Course Outlines

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Analyzes human interaction and studies the application of scientific methods in the observation and analysis of social change, norms, groups, intergroup relations, social stratification, institutions, and basic socialization processes.

SOC 102 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Assists the student in understanding the history, philosophy, and structure of the criminal justice system and provides the student with a broad knowledge of contemporary issues within our system and the tension between the rights of those within and without the system.

SOC 202: Contemporary Social Problems
Critically examines various theoretical frameworks of selected social problems such as racial conflict, poverty, juvenile delinquency, crime, population changes, communication problems, and intergroup conflict resolution. Prerequisite: SOC 101

SOC 205 Juvenile Delinquency
Critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of causation, institutionalization, diversion, and prevention of juvenile delinquency. The juvenile justice system in the United States is also examined. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 208 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice
Studies the United States Constitution and how it affects criminal procedure and law enforcement activities. An in depth study of the bill of rights and how it applies to law enforcement. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 210 Criminology
Presents the science of crime, theories, causes, and the use of the scientific methods used by criminologists to accept or reject crime theories in light of observed or statistical data. Major emphases considered will be the relativity of crime, the scientific method in criminology, and the impact of criminology as a science. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 213 Criminal Investigation
This course provides for an examination of the fundamentals of criminal investigation from the crime site to the courtroom preparation experience. The course will also include an analysis of techniques of crime site recording and search, case preparation and organization, and operational modes of particular kinds of offenses. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 218 Community Corrections
Examines the history, goals and practices of community corrections as an alternative to incarceration in the United States. Student will learn and analyze current practices and issues in the investigation, classification, supervision and rehabilitation of probationers and parolees. Emphasized are more recent intermediate sanctions of electronic monitoring, boot camps, and intensive supervision. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 301 Urban Life and Development
Explores urban theory and analysis techniques emphasizing urban culture, life styles, social change, and the demographical, ecological, and social organization of the city and metropolitan area. Focuses on the sociological aspects of urban planning and redevelopment. Prerequisite: SOC 101

SOC 304 Multicultural Diversity: Ethnic and Minority Groups
Presents the nature of multicultural diversity reflecting both Western and non-Western cultures, theories, and patterns of social interaction, current trends and problems of cultural diversity with special emphasis on ethnicity, race, religion, the elderly, the mentally and physically disabled, sexual orientation, women as a minority, and an analysis of prejudice, discrimination, and institutional racism.

SOC 306 Criminal Justice Administration
Examines the principles and management of law enforcement agencies. The course also presents basic concepts of decision-making and human relations within law enforcement and corrections. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 307 Penology
Examines punishment and treatment of offenders in the United States. Course includes historical and philosophical overview of punishment with emphasis on human rights versus prisoners' rights and court decisions which have affected juvenile and adult offenders. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 310 Specialized Crimes
This course will examine the "changing face of crime" in America and the increasing spectrum of criminal activity engaged in by individuals from diverse segments of society. Students will study and analyze a variety of contemporary crimes such as hate crimes, gang-related crime, white-collar crimes, and cybercrime with particular emphasis placed on demographics, characteristics, costs, trends, and prevention and prosecutorial efforts associated with those crimes.

SOC 312 Juvenile Law and Procedures
A study of the Ohio Revised Code Titles 21 & 29, Rules of Juvenile and Constitutional provisions which affect the juvenile justice system. This course reviews and analyzes the codified aspects of the juvenile justice system. Study begins with the established of paternity and ends with reaching the age of eighteen, emancipation, marriage or certifying a juvenile to be treated as an adult under the Ohio Revised Code legally or in a criminal matter. Emphasis is on critical thinking and legal analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 313 Civil Rights Movement
Examines the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century United States representing the African American quest for greater equality. Analyzes the roots of the movement from the late 1800’s to the present with primary focus on events of the 1950’s through the early 1970’s. The application of the theories of social movements and the political and cultural consequences for current civil rights will be included.

SOC 324: Ethics and Criminal Justice
An examination of important ethical issues encountered by professionals in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and corrections personnel. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing and analyzing moral dilemmas confronting criminal justice professionals and determining responses to those complex and controversial dilemmas through an understanding of ethical theories, the development of ethical reasoning skills, and the application of appropriate standards and codes of conduct.

SOC 340 Correctional Assessment, Casework, and Counseling with Multicultural Offenders
To provide a course in correctional counseling and cultural competence with diverse offender populations that will contain methods, process, techniques, and skills for increased success in the rehabilitation process. This course provides students with therapeutic approaches as well as understanding of different cultures and counseling interventions specific to these. Interventions are studied related to communication aids that reduce culture clash with predominant belief systems, and explore usefulness of theory in forging a professional approach to the business of improving the correctional client’s behavior. Prerequisite: SOC 102

SOC 403 Dynamics of Marriage and Family
Explores marriage and the family from a psychosociological perspective including cultural and historical family forms, the impact of social change on the family, and families stratified by social class, ethnicity, race, and religion. Analyzes topics such as love, attraction, sexuality, relationship styles, stability of marriage and the family, divorce, remarriage, and reconstituted families. Prerequisites: SOC 101 or PSY 101

SOC 404 Deviant Behavior
Studies the process by which deviants are socially defined; critically examines deviance as a process of human interaction. Prerequisite: SOC 101

SOC 412 Human Sexuality in Social Context
Studies cross-cultural and historical view of sexuality from ancient times to the present focusing on agents of social change and the impact of Christian religious traditions. Examines modern social issues associated with sexuality including gender, AIDS, pornography, sexual orientation, contraceptive use and misuse, rape, incest, sexual functioning and dysfunction, adolescent sexual behavior, and the impact of changing sexual practices and attitudes on the family. Prerequisite: SOC 101

SOC 413: Practice Oriented Research
This course examines the basic principles and techniques of organizing and conducting social research. Qualitative and quantitative methodologies are presented. Ethical standards of scientific inquiry are emphasized as related to the impact of research on diverse and at-risk populations. Students are expected to gain knowledge in research as a method of evaluation of practice. Prerequisite: SWK 111, MTH 212: or permission of advisor

SOC 414 Understanding and Countering Terrorism
This course will examine the evolution of terrorism in the United States and other countries and will focus on types of terrorism, terrorism ideology, profiles of terrorists, tactics used by those who engage in terrorism and preventative and counter terrorist measures employed by governments and law enforcement agencies. Prerequisite: SOC 102 or Consent of Criminal Justice Program Director

SOC 420 Poverty and Justice Issues
Examines theories, definitions, and measurement of poverty and implications of recent research on the poor; considers social consequences and strategies to combat poverty. Prerequisite: SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 421 Population and Society
The course includes an in-depth study of social and demographic principles related to population change. The social and cultural consequences of changes in fertility, mortality, and migration will be examined along with historical and current national population issues, policies, and programs. Prerequisite: SOC 101

SOC 435 Internship: Sociology/Criminal Justice
The internship provides upper-division students with field experience related to their majors. The course is open only to junior- and senior-level sociology and criminal justice majors. Prerequisite: Junior or senior level standing, permission of program director, and completion of the waiver process

SOC 436 Sociology Capstone
Provide students with the opportunity to engage in a culminating experience in which they use critical thinking skills to analyze, integrate, and synthesize the knowledge gained in their major program of study. Student will apply that knowledge and critical thinking skills to the exploration of contemporary issues and discipline-related concerns/problems. Prerequisite: Completion of sociology major coursework or permission of department chairperson

SOC 437 Criminal Justice Capstone
Provide students with the opportunity to engage in a culminating experience in which they use critical thinking skills to analyze, integrate, and synthesize the knowledge gained in their major program of study. Student will apply that knowledge and critical thinking skills to the exploration of issues and concerns/problems of the profession. Prerequisite: Completion of criminal justice major coursework or permission of Criminal Justice Program Director. Prerequisite: Completion of criminal justice major coursework or permission of Criminal Justice Program Director

SOC 441 Violence and Intimate Relationships
Offers an exploration of the topic of violence in intimate relationships within a sociological perspective including spouse abuse, child abuse, various forms of sexual abuse, elder abuse, dating violence and rape. Introduces the multitude of theoretical approaches to intimate violence and examines the important predictors of intimate violence identified by research. Investigates how theory, research, and casual attributions are intertwined in the formation of public attitudes, criminal justice procedures, and public policy decisions.