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Course Descriptions: Sociology (CF)

SOCIOLOGY

Special topics courses will be available as need

and interest develop. Consult the semester

course schedule for these.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology

(3,0) 3

An introduction to the basic concepts of

sociology. Explanation of human behavior which

emphasizes human groups, institutions, social

change and social forces.

SO102 Social Problems

(4,0) 4

An introductory course providing data and

theory for a variety of contemporary social

problems such as poverty, unemployment,

teenage pregnancy, inequality, housing

shortages, violence and pollution.

SO103 Cultural Diversity

(3,0) 3

This course introduces the student to racial,

ethnic, gender and social class variation within

the United States and the global community to

enable the student to better understand, live

with, and appreciate diversity.

SO113 Sociology of the American

Family

(3,0) 3

A study of the development and change of the

American family since 1890. This study will

explore the impact of urbanization, industrialization,

increased mobility, extended education and

the changing status of women on the American

family.

SO202 Social Research Methods

(3,0) 3

Introduction to basic methods of social research.

(Also listed as SW202.)

SO213 Introduction to Anthropology

(3,0) 3

A study of the evolution of humankind and the

evolution and development of culture and

society. Prerequisite: One introductory sociology

course.

SO214 Criminology

(3,0) 3

A study of the nature and causes of crime and

the results of various attempts to reduce crime.

SO225 Native Cultures of North

America

(3,0) 3

A study of the Native American Indian and Inuit

cultures of North America from earliest times to

the present with emphasis on contrasting

patterns of cultures. Also listed as NA225.

SO226 Races and Minorities

(3,0) 3

Study of various social and ethnic minorities in

the United States with an emphasis on Black/

White relations. Competition, conflict and

prejudice as they influence social and ethnic

minority group relations. Social movements and

their effects on majority, minority relations.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

SO227 Population and Ecology

(3,0) 3

Study of the basic issue of the world’s population

increase and distribution in relation to natural

resources, standards of living, political systems,

changes in physical and cultural environments.

SO238 Social Psychology

(3,2) 4

This course examines the social nature of

humans, exploring both the influence of social

structures upon behavior and the process by

which people create social structures; explains

symbolic interactionist theory; and introduces

qualitative research methods which are applied

in a field study conducted by the student.

Prerequisite: SO101.

SO242 Sociology of Sex

(3,0) 3

Socio-psychological study of the impact of

human sexuality upon human behavior.

SO299 Inuit Art and Culture

(3,0) 3

An examination of Inuit art and culture in the

prehistoric, historic and contemporary periods.

SO302 Statistics for Social Science

(4,0) 4

The social foundation of statistical inference is

discussed and elementary statistical concepts

are introduced through numerical problems: Z

scores, t-test, chi square, correlation, ANOVA,

etc. Prerequisite: MA086 or equivalent/

satisfactory score on ACT or Placement Exam.

SO303 Contemporary Sociological

Theory

(3,0) 3

Comparison and assessment of the models and

concepts used today by sociologists to explain

human behavior. Prerequisite: SO101, SO304.

SO304 Development of Sociological

Theory

(3,0) 3

A critical analysis of the contributions to

sociological theory by Comte, Spencer, Marx,

Durkheim, Pareto, Weber and others.

SO308 The Failure of Liberalism

(3,0) 3

A study of the impact of liberalism on issues

such as education, poverty and crime. The

course will focus on the United States.

SO313 Work and Organization

(3,0) 3

Development and structure of the workplace;

includes contemporary trends in formal

organization and management styles, changing

career patterns, sources of conflict and some

cross-cultural comparisons. Prerequisite: Junior

standing or three hours of sociology.

SO314 Social Change

(3,0) 3

Study of trends in industrial societies, theories

explaining these changes, and the role of social

movements in social change; focusing primarily

on industrialized societies with some discussion

of developing countries. Prerequisite: Junior

standing or three hours of sociology.

SO321 Sociology of Women

(3,0) 3

This analysis of the roles and status of women in

contemporary American society covers social

structure, social psychology and social

movements; also includes some cross-cultural

comparisons.

SO325 Social Stratification

(3,0) 3

Class, caste, status, power, general concept of

stratification and consequences of stratification

will be related to social institutions.

SO326 The Sociology of Aging and

the Aged

(3,0) 3

Examines aging and the aged in American

society from the sociological perspective.

