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SOC 200: Principles of Sociology (3 cr.) — Introduces fundamentals of social life. Presents significant research and theory in areas such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions. Students who take SOC 200 cannot receive credit for either SOC 201 or SOC 202. Students who take either SOC 201 or SOC 202 cannot receive credit for SOC 200. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SOC 210: Survey of Physical and Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) — Examines physical characteristics and lifestyles of human ancestors and present populations. Explores cultures from around the world to study diverse adaptations made by humans. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SOC 211-212: Principles of Anthropology (3 cr.) — Inquires into the origins, development, and diversification of human biology and human cultures. Includes fossil records, physical origins of human development, human population genetics, linguistics, cultures’ origins and variation, and historical and contemporary analysis of human societies. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SOC 215: Sociology of the Family (3 cr.) — Studies topics such as marriage and the family in social and cultural context. Addresses the single scene, dating and marriage styles, child-rearing, husband and wife interaction, single-parent families, alternative life-styles. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SOC 225: Gender and Sex Roles (3 cr.) — Analyzes influence of major social institutions and socialization in shaping and changing sex roles in contemporary society. Examines differential access to positions of public power and authority for men and women. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SOC 245: Sociology of Aging (3 cr.) — Introduces study of aging with special emphasis on later stages of the life cycle. Includes theories of aging, historical and comparative settings, social policy, and future trends of aging. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SOC 246: Death and Society (3 cr.) — Analyzes death and its relationship to social behavior and societal institutions. Focuses attention on types of death, bereavement, funerals, estate planning/ inheritance, and the student’s own responses to these issues. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SOC 266: Minority Group Relations (3 cr.) — Investigates minorities such as racial and ethnic groups. Addresses social and economic conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, and segregation. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

SOC 268: Social Problems (3 cr.) — Applies sociological concepts and methods to analysis of current social problems. Includes delinquency and crime, mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual behavior, population crisis, race relations, family and community disorganization, poverty, automation, wars, and disarmament. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

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