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SY 221 Introduction to Sociology (3).
Basic concepts, principles, and methods of sociological analysis are examined. Subject areas include culture, socialization, groups, communities, institutions, social inequality, and social change.

SY 222 Honors Introduction to Sociology (3).

Basic concepts, principles, and methods of sociological analysis are examined. Writing intensive, the primary goal is to teach students how to critically evaluate the world around them and their place in it using the sociological imagination.


SY 223 Social Problems (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
American culture and society, including analytical treatment of problems of crime, urban living, mass media, mental illness, education, race, population, civil liberties, and others.


SY 301 Sociological Methods (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
An introduction to the theory, design, collection, and analysis of data in Sociology with particular focus given to various techniques by which Sociological data are collected.


SY 303 Computers and Data Analysis (3).

Prerequisite 301, 304, MS 204, or CS 100.
Computers are used in the analysis of survey data. Commonly used software packages such as SPSS are employed.


SY 304 Social Statistics (3).

Prerequisite: MS 108 or above.
An introduction to the use of statistics in the social sciences, with an examination of measures of association and dispersion, scaling, probability, and tests of significance.


SY 308 American Society and Culture (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.

A Sociological Analysis of American society and culture, this course exams the basic institutions in American society such as family, education, religion, politics, and economy. It analyzes the roll of organizations in society. It discusses the origin of American culture and the nature of popular culture (spring only).


SY 309 Sociology of Disability (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
This course addresses the human response to and facilitation of the concept of disability. It is not a course which addresses the etiology of specific disabilities. The emphasis will be to connect the relationship among theory, epistemology, power relationships, and the social construction of disability.


SY 310 Marriage and the Family (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.

Family structures; functions and dysfunctions of the family; intimate relationships; sexual behaviors and attitudes; the differences between the sexes; dating, courting, and mate selection; endogamy and exogamy; family life; children; and alternatives to traditional marriage.


SY 313 Social Psychology (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.

A survey of traditional and contemporary theories in Social Psychology regarding their applicability to everyday life, including such approaches as cognitive theory, reinforcement theory, symbolic interaction, and humanistic theories.


SY 315 Deviant Behavior (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.

Introduction to the social and cultural factors related to human deviance. Special attention is given to the study of various theories of deviant behavior.


SY 320 Criminology (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.

This course is an introduction to the study of Criminology. Its focus is on the nature of crime, the nature and development of law, the criminal justice system, and theories of crime.


SY 322 Juvenile Delinquency (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
Popular misconceptions; delinquency trends; police and juveniles; programs of prevention; detention centers; juvenile courts, probation; theories of causation; corrections.


SY 324 Social Stratification (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
Causes, characteristics, and consequences of inequality are examined. Differences in wealth, power, and prestige are considered in the community, society, and between societies.


SY 325 Sociology of Organizations (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
Simple and complex organizations are examined regarding their structures, functions, conflicts, and changes. Major theories are presented along with empirical studies or organizational behavior.


SY 326 Sociology of Education (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
The school is examined as a major social institution and socializing agent in American society. The formal and informal structure of the school, its influence upon the responses to the wider community institutions, and primary functions of the school system are examined. Teacher-student relationships, the classroom as a social system, and equality of educational opportunity will be considered.

SY 340 Perspectives on Death and Dying (3).
Prerequisite 221 or 222.
An examination of the attitudes of differing cultures and subcultures toward death, which encourages students to supplement relevant readings by discussing personal attitudes toward death and dying. Current research in this topic will be explored by lectures, films, and readings. By better understanding death and dying, students can explore in this course opportunities for growth and for improving the quality of life.


SY 350 Sociology of Disasters (3).
Prerequisite 221 or 222.
This course applies a sociological perspective to trace the study of disasters, emphasizing how social inequalities constitute varying degrees of risk and destruction throughout the pre-impact, and post-disaster stages. This course examines social structure and social processes as they interact with disaster conditions.

