Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number
Course Name
Semester Credit Hours
Course Description
Cross Listed Course
Prerequisite
SOC 201Economics of Food and Agriculture3The course offers an introduction to agriculture economics
and some basic tools and concepts essential to economic decision making.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
SOC 202Rural Communities: Legacy and Change3Social problems of small communities are examined in
changing rural America. The approach is sociological but interdisciplinary incorporating historical analysis and political economy.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
SOC 203Principles of Sociology3Survey of the basic principles and concepts of sociology..Not ApplicableNot Applicable
SOC 300Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences3This
course serves as an introduction to the use of statistics
as a method of describing and analyzing data from research in the behavioral and social sciences.
POS 300, PSY 300MAT 115
SOC 301Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences3 Introduces the basic logic, knowledge, and
skills of research design and methodology in the behavioral and social sciences.
POS 301, PSY 301SOC 300, POS 300, PSY 300 or consent of instructor
SOC 303Cultural Anthropology3Introduction to the scientific study of human culture; the examination of the ecological,
historical, and evolutionary foundations of culture
Not ApplicableSOC 203
SOC 304Race and Ethnic Relations3A sociological analysis of modern race and ethnic relations with attention given to black-white interaction,
race prejudice, discrimination, cultural differences, and
socio-cultural dynamics.
Not ApplicableSOC 203, HIS 201, and HIS 202
SOC 305Contemporary Social Problems3An examination of social issues and conflicts of society from a sociological perspective.Not ApplicableSOC 203
SOC 312The Sociology of Poverty3Investigation of the socio-cultural factors that contribute to poverty and deprivation
in rural and urban settings.
Not ApplicableSOC 305
SOC 314Demography3Examination
of the factors that affect growth, size, composition,
and distribution of human populations; the components
of population change and their relationship to
socio-cultural variables.
Not ApplicableSOC 203 and SOC 300
SOC 320Social Stratification3Study
of systems of social ranking in societies. Attention is
focused on social classes in American societies and the
distribution of power, prestige, and privileges.
Not ApplicableSOC 203 or consent of instructor
SOC 343Juvenile Delinquency3The prerequisite may be taken
concurrently. Study of the causes of delinquency as
revealed through personal, family, and community-
situational conditions.
Not ApplicableSOC 203
SOC 350Urban Sociology3The prerequisite may be taken concurrently. Examination of social processes, including
the emergence of leadership, the structure of authority,
and the differentiation between and among
urban institutions.
Not ApplicableSOC 203
SOC 400Internship3The internship offers experiential learning wherein
students are assigned to research and agriculture extension
mentors. The objective is to encourage careers
in agriculture through direct experience.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
SOC 403Social Psychology3An intensive study of the
growing field of cognitive psychology. The course
explores concepts of memory, attention, thinking, and
language with reflections on information processing
and artificial intelligence.
PSY 403PSY 200 and SOC 203, or consent of instructor
SOC 405Sociological Theory3The social, cultural, and intellectual foundations of sociological
theory.
Not ApplicableJunior classification in Sociology
SOC 423Criminology3The latter prerequisite may be taken concurrently. A study of criminology from the classical schools to the present, with special units on the professional criminal and white collar crime.Not ApplicableSOC 203
SOC 428Applied Sociology3Examination
of a broad range of perspectives for the
application of sociological principles and techniques to
human environmental problems and conditions.
Not ApplicableJunior classification in Sociology
SOC 430Child Welfare Services3An historical analysis of child welfare as an institution
and an in-depth study of programs, policies, practices and their impact on children, youth and families.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
SOC 431Social Change3A seminar in which students present and defend independently developed projects
on the dynamics of change
Not ApplicableSOC 203 and 9 additional semester credit hours earned in upper-level Sociology courses.
Open to seniors only.
SOC 490Sociological Practicum I1 - 6directed reading,
research, or pre-professional working-learning experience for selected students in sociology.
Not ApplicableConsent of instructor
SOC 491Sociological Practicum II1 - 6This course is designed to develop analytical skills, interpretation
and research; and to nurture intellectual
self-reliance and critical thinking. The Senior paper of publishable quality is the major outcome of this course.
Not ApplicableConsent of instructor
SOC 492Sociological Practicum III1 - 6This course is designed to develop analytical skills, interpretation
and research; and to nurture intellectual
self-reliance and critical thinking. The Senior paper of publishable quality is the major outcome of this course.
Not ApplicableConsent of instructor
SOC 499Senior Colloquium3This course is designed to develop analytical skills, interpretation
and research; and to nurture intellectual
self-reliance and critical thinking. The Senior paper of publishable quality is the major outcome of this course.
Not ApplicableSenior classification
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