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OCI-101 Introduction to Sociology
3 Credits (Social and Behavioral Sciences Core)

Through this introduction to sociology, the student will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of sociology including culture, socialization, social stratification and social change and be able to apply these concepts to social problems and everyday life experiences. Students will be exposed to sociological information and ideas which will help them understand and clarify their own norms, values and attitudes. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SOCI-102 Social Problems
3 Credits (Social and Behavioral Sciences Core)

The general objective of this course is to give students a broad overview of contemporary problems both in America and around the world. This course will analyze social problems, both internationally and here in the United States using various sociological perspectives. We will use the tools of sociology–its analytical insights, its theoretical frameworks, and its methods to ask questions about what constitutes a social problem, when does a social condition become problematic, who are advocating which strategies for solutions or social change. We will focus on three general classes of social problems: problems of social inequality and conflict, problems arising within specific social institutions (family life, education, crime, and health care), and problems arising from social change (environmental crises, population growth, and social upheaval). In each case, we will study what is known: (1) about the problem and recent trends therein, (2) its causes and consequences, and (3) individual and societal responses to the phenomenon. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SOCI-103 The Sociology of the Family
3 Credits

The Sociology of the Family will introduce the student to the sociological study of the family. In part one of the course, we will examine the American family in historical and cross-cultural perspective, and in the process achieve a clearer understanding of what the family does and how it has changed. Part two will examine the various paths to family formation and the responsibilities and expectations we have as family members. In part three we will shift focus to the larger social forces that shape families and the implications this has for a social policy of the family. Finally we will turn to the stresses the contemporary family endures and the possibilities this holds for the future of the family. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SOCI-111 Introduction to Women’s Studies: Women, Gender and Society
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

An interdisciplinary study of the construction of gender and its intersection with race and class in the United States. Based primarily in the social sciences and social history, this course also draws on the arts, media, and popular culture in examining the impact of gender on society. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as WMST‑111.

SOCI-115 Emerging World Issues
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

This course is an interdisciplinary/emerging issues class that will introduce the student to selected issues emerging in our changing world. This course, using social science methodologies, will examine the historical, social, political and economic origins and manifestations of the issue under examination through an interdisciplinary exploration of film, art, literature, together with the economic, social, and social, and political infrastructures that drive the emerging global issue under study. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SOCI-130 Human Sexuality
3 Credits
Through this introduction to the field of human sexuality, the student will be able to recall and describe historical and current research knowledge related to physiological, psychological, anthropological, and soci­ological aspects of human sexuality across the life span. Students will discuss and evaluate their own beliefs and values relevant to the topics of various types of sexual behavior, sexual problems and their treatments. In addition, the student will be able to describe important legal and ethical sexual issues. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HEED-130.

SOCI-160 The Aging Process: Gerontology
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

This course will focus on the physiological, psychological and social changes that impact upon the aging population. In addition the student will focus on assessment and counseling skills relevant to preserving independence in the aged, and meeting the health needs of the aging population. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as AGNG-160.

SOCI-201 Minorities in American Society
3 Credits

Minorities in American Society will introduce students to a sociological investigation of the racial, ethnic and gender stratification system found in the United States. This course will introduce the student to concepts ­essential to the sociological analysis of the American strat­ification system such as prejudice, discrimination, minority, race, ethnicity and gender. This course will ex­amine the historical process through which the American racial and ethnic stratification system was socially constructed, and it will examine the various theoretical perspectives that have emerged in the attempt to understand this historical process. It will also teach the student to apply these concepts and theories to an analysis of contemporary social problems and to his or her every­day life experiences. The student will be exposed to sociological information and ideas that will help him or her to understand and to critically analyze the world we live in. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SOCI-202 Urban Sociology
3 Credits

Urban Sociology is a lecture and discussion course in which the student will analyze the social relationships of man in his urban environment. The student will examine the way in which spacial and physical dimensions of urban areas have been shaped; describe the various life styles of urbanized man; analyze the growth, development and planning of suburbs and new towns; and examine a number of social problems facing urban America including effective government, zoning and land use, housing, education, urban planning and crime. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SOCI-203 Sociology of Sport
3 Credits

Through this course, the student will analyze contemporary sport using theoretical tools and research methods of sociology. The student will investigate the ways in which sport is shaped by social forces such as culture, economics, politics, stratification, globalization and consumerism. The student will also study the effects of sport on the larger society by examining sport’s societal functions, its influence on social interaction, and its relation to various social problems including deviance and inequality. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SOCI-204 Social Change
3 Credits (Social and Behavioral Sciences Core)
This course is an opportunity for students to continue developing their sociological imagination as it relates to social change in society, both domestically and internationally. We will consider the social origins, purposes, and consequences of social change in contemporary societies, and will emphasize the ways in which change agents, trends, and social contexts, reproduce, reinforce, and challenge prevailing institutional relationships. This course will critically explore the evolution of social change by investigating topics that are both theoretical and practical in nature. The goal of this course is to expand an understanding of the dynamic relationships between the impetus for social change and the consequences of change as reflected in the communities in which we live and the global arena. Prerequisite: Eligibility to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SOCI-225 Sociology of Conflict and Non-Violence
3 Credits

This course examines why humans engage in conflict, why violence is employed to resolve conflict and the nature and practice of non-violent conflict resolution. Students will explore the social forces that produce conflict–including cultural, economic, and psychological–and the arenas in which conflict occurs–including family, community, nation and world. Within an interdisciplinary framework (using social sciences and humanities), students will learn the theoretical, historical, practical, and political aspects of violent and non-violent conflict. Special attention will be given to emerging social and global conflicts, including examination of how or if these conflicts might be resolved in a non-violent manner. Prerequisite: SOCI-101 or SOCI-102. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as CRES-225.

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomechanical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial PLanning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG 
Geology - GEOL 
German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Photonics - PHOT
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST