Behavioral Sciences - Sociology / Social Work, B.S.
Curriculum

Discovery Core

Foundations Credits:
FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: WRIT 100 or Writing Placement Exam

A course introducing students to the fundamentals of college composition. Topics include writing process, rhetorical strategies, basics of critical reading and thinking, analytical writing, and argumentative writing. This course serves as a foundation to prepare students to succeed in other academic writing contexts. Coursework includes a computer lab component.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCWR 151 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: FCWR 101 or WRIT 101

Further development of the academic writing, critical thinking, and analytical reading skills taught in Writing I. An introduction to academic discourse in the four core seminar areas: literature, social sciences, behavioral sciences, and philosophy. Development of library skills leading to a documented research paper.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCSP 105 Foundations of Speech Communication 3
Study of the fundamentals of verbal communication including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group interaction. Training in methods of obtaining and organizing materials and ideas for effective verbal communication.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCSC 101 Foundations of Scientific Process 3
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the big ideas of different scientific disciplines, and is grounded in the scientific process. The course focuses on interdisciplinary aspects, the scientific process, and it is writing intensive, interactive and relevant.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCIQ 101 Foundations of Inquiry 3
This course introduces you to the fundamentals of critical thinking. Topics include an overview of the research methods in various academic disciplines, reasoning, constructing an argument, and evaluating information. This course serves as a foundation for your continued development of critical thinking skills in other core classes, your major program coursework, and your personal and professional life.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCWR 3XX Professional Communication choice 3
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    Total: 18 Credits
 
Seminars Credits:
ICLT 3XX Literature choice 3
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ICPH 3XX Philosophy choice 3
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ICBS 3XX Behavioral Science choice 3
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ICSS 3XX Social Science choice 3
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    Total: 12 Credits
 
Math and Science Credits:
Mathematics choice 3
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Science choice 3
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    Total: 6 Credits
 

Major Requirements

Behavioral Sciences Core Credits:
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
An introduction to selected concepts, methods, and vocabulary of psychology. Focus of study will be on the individual and the conditions that influence behavior. Topics that will be covered include: growth and development, learning and thinking, emotions and motivations, personality and assessment, mal-adjustment and mental health, groups and social interaction, and social influence and society.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 205 Theories of Personality 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

A survey of the major theoretical approaches to understanding the development, structure, and dynamics of personality.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 210 Statistical Analysis 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: MATH 115 or MATH 125 or MATH 140 or MATH 141 or MATH 160 or MATH 161 or MATH 170 or MATH 180 or TMAT 135 or TMAT 155

This course covers descriptive and inferential statistics, frequency distributions, percentile rank, measure of central tendency and variability, correlation and regression and tests of significance. Using computer software, students will directly apply these statistics to specific problems common to the behavioral sciences.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 4-0-4
PSYC 310 Abnormal Psychology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

A study of mental health and abnormal behavior. The topics covered include: definitions of mental health and mental illness; problems of adjustment; the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. Case studies supplement and illustrate the theoretical parts of the course material.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 370 Introductory Research Methods 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 210

This course stresses the classical approach to experimental research on human behavior. Students conduct and report on experiments in the fields of psychophysics, psychomotor learning, memory, and perception. These laboratory experiments permit the student to apply knowledge gained in former courses about measurements, statistical inference, and the design of experiments.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 4-0-4
PSYC 410 Physiological Basis of Behavior 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101

A basic course to familiarize students with the bodily processes involved in various aspects of human behavior. Physiological psychology studies the biological basis of psychological functions such as sleeping, emotions, motivations, perceptions, learning, memory, and problem solving. The two major biological systems most relevant to psychology are the nervous system and the glandular system.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
An analysis of the social and cultural forces that govern human behavior. The principal topics include: social interaction and organization, socialization processes, primary groups and the family (associations, bureaucracy, and other social institutions), collective behavior, population, and ecology.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 23 Credits
 
Social Work/Sociology Requirement Credits:
PSYC 495 Field Placement 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Complete 24 credits from subjects PSYC or SOCI

