Sociology (SOC)

SOC 110. Introduction to Sociology

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
Sociology is the study of the development and maintenance of human society and the process and products of culture. This course provides a basic foundation of vocabulary, concepts and theories that will enable students to investigate, evaluate and understand the social world in which we live.

SOC 115. Social Problems

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Utilizing a critical thought approach, this course identifies those social conditions that are recognized as problematic to society. Students will analyze and evaluate the factors that create, maintain or change social problems in our society.

SOC 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

SOC 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

SOC 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

SOC 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

SOC 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 3.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

SOC 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

SOC 220. Family

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
The institution of family will be analyzed utilizing a sociological perspective. The focus will be on courtship, marriage, family, communication and child rearing.

SOC 221. Minority Relations

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
A study of the relations between advantaged and disadvantaged groups in American society. The experience and present status of racial and ethnic groups are examined.

SOC 225. Death and Dying

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course takes an intellectual view of the process of dying, bereavement and grief. Issues to be adressed include the differences in age groups when dealing with either their own death or the death of a loved one; various end-of-life issues such as assisted suicide, living wills and organ donation; and the various theories associated with death and dying.

SOC 235. Cultural Diversity

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course is an introductory survey of the racial, ethnic and cultural mosaic of American society. Basic theories of intragroup and intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination are covered.

SOC 251. Gerontology

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of the processes of aging and the experience of growing old. This includes the sociological, psychological and biological aspects of aging.

SOC 252. Criminology

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
A study of theories from religious, political, psychological, biological and sociological perspectives that attempt to explain crime, criminals, and criminal behavior.

SOC 253. Juvenile Delinquency

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
A critical evaluation of the role of the family, school, community officials, social agencies, and community programs and institutions in delinquency prevention and control.

SOC 275. American Indian Studies

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
Students will become familiar with United States Federal Indian policy history, the concepts of tribal sovereignty, as well as the cultures, histories and traditions, of American Indian Tribes in North Dakota and surrounding areas. This course is designed to meet requirements of the Education Standards and Practices Board has established for teacher education programs in North Dakota, that teachers in North Dakota schools possess an understanding of the histories and cultures of native people in North Dakota.

SOC 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

SOC 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

SOC 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

SOC 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 3.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

SOC 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.