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Sociology & Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

*Liberal Studies course
SOCI 100*Introduction to Criminal Justice — 3 Credit Hours
 This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system with an emphasis in the United States.  Components surveyed include the law, crime, policing, courts, corrections, adult and juveniles systems.
SOCI 101*Justice — 3 Credit Hours
 This course reviews the classical and contemporary theories of justice applying them to contemporary issues.  Particular attention will be given to resolving the dilemmas of legal vs. justice; individual vs. community; and justice vs. mercy.
SOCI 108*Cultural Anthropology — 3 Credit Hours
 Cultural Anthropology is the study of man’s adaptation to his natural and social environments.  The subfields of ethnology and archaeology will be emphasized with the major focus given to the developing areas of the world.  
SOCI 125Courtroom Survival Skills -- 1 Credit Hour
 Applications to help provide credible, comfortable, and effective testimony in court.  Expert testimony and mock courtroom experience are included in the content of this course.
SOCI 131*General Sociology — 3 Credit Hours
 This course will introduce the student to Sociology’s basic ideas, research, and insights.  The topics studied include the major theoretical approaches used in sociology, culture, socialization, stratification, social institutions, and social change.  Global culture is studied in comparison to American culture.
SOCI 140Criminal Justice Report Writing — 2 Credit Hours
 Applications for criminal justice professionals in the areas of report writing, note taking, reporting procedures, and ethical reporting.  Prerequisites: ENGL 120 and ENGL 121.
SOCI 180Introduction to Gangs — 3 Credit Hours
 Survey the history growth, characteristics and interventions of gangs.  Specific gangs and gang categories are profiled in the course.
SOCI 200*Global Demography — 3 Credit Hours
 This course offers a multidisciplinary view of the complex and contentious relationships between population, politics, environmental change, and economic development. This course is designed so students can use the concepts gleaned to better understand the world and their place in it.
SOCI 203*Criminal Law — 3 Credit Hours
 This course surveys the history, nature and definition of criminal acts, juvenile law violations, including consideration of the elements of crimes against the person, crimes against property, crimes against society, and the various sentencing modalities.
SOCI 205Criminal Procedures — 3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the principles relevant to statutory requirements for actions starting with crime detection and arrest through prosecution, sentencing, and appeal procedures.  Prerequisite:  SOCI 203.
SOCI 208Patrol Procedures — 3 Credit Hours
 Describes the nature and purpose of patrol activities for the law enforcement officer.  Includes routine and emergency procedures such as handling abnormal persons, traffic collision investigation, note-taking and report writing, vehicle operation, traffic direction, crowd control; and types of patrols.
SOCI 210Victimology — 3 Credit Hours
 Examination of the criminal justice process from the prospective of the victim.  Examination of effects, patterns and programs included.
SOCI 233Crime & Delinquency — 3 Credit Hours
 Crime and Delinquency surveys major types of crime, their etiology, nature, and extent.  The contributions of biology, psychology, psychiatry, and sociology to understanding crime will be examined.
SOCI 240*Social Inequality—3 Credit Hours
 This course examines the economic diversity found in the United States, with particular attention paid to the three key dimensions of inequality:  gender, race, and class.  The course studies the fundamental sources of inequality as well as the consequences that arise from life in different parts of the inequality structure.  Students will be expected to take a critical look at how inequality issues affect their lives, their families, and the community around them.
SOCI 250*Racial & Ethnic Minorities — 3 Credit Hours 
 This course studies cultural diversity in America.  Emphasis will be placed on both the history and present circumstances of all racial/ethnic groups, including white ethnics.  It is expected that each student will complete an exhaustive review of their own family history.
SOCI 286Special Topics - Lower Level — Variable Credit
 This course allows for the study of current topics in sociology and criminal justice best suitable for sophomore level students.  The faculty will seek student input in the development of the topics.
SOCI 290Independent Study — Variable Credit
 This course allows for the study of current topics in sociology and criminal justice.  The faculty will seek student input in the development of the topics.  Possible topics include special offender issues, police operations, urban sociology, social deviance, formal organizations, and social problems. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.
SOCI 303Criminal Investigation — 3 Credit Hours
 A study of the fundamentals of investigative techniques including crime scene searches, preservation of evidence, modus operandi of offenders, personal identification and presentation of evidence is presented.  Prerequisite:  SOCI 205.
SOCI 304Violence — 3 Credit Hours
 A foundational exploration of violence and the motivational purposes behind aggression.  Examination of key factors contributing to violent behaviors including the correlation and impact of the media, community and family on violence, resulting in ability to create specific strategies for minimizing the occurrence of violence in a variety of settings.
SOCI 305Correctional Procedures— 3 Credit Hours
 This course offers the opportunity for intensive study of philosophy, procedures and practice within the field of corrections.  Under different subtitles this course may be repeated for credit:  Institutions, Community-based, Juvenile Offenders.
SOCI 306Domestic Violence — 3 Credit Hours
 Explores the law, policy, history, and theory of domestic violence.  Studied will be such topics as the dynamics of abusive relationships; the history of the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence; physical, sexual (including marital rape), psychological (including stalking), and economic deprivation.  In addition, the course examines the causes and characteristics of abusers, their pattern of behavior and escalation signs as well as power and control techniques.
SOCI 320Criminal Justice Administration— 3 Credit Hours
 The study of the theory, concepts and structures of managing criminal justice agencies. Emphasis will be placed in planning, performance-based objectives, decision-making, organizational structures and control.
SOCI 331Methods of Research — 3 Credit Hours
 The course surveys the major research designs and their implementation.  Some field work will be required.  Typically, this course is for students with advanced standing.  Computer applications should be anticipated.
* One of the following three courses will be offered each fall.
SOCI400AStudies in World Criminal Justice: Terrorism — 3 Credit Hours
SOCI400BStudies in World Criminal Justice: Comparative Justice Systems— 3 Credit Hours
SOCI400CStudies in World Criminal Justice: Contemporary Law Enforcement Issues— 3 Credit Hours
 Each course is a comparative survey of world criminal justice systems/issues through the anthropological-historical, institutional-structural, political-legal, social-philosophical, and analytical approach. This course may be repeated for credit under world criminal justice systems or terrorism. No prerequisites are required but it is reserved for students of junior or senior status. Topics rotate each year.
SOCI 401Criminal Justice Capstone – 3 Credit Hours
 This is the capstone course for graduating Criminal Justice majors.  Major focus is upon an integration of knowledge developing a comprehensive, focused study of a modern criminal justice issue while applying solutions and predictions for future trends in criminal and social justice.  Completion of departmental assessments is a requirement of this course.
SOCI 404Sociological Theory — 3 Credit Hours
 This is an advanced course for Seniors which will attempt to integrate and make more coherent the theories, concepts and methodologies of classical and contemporary Sociology.
SOCI 460Internship — 1-10 Credit Hours
 The student is offered an intensive field experience in a community organization.  Placement will be based on the student’s career orientation.  Prerequisite: Departmental approval and satisfaction of entry criteria where applicable.
SOCI 485Special Upper Level Topics — Variable Credit
 This course allows for the study of current topics in sociology and criminal justice.  The faculty will seek student input in the development of the topics.  Possible topics include special offender issues, police operations, urban sociology, formal organizations, urban planning, demography.
SOCI 490Independent Study — Variable Credit
 This course allows for the study of current topics in sociology and criminal justice.  The faculty will seek student input in the development of the topics.  Possible topics include special offender issues, police operations. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description