Sociology
2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

A Sociology major provides students with a choice of a Social Work emphasis or a General emphasis. The major objectives are for students to: 1) use a sociological perspective in understanding the influence of culture and social structure on human behavior; 2) explore theories, research, and helping skills in sociology and social work; 3) prepare students for a variety of career settings. A final departmental exit exam is to be passed by all majors at a grade level of C or above before graduation.

Major in Sociology

Core courses required of all Sociology majors: 18 hours  
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology (F/S) 3
SOC 223 Marriage and the Family (F) 3
SOC 303 Research Methods WI (S-E) 3
SOC 393 Social Psychology WI (F) 3
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 3
   MAT 143 Statistics (F/S)  
   BUS 233 Business Statistics (F/S)  
Required collateral course: 3 hours  
CSC 113 Fundamentals of Computer Science or equivalent (F/S) 3

General Sociology Emphasis

Required major courses: 39 hours  
SOC core courses 18
SOC 423 Sociological Theory 3
Additional courses to be chosen from Sociology 18
(may include up to 9 hours from the following)  
   CJS 233 Juvenile Delinquency  
   CJS 353 Criminology  
   PSY 243 Alcohol and Drug Abuse  
   FCC 413 Human Development  

Social Work Emphasis

Required major courses: 39 hours  
SOC core courses 18
SOC 203 Social Work (F) 3
SOC 213 Social Problems (S) 3
Upper division courses in Social Work 9
SOC 48V (1-6) Internship (F/S) 3
Additional course to be chosen from Sociology or the following areas 3
   CJS 233 Juvenile Delinquency  
   CJS 353 Criminology  
   POL 213 Introduction to Public Administration  
   PSY 243 Alcohol and Drug Abuse  
   FCC 413 Human Development  
Required collateral courses: 6 hours  
PSY 103 Introduction to Psychology (F/S) 3
plus one other course in Psychology  
Recommended additional courses:  
SPA 133 or 143 Elementary Spanish I/Elementary Spanish Review  
SPA 153 Elementary Spanish II  
Courses in Family and Consumer Sciences, Psychology and Criminal Justice

Minor in Sociology

Required major courses: 21 hours  
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology (F/S) 3
SOC 223 Marriage and the Family (F) 3
SOC additional courses (9 hours must be 300-400 level) 15

Minor in Sociology-Gerontology

Required minor courses: 21 hours  
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology (F/S) 3
SOC 353 Gerontology (F-O) 3
SOC 373 Death and Dying (S-O) 3
SOC additional courses 12

COURSES IN SOCIOLOGY (SOC)

103 Introduction to Sociology An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. We will use the concepts of sociology to help us understand how our culture influences the way we see ourselves and other people. We will consider how our society is organized and structured, and the difference that makes in our relationships with others. This is particularly relevant to the cultural and social influence we have experienced related to our family and social class, gender, religion, racial and ethnic heritage. (F/S)

203 Social Work An exposure to the various subfields within the overall field of social work. This will include consideration of the different social services, current issues and problems that arise when working with people living in poverty and/or various dysfunctional circumstances of life. (F)

213 Social Problems Major social problems of contemporary society, their causes and effects (including political, economic) on individuals, groups and nations. Includes familial, population and environmental problems; sexual deviancy; drug abuse; crime; poverty; discriminatory life styles and practices; war and terrorism. (S)

223 Marriage and the Family Human relationships in general, as well as those dealing with marriage and family. Topics include sex roles, sexuality, communication, courtship, mate selection, marital adjustment, parenting, marital/family problems and enrichment. (F)

Prerequisite for all 300-400 level courses: 45 hours or permission.

303 Research Methods—Prerequisite: SOC 103 and MAT 143 or BUS 233. The various methods of understanding collecting and analyzing information on the social and behavioral sciences including interviews, surveys, experiments, observation techniques and sampling designs. Writing Intensive. (S–even)

323 Rural-Urban Life—Prerequisite: SOC 103. Rural and urban populations in terms of environmental, cultural and social processes. Particular emphasis is given to rural-urban similarities and contrasts, the strengths vs. demise of contemporary community, purpose and types of cities, metropolitan regions, intergroup relations, housing and communication. (S–odd)

333 Minority Groups—Prerequisite: SOC 103. Minority-majority relations and intergroup conflict. Emphasis on American minority groups (racial, ethnic, religious, cultural); the functions of prejudice and discrimination among persons, groups and institutions. (F–even)

353 Gerontology—Prerequisite: SOC 103. The scientific study of aging from a multidisciplinary perspective—biological, psychological and sociological. Emphasis is placed on the experience of aging and its problems within the context of various social institutions. (F–odd)

373 Death and Dying—Prerequisite: SOC 103. A multidisciplinary analysis of death and dying in American society and of the coping mechanisms of individuals and institutions. (S–odd)

383 Medical Social Work—Prerequisite: SOC 103 and SOC 203. A study of the U.S. medical delivery system in its various settings including hospitals,nursing homes and home health care. Particular attention is given to the role of social workers as they work with patients and their families in accessing and receiving medical care, and assist them with the social and cultural issues that may be related to that care. (S–even)

393 Social Psychology—Prerequisite: SOC 103 or PSY 103. Also called Interpersonal Relations: interpersonal behavior in the context of individual, group, cultural and environmental influences. Topics include personality formation, self concept, attitude change and social perception, attraction, group dynamics, conformity, communication, socialization, roles, aggression and prejudice. Writing Intensive. (F)

403 Counseling Techniques for Social Workers—Prerequisite: SOC 103 and SOC 203. Practical training and study of counseling theories and techniques commonly used in the field of social work. This class will enable the student to learn effective ways to better understand the needs of clients and how to communicate to the client the various options for help that are available to them. (F-even)

413 Social Work with Groups—Prerequisite: SOC 203. This class will focus on working with groups that help to meet the special needs of people in such areas as substance abuse and addictions, dysfunctional families, physical disabilities, grief therapy, and issues related to youth and aging. It will consider how social workers help/enable such groups in regard to their formation, structure, leadership, therapeutic factors and life-cycle stages. (F-odd)

423 Sociological Theory—Prerequisite: 12 hours in Sociology including 103. A study of the development of sociological thought and theory as illustrated by the writings of leading social scientists. This course is designed primarily for students majoring in sociology.

433 Social Work With Families—Prerequisite: SOC 103 and SOC 203. The focus of this class will be to study the pivotal social role that families have in our society. The social relationship between dysfunctional individuals and their families of origin will be examined with emphasis being given to the role of the social worker in helping families cope with the stress and multiple problems that often emerge. (S-odd)

443 Social Work With the Aged—Prerequisite: SOC 103 and SOC 203. Working with the elderly at individual, group and community levels. Includes policy analysis and resource management. (S–odd)

453 Social Work with Youth—Prerequisite: SOC 103 and SOC 203. The goal of this class will be to give specialized study to the personal and social issues faced by youth in today’s society. Emphasis will be given on how social workers are involved in providing help to troubled youth who came from dysfunctional and abusive families. Consideration will be given as to how these services can be provided on an “in-home basis” or when foster home or institutional care is required. (S-even)

48V (1-6) Internship—Prerequisite: permission. Practical, supervised experience within a public or private agency (limit of 3 credit hours with any given agency). One credit hour requires 40 agency hours. No more than 3 credit hours may count toward the minor. (F/S)

49V (1-3) Special Problems—Prerequisite: permission. Independent or semi-independent study/research with the guidance of a faculty member. May be taken more than once. (F/S)

 

2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog