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Course Descriptions

Teaching Major in Social Studies, 57-66 hours


(See Teaching Major in College of Sciences and Humanities, for total requirements for this area.)

SOC 100 - Principles of Sociology.

An introduction to sociology. Gives an understanding of theories and research on social structures, processes, and problems.

SOC 235 - Sociology of Women.

Analysis of women's roles, in basic institutions of society.

SOC 241 - Deviance.

Overview of theory and research on deviance.

SOC 242 - Social Problems.

Discussion and analysis of current social problems within American society. Examines political, economic, and social dimensions of problems, their causes, and possible solutions.

SOC 260 - Society and the Individual.

Analysis of the interaction between people and their social environment. Examines the effects of groups and society on individuals. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

SOC 320 - Social Inequality.

Examines causes and consequences of social class, status, and mobility in the United States and other countries. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

SOC 328 - Globalization and the Third World.

Examines the process of globalization especially as it occurs in the Third World. Social problems affecting the Third World, social change models, and ideologies are also discussed.  

SOC 421 - Racial and Cultural Minorities in the United States.

Examines the causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination toward minority groups in America. Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

SOC 424 - Family.

Advanced topics in the sociology of the family. Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

SOC 427 - Sociology of Religions.

An analysis of religion as a social institution. Special consideration of religious conversion, religious conflict, fundamentalism, secularization, the formation of sects and cults, and the relationship of religion and gender, race, and politics. Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

SOC 470 - Population and Society.

Contemporary demographic patterns and their implications for the future. Addresses the composition, distribution, and growth of human populations. Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

Each student must satisfactory compile artifacts from sociology courses for the Social Science Teacher Education Portfolio in accordance with Department Standards.

Department of Sociology
North Quad Room 222
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5977