criminal substance abuse and the criminal justice system. (D)

SOC 597 Directed Individual Project. (4 Hours) Students work under an advisor on research project. Attention is given to the development of analytical writing and communication skills in scholarly research paper. Defense of paper is required. (D)

SOC 598 Internship. (3 Hours) Students will obtain practical experience at one of the local or state correctional institutions. The internship will include supervised leadership assignments, administrative and supervisory functions in these settings with emphasis on acquisition of knowledge and service experience for juveniles and criminals. A weekly seminar during the internship will allow the students to share their field experiences with each other. (D)

SOC 599 Special Topics. (3 Hours) Varying advanced sociological topics selected by the instructor for study in depth. Course may be repeated for credit for a maximum of nine semester hours provided registrations cover different topics. Topics announced in advance. (D) Comps (Calhoun)       Religion and Society (Kersen)

SOC 600 Master’s Thesis. (6 Hours) The candidate for the Master of Arts degree must present a thesis based on research conducted on a topic that is approved by his/her advisor. (D)

*CJ/SOC 620 Community Analysis. (3 Hours) Various approaches to community; types of community; the structural and functional aspects such as leadership, social stratification, subgroups, values and norms. (F)

*CJ/SOC 622 Research and Statistics. (3 Hours) Descriptive and inferential statistics will be reviewed and used to explore contemporary sociological issues. Methods of collection, maintaining, analyzing and reporting data will be addressed. (S)

CJ/SOC 635 Crime in the Urban Community. (3 Hours) This course will cover a wide array of topics on crime in the urban community. Most importantly, this course will seek to find solutions to “why” the crime rate is steadily rising in the urban community and what measures are taken to curb the crime rise. (S)

 SOC 700 Methods of Alcohol/Drug Prevention in the Elementary School. (3 Hours) This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills in the prevention of alcohol and drug related problems. Emphases are placed on primary and secondary prevention strategies. Specific prevention approaches appropriate for school and community settings are presented. (D)


*Courses above the 600 level may be taken for the Master of Arts in Sociology or as electives in the Educational Specialist degrees.