SY 360 Ethnic and Minority Group Relations (3).
Prerequisite 221 or 222.

This course focuses on relations between majorities and minorities, the conditions of minority life, and the structural cultural, and interpersonal barriers that affect minorities.


SY 364 Medicine and Society (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
The relationship of disease to society including the analysis of the leading causes of death in various cultures. Also included is the epidemiology of nursing, nutrition, medical systems, ethnopharmacology, transcultural psychiatry, population and family planning, and longevity.


SY 365 Drugs and Society (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
This course presents a sociological framework for studying the ways in which societies both encourage and restrict the use of psychoactive drugs. The course will investigate the ways we think about alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs and illegal drugs.


SY 366 Sociology of Religion (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
The study of religion in its social and cultural contexts. Comparatively examines how religious beliefs, rituals, and practices exist in close relation to other aspects of society and culture, giving to human existence coherence and purpose.

SY 367 Sociology of Sexualities (3).
Prerequisite 221 or 222.
A study of how sexuality is perceived, defined, and experienced in the context of society. Topics include social norms, attitudes and beliefs about sexuality, public and private policies, as well as practices surrounding sexuality, and how sexuality is related to social institutions.


SY 368 Theories of Gender (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.
The course will examine gender theories about why women and men are unequal. It will also explore gender politics, the activities and strategies for remedying gender inequality. The course builds on and makes links to SY 324 (Social Stratification), SY 360 (Ethnic and Minority Group Relations), and SY 427 (Sociological Theory).


SY 370 Aging and Human Development (3).

Prerequisite 221 or 222.

An examination of aging in the United States. Primarily a Sociological perspective but deals with biological and psychological aspects of aging, as well as contemporary demographic, economic, and political trends.


SY 399 Study Tour (3).
Topics, excursions, and requirements determined by department. May be duplicated for credit; however, only three (3) credits may be applied toward any major or minor. Infrequently scheduled and subject to minimum and maximum numbers. Advance deposit required.


SY 427 Classical Social Theory (3).

Prerequisite 221, 222, plus 12 additional hours of Sociology courses, or permission of the instructor.

An examination of the major trends in social thought up to WWII. It is recommended that both SY 427 and SY 428 be taken for those interested in attending graduate school in sociology.

SY 428 Contemporary Social Theory (3).
Prerequisite 221, 222, plus 12 additional hours of Sociology courses, or permission of the instructor.
An examination of the major trends in social thought after WWII. It is recommended that both SY 427 and SY 428 be taken for those interested in attending graduate school in sociology.


SY 441, 442, 443. Independent Study (3).

Prerequisite: Students seeking admission must have advanced standing and secure approval of instructor, Sociology Program Coordinator, and Department Chair.
An opportunity for the student with advanced standing to explore areas of special interest.


SY 452 Aging Practicum (3).

Prerequisite SY 370.
Field observation and experiences in agencies or organizations engaged in planning or administering programs for older people or providing direct services to older people. Seminar analysis of these experiences.


SY 460 Sociology Internship (3).

Prerequisite: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and a minimum completion of 12 hours of sociology course work at Jacksonville State University.
This course provides students the opportunity to gain work/career experience in service/learning or business/corporate settings. Instructor approval required.


SY 480, 481, 482. Advanced Seminar in Sociology (3).
Prerequisite 221 or 222.
An examination of current issues in Sociology. The content of the course will vary each semester. Students seeking admission must have advanced standing and secure approval of instructor.


SY 495 Advanced Seminar in Aging (3).

Prerequisite SY 370.
An examination of current issues in aging. Students seeking admission must have advanced standing and secure the approval of the instructor.


SY 499 Senior Sociology Seminar (3)
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Prerequisites: SY 301, 427; MS 204, or permission of the instructor
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A summary and reintegration of fundamental concepts in Sociology. Career paths are also discussed.