Sociology Minor

In addition to the general education requirements, minors in Sociology must complete 15 semester hours in Sociology, including SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology and SOCI4330 Social Inequality.  Courses used to complete a Criminal Justice major or a Human Services major may not be used to meet the requirements for the minor in Sociology.


Teacher Certification in Sociology

ONLY FOR NON-SOCIOLOGY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY SOCIOLOGY ENDORSEMENT (5-12). Non-Sociology majors desiring a secondary Sociology endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete the Secondary Education Program (with SOSC3390 Methods of Teaching Social Studies as the appropriate methods course), a major in a secondary teaching field, and 24 s.h. in Sociology or 30 s.h. in the broad area of Social Sciences to include 15 s.h. in Sociology.


Courses in Sociology

SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field. Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C

+ SOCI1350 Cultural Anthropology 3 s.h.
Survey and analysis of diverse cultural patterns. Goal 4

SOCI2000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

+ SOCI2320 Marriage and the Family 3 s.h.
Sociological study of the family institution. Topics include dating, marital roles and interaction patterns, socialization, divorce, and others. Goal 1C

SOCI2500 Criminology 3 s.h.
Study of the nature, extent and causes of crime, and the analysis of various types of crimes. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (grade of C or better) and Sophomore standing.

SOCI3000 Individual Study  1-3 s.h.

SOCI3100 Environment and Society 3 s.h.
Examines environmental concerns and issues such as environmental justice, wilderness preservation, sustainability, peak oil, environmental security, green consumption, conservation crime, oil spills, and fracking. Ecological hope and despair, that is, the question of emotional sustainability in the face of issues that seem beyond one’s individual control, are explored throughout.

SOCI3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also COMM/PEAC3210) 3 s.h.
An examination of conflict theories and approaches, negotiation process, conflict ethics, and third party mediation. In this class, students will become familiar with the causes of conflict as well as ways strategies and tactics used in conflict management. Further, this class will explore the foundational theoretical concepts and models of dialogue in the context of conflict management. Goal 3B

SOCI3310 Social Psychology (Also PSYC3310) 3 s.h.
The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better).

+ SOCI3340 Penology (Also CRMJ3340) 3 s.h.
Examines various theories of social control, as well as correctional practices, reforms, and their consequences. Research on various punishment and correctional strategies will be discussed. Prerequisite: CRMJ2520 Corrections in America (grade of C or better).

SOCI3350 Topics in Anthropology 1-3 s.h.
An in-depth study of topics from one or more fields of anthropology. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: SOCI1350 (grade of C or better).

+ SOCI3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (also CRMJ3520) 3 s.h. 
Includes an examination of the nature, extent, and patterns of juvenile delinquency, evaluation of theories and causal explanations of delinquency and investigation of delinquent subcultures, as well as an examination of legal processing and treatment programs for young offenders. PREREQUISITE: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology (grade of C or better).

SOCI3900 Advanced Topics in Sociology 1-3 s.h.
Study of topics from one or more fields of sociology, including Collective Behavior, Aging and Society, Social Change, and others. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (grade of C or better).

SOCI4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

SOCI4330 Social Inequality 3 s.h.
Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

SOCI4440 Social Research 3 s.h.
A survey of the principles and practices of social research, including data analysis, research ethics, and the design and implementation of surveys, experiments, and field studies. Prerequisites (with grade of C or better): SOCI1300 and either SOCI2500 or HMSV2300 and senior standing. (It is recommended that MATH1380 be taken prior to enrolling in Social Research.)

+Denotes an alternate year course.