SO327 The Sociology of Dying and

Death

(3,0) 3

Sociological examination of dying and death.

SO338 Deviance

(3,0) 3

Analysis of causes and consequences of

deviance and development of deviant subcultures;

examination of various societal responses

to control deviance and their effectiveness.

Included are alcoholism, crime, mental illness

and homosexuality among others. Prerequisite:

Junior standing or three hours of sociology and/

or human services. Also listed as SW338.

SO339 Culture and Personality

(3,0) 3

Analysis of the role of culture in shaping

personality using both contemporary industrial

society and also cross-culture material.

Prerequisite: Three hours of sociology or junior

standing.

SO341 Addiction

(3,0) 3

Study of the nature of chemical dependence with

emphasis on individual, social and cultural

variations of drug effects. Relationship of

chemical use to the family system. Comparisons

between chemical and non-chemical dependent

behaviors. Prerequisite: Six hours of sociology.

Also listed as SW341.

SO344 Social Welfare Systems

(3,0) 3

Development of social welfare systems including

changing programs and philosophy and

interrelationships with economic, political and

family institutions; cross-cultural comparisons;

current issues and problems in social welfare.

Prerequisites: Junior standing or three credits in

sociology. Also listed as SW344.

SO401 Sociological Research I

(3,0) 3

Working under the guidance of a sociology

faculty member, the student develops and

conducts a sociological research project,

analyzes the data, prepares a written report in

journal format and gives a formal presentation of

the results. Prerequisites: SO202 and SO303.

SO402 Sociological Research II

(3,0) 3

In the course, students completing a more

extensive research project will complete and

present the project which they initiated in SO401.

Prerequisites: SO401.

SO405 Seminar: Current Sociological

Issues

(3,0) 3

Contemporary issues in sociology, to vary from

year to year. Extensive reading, writing, and

discussion expected. Prerequisites: Junior

standing and 12 hours in sociology. This course

may be repeated when content varies.

SO490 Independent Research Topics

in Sociology

(1-4) 1-4

This may take the form of either a research

project or a program of directed reading on a

specific topic. One to four credits over a period

of one or two semesters may be granted

according to the nature of the student’s project.

May be repeated to a total of six credits.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

 

 
TEACHER EDUCATION
Special topics courses will be available as need and interest develop. Consult the semester
course schedule for these.
 
TE150 Reflections on Learning and Teaching (3,0) 3
Students will examine their experiences and assumptions about schooling in order to understand the multiple roles of teachers, characteristics of effective teaching practice, and the roles of school in society. Human development (physical, emotional and cognitive) is studied in terms of teaching and learning. Fieldwork required.
 
TE250 Student Diversity and Schools (3,0) 3
This is a study of the forms of diversity found among students and how these differences affect students’ participation in school. History and philosophy of American schools are also studied as are the legal responsibilities and rights of
teachers and schools. Students study cooperative learning, questioning techniques, make school visits and plan and teach a short, engaging lesson. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and TE150 or concurrent enrollment in TE150.
 
TE301 Learning Theory and Teaching Practice (4,0) 4
A study of contemporary theories of human learning: how they are generated, researched and applied in teaching practices. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to teaching
and learning and the decisions which teachers make in applying theory to diverse classroom situations. Includes extensive classroom observations in K-12 schools. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: TE150, TE250 and
admission to teacher education program.
 
TE330 Reading in the Elementary Classroom (3,0) 3
Study of reading as a process of constructing meaning through dynamic, interaction among reader, the text, and the context of the reading situation. Includes objectives, content, materials, organization and methods of teaching
reading in the elementary school Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250 and admission to the teacher education program. Pre- or corequisite TE301.
 
TE410 Corrective Reading in the Classroom (3,0) 3
Study of classroom methods for the diagnosis of students’ reading strengths and weaknesses. Planning and implementing corrective and remedial interventions based on diagnosis. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150,
TE250, TE301, TE330 and admission to the teacher education program.
 
TE411 Elementary Language Arts and Methods Across the Curriculum (3,0) 3
A study of general strategies and methodologies to facilitate effective learning including the use of language arts as a vehicle for integrated curriculum. Classroom management and organization for productive learning communities
are also studied. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301, TE330 and admission to teacher education program.
 
TE420 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers (2,0) 2
A study of strategies and methodologies to facilitate effective mathematics instruction. Students learn to plan and present mathematics lessons and units using contemporary methods. Students use national and state standards and
bench marks in planning instruction and assessment. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and admission to teacher education program.
 
TE421 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers (2,0) 2
A study of strategies and methodologies to facilitate effective science instruction. Students learn to plan and present science lessons and units using contemporary methods. Students use national and state standards and benchmarks
in planning instruction and assessment. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and admission to the teacher education program.
 
TE422 Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers (2,0) 2
A study of strategies and methodologies to facilitate effective social studies instruction. Students learn to plan and present social studies lessons and units using contemporary methods. Students use national and state standards and benchmarks in planning instruction and assessment. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and admission to the teacher education program.
 
TE430 General Methods for Secondary Teachers (3,0) 3
A study of strategies and methodologies to facilitate learning at the secondary level including classroom management and organization for productive learning communities. The multiple roles of the teacher in the secondary classroom
are examined including participant, colleague, researcher, reflective practitioner, accountable professional, counselor and mentor. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and
admission to the teacher education program.
 
TE431 The Secondary Learner (3,0) 3
A study of the dilemmas of adolescents as they affect students in secondary schools. The course focuses on the special needs and sensitivities of adolescents and implications for instruction and classroom management.
Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and admission to the teacher education program.
 
TE440 Reading in the Content Area (3,0) 3
A study of reading methods appropriate to use secondary classrooms. Includes formal and informal assessment procedures for determining students’ abilities and the accompanying strategies to enhance content area comprehension and concept development. Students use national and state standards and benchmarks in
planning instruction and assessment. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and admission to the teacher education program.
 
TE441 Language Arts Methods for Secondary Teachers (3,0) 3
Curriculum, objectives, content, materials, organization, methods and assessment of core subject matter to diverse learners. Includes integrated technology, laboratory and field experiences. Students use national and state
standards and benchmarks in planning instruction and assessment. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: TE150, TE250, TE301 and admission to the teacher education program.
 
TE442 Math Methods for Secondary Teachers (3,0) 3
Curriculum, objectives, content, materials, organization, methods and assessment of teaching mathematics to diverse secondary learners. Students use national and state standards and benchmarks in planning instruction and assessment. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required.
 
TE443 Science Methods for Secondary Teachers (3,0) 3
Curriculum, objectives, content, materials, organization, methods and assessment of teaching science to diverse learners. Students use national and state standards and benchmarks in planning instruction and assessment.
Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and admission to teacher education program.
 
TE444 Social Studies Methods for Secondary Teachers (3,0) 3
Curriculum, objectives, content, materials, organization, methods and assessment of teaching social studies to diverse secondary learners. Students use national and state standards and benchmarks in planning instruction and assessment. Integrated technology component. Fieldwork required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and
admission to teacher education program.
 
TE445 Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary Classroom (3,0) 3
Techniques, materials and models for computer science teachers. Classroom and instructional management. Hardware and software evaluation and selection. Computer programming, including a team software development project. Web pages as an educational resource. Legal, ethical, social, economic and personal issues. Prerequisites: CS101 or CS103, CS201, TE150, TE250, TE301, and admission to the teacher education program.
 
TE446 Business Education Methods for Secondary Teachers (3,0) 3
A study of strategies and methodologies to facilitate effective business course instruction. Students learn to plan and present office cluster, accounting, marketing and computer software lessons and units using contemporary methods.
Students use national and state standards and benchmarks in planning instruction and assessment. Integrated technology component. Field work required. Prerequisites: TE150, TE250, TE301 and admission to the teacher
education program.
 
TE480 Internship in Teaching: Seminar (1,0) 1
A seminar course for students currently enrolled in the Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners I and ii to discuss issues in teacher education, classroom management, working with special needs students, and professional development.  This course may be repeated once for credit.  Corequisites: TE491 and TE492.
 
TE490 Research Topics in Education (1-4) 1-4
Individual study under supervision of teacher education faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisites: admission to the teacher education program, senior status and permission of instructor.
 
TE491 Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners I/Advanced Methods: [Subject] (8) 8
Directed and evaluated internship in heterogeneous  classrooms. Teaching worthwhile content to students with varied learning needs. Theoretical and field-based explorations of common teaching dilemmas. Student will spend
at least 25 clock hours weekly with a teacher in a school for field teaching experience. Prerequisites: successful completion of baccalaureate degree and all previous TE courses and field  experiences. Permission and availability of participating schools. Co-requisites: TE601 and TE602. May be repeated once.
 
