Sociology (BA) - Curriculum

Learn how to make a positive impact in your community. Explore solutions for some of society's biggest problems. Discover how sociology taps into history, politics, literature and numerous other disciplines to explain why groups of people act the way they do. Introducing SNHU's B.A. in Sociology.

Sociology is a 120-credit hour program. Courses are offered on-campus and online in the fall and spring semesters. To earn your degree, you'll need to successfully complete the following courses:

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

HIS-301: World History and Culture
This course is designed to offer the student a historical and cultural understanding of Africa, India, China and Japan, in their interactions with the western world. Offered every year in the fall. Recommended for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History. Global marker.
PHL-230: Religions of the World
This course reviews the emergence of various belief systems and their differences and similarities. Students explore the role of religious belief in the course of human history. Whenever possible, speakers representing various religions are invited to the class. Special emphasis is given to the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Global marker.
PSY-305: Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive psychology focuses on mental processes; we explore research and theory relating to memory, thinking, problem-solving, and language. Applied topics will include learning skills to help improve memory, accommodating memory/language disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and dyslexia, and understanding how brain scanning techniques can be used to understand memory.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H

Sociology Major Courses

ATH-111: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
This course is the study of preliterate and changing societies that emphasizes social organization and cultural aspects. Global marker.
GEO-200: World Geography
This course examines the implications of global location and topography for the people of planet Earth. Students will explore how geography shapes the dynamics of human societies, with an emphasis on the geoenvironmental, geopolitical, and geosocial phenomena that help to define the modern world. Global marker.
MAT-240: Applied Statistics
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
SCS-224: Social Science Research Methods
This course offers a broad introduction to research methods in the social sciences, including surveys, case studies, experiments, and quasi-experiments. Students learn to spot design flaws in research intended to generate scientifically sound conclusions about social phenomena, and to evaluate critically the interpretations of social science research results by third-party observers, such as reporters. Students also learn how to draft a research proposal that would satisfy the requirements of peer review within the community of professional social scientists.
Prerequisites:
MAT-240
SCS-444: Capstone Colloquium
This colloquium serves as the capstone course for students in the sociology, law and politics, and environmental management majors. Students learn from their instructor and from each other as they apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their other course work to a directed research project in the appropriate discipline or field. Prerequisite: Senior standing in the sociology, law and politics, or environmental management major.
Prerequisites:
Senior prereg status
SOC-112: Introduction to Sociology
Is one's identity individually or socially constructed? Are all stereotypes invalid or can there be value in generalizations? Is globalization widening the gaps or homogenizing the world? In this course, students will grapple with these essential questions in examining the world through the lens of a sociologist. Sociology offers an empirically-based methodology for critically evaluating society-from issues of individual agency to the roots of global institutions. Culture, norm stratification, systems, structure, social institutions, social change, the organization of social behavior and its relationship to society and social conditions are emphasized. Students will challenge their own preconceived notions and evaluate these constructs in terms of their relevancy to contemporary issues and problems.
SOC-213: Sociology of Social Problems
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-325: Sociological Perspectives
Sociology is the study of social life and behavior. Sociologists study societies by researching social groups, patterns, interactions, and institutions. We are interested in how they work, how they change, and their connection to people's lives. This course will build on what students learned in SOC-112 Introduction to Sociology. It will engage students in a discussion of what we know theoretically in the discipline of sociology through the work of key "voices" in the sociological tradition. The course intends to cultivate your ability to see social things with the hope that, as Peter Berger states, "things are not what they seem". In other words, in this class students will learn to rethink assumptions about social facets of society that are commonly taken for granted.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112

Select four (SCS-490 may be taken twice) or five (only taking SCS-490 once) of the following:

SCS-300: The Human Condition: Environment/You
This is a team-taught course which will examine Ethics and Morality as seen through the distinct perspectives of the various social sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Information Technology, Justice Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Instructors from each of these disciplines will conduct sessions on selected topics on ethical and moral issues, as viewed by the social science perspective. Not only will the student learn about issues defined as important by the instructors but will also discover how each discipline examines issues in somewhat different ways. In this manner both the similarities and differences of social sciences can be investigated and applied.
SOC-317: Sociology of the Family
This course is a sociological examination of the family institution in America and other societies. Traditional and nontraditional family patterns are studied to provide students with a structure for understanding sex, marriage, family and kinship systems. Offered every other year.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-318: Sustainable Communities
How do we build a society fit for living? This course looks to the field of environmentally sustainable community development (ESCD) for answers to this question. Students explore the principles and practices of ESCD using pattern-mapping of community needs, site visits, and other experiential learning tools that turn communities into classrooms, and bring the challenge of building environmentally sustainable communities to life. In the process, students identify assumptions that lead to unsustainable social practices, and develop the skills necessary to help create livable local landscapes and sustainable local futures through individual and community action.
Prerequisites:
ENV-219 or SCI-219 or SOC-112
SOC-320: Sociology of Gender
The examination of gender in society. Students will explore the social construction of gender, gender identity development, sexuality and power, and other aspects concerning the meanings and implications of being 'male', 'female', or 'transgendered'.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-324: Sociology of Crime and Violence
The course examines the nature, causes, and consequences of crime and violence to a society. Applying a legal and sociological perspective, the course examines: 1) the structure of the law and the criminal justice system; 2) the nature and causation of criminal behavior; and 3) the various types of crime and criminality.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-326: Sociology of Deviant Behavior
This course is a sociological analysis of the nature, cause, and societal reactions to deviant behavior, including mental illness, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction and sexual deviation. Offered every other year.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-328: Sociology of Aging
Students in this course examine the basic social processes and problems of aging. Social and psychological issues and issues involved with death and dying are discussed. Offered every other year.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-330: Sociology of Minority Relations
This course examines minority relations in America and other societies. It focuses on the nature of minority-dominated interaction, the sources and operation of prejudice and discrimination and the typical reactions of minorities to their disadvantaged positions. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112
SOC-333: Sport and Society
This course examines the major issues and controversies of sport in society. Students will develop an appreciation of the ways sport in society contributes to analyzing and understanding human behavior in sports contexts. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and think critically about sports as part of social life. Offered every spring semester.
Prerequisites:
COM-212 or ENG-200
SOC-335: Technology and Society
This course examines how technology and science impact society and how they influence our lives and our thinking, such as the economy, ethics, religion and the arts. Topics include the positive and negative aspects of technology, the role of technology in historical change, how technology changes what we do as a society and as individuals and appreciating the limits of technology. Topics range from television and airplanes to organ transplants and cloning.
Prerequisites:
One science course or permission of instructor.
SOC-350: Globally Responsible Environmental and Economic Decisions
G.R.E.E.D., Globally Responsible Environmental and Economic Decisions. This course explores the scientific, social and ethical aspects of environmental degradation and evaluates practices and attitudes that will lead to sustainable practices. Part 1 - G.R.E.E.D. is explored as a threat to sustainable development. Part 2 - G.R.E.E.D. is explored through team-based research as a sustainable alternative.

Select one of the following:

SOC-291: Experiential Learning
A course designed to explore community services to individuals and groups through a volunteer experience that involves observation and participation in activities. Classroom experiences are geared to giving the student both exposure to and an understanding of services available in the field today.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112 Must be enrolled in psychology program
SOC-490: Community Sociology Internship
A course designed to give the student a working experience in the social services. The student will find a site that is of interest and career potential, work out a schedule of no less than 150 hours, and fulfills the learning outcomes of the course. This is an experiential course in which the student works closely with a site supervisor, the instructor of the course, as well as engages in some productive function within the agency.
Prerequisites:
SOC-112 Must be enrolled in psychology program

SCS-490 may be taken twice if free electives are available.

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