Workshop is designed to broaden the educational experience of students through appropriate applied and experiential learning coupled with academic instruction. Workshop focus will vary from semester to semester, covering such areas as interpersonal communication, group dynamics, and biofeedback. Students may re-enroll up to a maximum of 12 credits, but are not permitted to repeat workshops on the same topic.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-6-4
    Total: 4 Credits
 
Social Work/Sociology (select any six courses from the following) Credits:
ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology 3
An introduction to the study of ancient man and primitive cultures. Major topics include: the origin and evolution of man; the evolution of different cultural forms in terms of craft and technology, magic, religion, and government.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
PSYC 330 Communication and Interviewing Techniques 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and SOCI 101

The examination of communication from various standpoints, as illustrated by different types of interviews. Interviewing techniques employed for personnel selection are compared with those used in interrogation and those used for the therapeutic purposes. Practice in interviewing.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 150 American Urban Minorities 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: SOCI 101

An in-depth analysis of the diverse ethnic structure of the urban community. Major attention is given to black, Puerto Rican, and Mexican groups. Topics include: a survey of each group's social and economic structure, an examination of ghetto conditions and their effects, the impact of urban conditions on the new arrival, a comparison with the adaptation and treatment accorded earlier migrants, the validity of the melting pot concept, and a comparison of the life styles of various minority groups.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 175 Social Problems 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CRIM 101 and SOCI 101

A sociological analysis of social problems in American society. All social problems will be viewed from a structural perspective, i.e., the root cause of a social problem lies in the institutional arrangements of a given society. Various institutional arrangements of American society that give rise to social problems will be evaluated in terms of value-conflicts, power structures, and economic institutions. Major topics include: inequality, poverty, environmental destruction, ageism, educational institutions, social deviance, unemployment, problems of the city.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 273 Juvenile Delinquency 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CRIM 101 and SOCI 101

An inquiry into the causes of juvenile delinquency and the social and psychological factors involved in the predictive studies and theories concerning the development of delinquency. Topics also include formation of youth gangs, methods of coping the gang activity, the types of crime committed by children and youths, narcotics problems, neglected and retarded children, the youthful offender and wayward minor, the operation of the Children's Court, crime prevention programs.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 278 Criminology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CRIM 101 and SOCI 101

An examination of crime and theories of crime causation. Topics include: the white collar criminal, the professional criminal, and the structure of organized crime. The criminal-justice process is analyzed, including the role of the police, the criminal courts, the probation officer, correctional services, and the re-entry of the offender into society.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 301 Marriage and the Family 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: SOCI 101

The course covers historical changes in family patterns, contemporary family life in different cultures and subcultures, evolution of the American family pattern, functions of the family, the family as primary group, kinship patterns, and nuclear and extended families. Other topics include: dating, mate selection, family disorganization, and marital success.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 376 Medical Sociology 3
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SOCI 410 Introduction to Social Work 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and SOCI 101

A survey of the various approaches and orientations to the general field of social work. Consideration is given to case work, group work, and community organization as well as to the interrelationship of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, with the social work profession, (with accompanying field placements).

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
SOCI 460 Social Work II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: PSYC 101, SOCI 101, and SOCI 410

This is the second social work course open to students who have completed SOCI 410. It is designed to meet the dual purpose of providing students with a framework for assessing and understanding the range of policy issues posed in the current organization, financing, and delivery of social services in the United States, and for evaluating proposals being made in the arenas of public policy for more comprehensive systems of social service. Emerging models of social service delivery systems will be reviewed.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 18 Credits
 
Additional Requirements Credits:
MIST 101 Intro to Computer Applications 3
This course provides an introduction to computer applications information systems. Topics include hardware and software, networks, the Internet, information systems and productivity tools used in business including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation programs. Other applications may be discussed depending on the background of the students while projects requiring database and spreadsheet applications may be required. This course may not be taken for credit by business majors.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-1-3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
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    Total: 6 Credits
 
Electives Credits:
Consult with advisor on any Electives 36
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Total Required Credits = 123