TE492 Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners II/Advanced Methods: [Subject] (8) 8
Continuing internship in heterogeneous classrooms at selected schools. Increased emphasis on independent teaching. Maintaining classroom communities that ensure equitable access to important knowledge and skills.
Assessing academic and social outcomes. Student will spend at least 25 clock hours weekly with a teacher in a school for field teaching experience. Prerequisites: completion of TE491 and permission and availability of participating schools. Corequisites: TE603 and TE604. May be repeated once.
 
TE601 Professional Roles and Teaching Practices I (3,0) 3
Examination of pedagogical roles and practices in terms of teacher behaviors, learning communities, school, culture and society. Review and reform of ones own practice through use of identification of problems, data analysis
and strategic planning. Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. Corequisites: TE602 and TE491 for students enrolled in the certification program.
 
TE602 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I (3,0) 3
Qualitative and quantitative research methods on teaching and learning. Criteria for judging the validity and applicability of research-based knowledge. Framing educational problems worthy of inquiry. Designing and assessing
studies of teaching practice. Three class contact hours of lecture, discussion, clinical work. Prerequisite: TE402. Corequisites: TE491 and TE601. May be repeated once.
 
TE603 Professional Roles and Teaching Practices II (3,0) 3
A critical examination of the multi-dimensional aspects of teacher roles, pedagogical ethics, philosophical applications and influences on schools and learning communities. Corequisites: TE604 and TE492 for students enrolled in the certification program.
 
TE604 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice II (3,0) 3
Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data on teaching, learning and education policy — largely through action
research in the classroom. Dilemmas surrounding research on practice. Appraising and reporting results of inquiry.
Three class contact hours of lecture, discussion and clinical. Prerequisites: TE491, TE601 and TE602. Corequisites: TE492 and TE603. May be repeated once.
 
 
MATHEMATICS
Special topics courses will be available as needand interest develop. Consult the semester course schedule for these. Based on a series of exams each student isplaced in the beginning mathematics course judged most appropriate for successful completion and mathematical progress. For courses numbered 100 and above a student’s
curriculum major also affects course selection. Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward graduation.
MA112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences (4,0) 4
Limits, differentiation, applications of the derivative, integration, application of the definite integral, techniques of integration. Calculus of exponential and logarithmic functions, elementary differential equations, functions of
several variables. Prerequisite: MA111 with a grade of C or better. This course will not count toward a major or minor in mathematics.
 
MA140 Precalculus Mathematics (5,0) 5
Basic theory of functions, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Inequalities. Analytic geometry, plane trigonometry and vectors. Complex numbers. Systems of linear equations, matrices and
determinants. Prerequisites: two years of high school algebra and equivalent/satisfactory score on ACT or Placement Exam, or MA092 with a  grade of C or better, and one-half year of high school trigonometry or MA108 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. This course will not count toward a major or minor in mathematics.
 
MA151 Calculus I (4,0) 4
Limits, continuity and inverse functions. Logarithmic and exponential functions. Differentiation and applications of the derivative. L’Hopital’s rule. Inverse trigonometric functions. Integration and the definite integral. Prerequisites: high school mathematics that includes two years of algebra, one year of plane geometry and one-half year of trigonometry and equivalent/satisfactory score on ACT or Placement Exam, or MA140 with a grade of C or better.
 
MA152 Calculus II (4,0) 4
Applications of the definite integral. Techniques of integration and improper integrals. Infinite series. Conic sections, polar coordinates and parametric equations. Prerequisite: MA151 with a grade of C or better.
 
MA207 Principles of Statistical Methods (3,0) 3
Descriptive statistics, probability distributions (including normal, binomial and chi-square), techniques of statistical inference including tests of hypotheses and selected nonparametric tests. (This course is a survey of elementary statistical concepts.) Prerequisite: MA086 or equivalent/ satisfactory score on ACT or Placement Exam.
This course will not count toward a major in mathematics.
 
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Special topics courses will be available as needand interest develop. Consult the semester course schedule for these.
 
CS101 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications (2,2) 3
The study of a selection of contemporary microcomputer applications, including operating systems concepts, word processing, spreadsheets, database management systems, and the Internet and World Wide Web. Brief survey of
other applications, such as presentation graphics, multimedia usage and desktop publishing. Does not apply toward credit in computer science major or minor.
     
 
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