Houston Baptist University Catalog

Sociology (SOCI) Course Descriptions


SOCI 1313 Principles of Sociology
A study of the nature of social relations, social institutions, and social processes, and of the products of these relationships. The nature of culture, communications, socialization, mobility, social control and other sociological concepts are considered. It is strongly recommended that this course be taken prior to all other sociology courses.

SOCI 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Prerequisites: MATH 1305, 1313 or equivalent.
The course provides an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, correlation, probability, and regression-with applications in behavioral sciences. (Offered also as PSYC 2301.)

SOCI 3320 Social Change
Prerequisites: SOCI 1313; WRIT 2306 or 3304
This course critically examines the most contemporary social issues related to the practice of medicine, educational reform, and social structures such as mass media, religion, and the political process within a framework of historical change. This course is designed to develop an awareness, appreciation and critical evaluation of cultural transformations influencing the social world.

SOCI 3323 History of Sociological Thought
A study of the development of social thought, including a critical analysis of theories of leading social thinkers.

SOCI 3327 Criminology
Prerequisites: WRIT 2306 or 3304
This course critically examines contemporary social issues related to social norms, norm violations, and social sanctions. Specifically the content of the course will address crime and violence, juvenile delinquency, and the criminal justice system.

SOCI 3374 Urban Sociology
Prerequisites: None
A social systems approach to the analysis of the emerging problems of urban-suburban areas, with special consideration of the development of alternative solutions for these problems and strategies of intervention.

SOCI 3393 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence
Prerequisite: WRIT 2306 or 3304
Analysis of social class, ethnic influences and sex-role soicalization on childhood and adolescence; the socializing agents in these age groups will be examined.

SOCI 4181 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 30 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and demand. Permission of department required.

SOCI 4281 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 30 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and demand. Permission of department required.

SOCI 4332 Social Psychology
Prerequisites: SOCI 1313
Contemporary approaches to social behavior are considered. Language development, cultural influences, prejudice, persuasion, conformity, and attraction are some of the topics addressed. (Offered also as PSYC 4332 and PSYC 5332.)

SOCI 4373 The American Family
Prerequisite: None
An in-depth examination of current research related to the family as a dynamic component of American culture. Recent trends reflected in research data will be carefully examined within the context of sociological theory. Selected concepts and theories of the institutions of marriage and the family and factors and forces of society which impact on self-understanding, relationships, human development, life cycles, mate selection, alternative life styles, feminine and masculine roles, marital adjustments, parenting, and family crises will be addressed.

SOCI 4381 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 30 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and demand. Permission of department required.