Social Psychology Minor Course Options

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Psychology Courses

Sociology Courses
200-Level Courses

300-Level Courses

400-Level Courses



PY 212 Developmental Psychology

Human development from prenatal period to old age. Genetic and environmental determinants of behavior. Language, cognition, personality, social and emotional behavior, intelligence, and physical and sexual development. Applied areas include child rearing, childhood psychoses, and child abuse.
Prerequisite: PY 101
Credit Hours: 3

PY 218 Abnormal Psychology
Research-oriented study of different types of maladaptive behavior, including symptoms, development, classification, and treatment.
Prerequisite: PY 101
Credit Hours: 3

PY 319 Psychopathology and Culture
Cultural differences with respect to types of behavior viewed as abnormal and how such behaviors are classified and treated.
Prerequisite: PY 101
Credit Hours: 3


PY 372 Social Psychology
Major theories and research in social psychology. Social perception and attribution, behavior in interpersonal relationships, and group influences on individual behavior.
Prerequisite: PY 101
Credit Hours: 3

SOC130 Intimate Relations and the Family
Contemporary trends of marriage, cohabiting and partnerships; male-female relations among singles; dating and courtship; social and psychological factors in mate selection; marital adjustment; role of sex, money, and children in marriage; divorce, other crisis situations, and changing patterns of family relationships in U.S.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC135 Human Sexuality
Social basis of sexual interaction; varieties of sexual interaction; sexuality related to daily life; attitudes, contraceptive use, and fertility and fecundity; sex role controversies; relation to institutions such as family, religion, medicine, and education; social definitions as determinants of behavior.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 220 Changing Gender Roles
Presumed biological differences; socialization differences of females and males; positions in and treatment by major institutions such as education, religion and economy; influence of gender labeling on development and lives of both sexes.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 240 Family Conflict and Violence
Origins, manifestations, effects, controls, and rehabilitation aspects of family conflict and violence.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 280 Introduction to Medical Sociology
Social and cultural factors in defining health and illness; social determinants of health; health and illness behavior; health professionals; organization and delivery of health care in the U.S. (This course was formerly titled Health and Society)
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 283 The Sociology of Mental Health
Nature of mental illness, public attitudes toward it, and explanations of mental health using medical and sociocultural approaches. Major therapies used to treat mental illness: psychotherapy, behavior mCredit Hoursodification, chemotherapy, somatic therapy, and changing treatment setting and public attitudes.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 285 Introduction to Aging (Also GER 285)
Aging experience in modern world. Theories of aging, dimensions of aging, everyday concerns associated with aging, and future prospects of aging. May include some guest lectures by professionals in field and other faculty in gerontology.
Credit Hours: 3


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SOC 323 Social Structure and Personality
Interaction of social structure and personality; motivation, cognition, and impact of family, social class, and other institutions on personality development and mental illness.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 340 Deviant Behavior
How and why certain behaviors, thoughts, and characteristics are labeled deviant; how and why certain individuals are labeled; consequences of being labeled; individual and group conflict; socialization to deviance; education; law enforcement; institutions; influence on family and friends.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 383 Drugs and Society
Variety of legal and illegal drugs in use in our society, their history, their social effects, and strategies for control and prevention of their abuse.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 385 Social Psychology of Aging (Also GER 385)
Behavioral and structural relationships of aged population in America. Aging and interpersonal behavior, aging and social structure, and aging and social intervention.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours in sociology or permission of instructor, unless noted. Open to graduate students by permission.


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SOC 405 Mind, Self and Society
Symbolic interaction as major theoretical perspective of sociological social psychology; origins of approach in Mead, Blumer, and Goffman. Significance of concepts such as role-taking, impression management, self, identity and symbolic interaction.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 420 Sociology of Emotions
Sociological approaches and issues in the study of emotions including; emotional socialization and control, emotion work, emotion management, feeling restless, and the relationship of macro, meso and micro social structures and processes to emotions. Spatial distribution of social, demographic, and physical factors in urban environment; distribution of population by age, race and class; competition for land between businesses and home owners; consequences of local ecology for poverty, health, etc.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 456 Death and Dying (Also GER 456)
Death, dying, and bereavement from sociological and social psychological perspectives.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 457 The Aging Family
Changes in family structure; status of aging in family in various societies; intra- and inter-generational relations; family-related role transitions.
Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission from instructor
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 469 Sociology of Aging (Also GER 469)
How roles and statuses change with age in relation to major social institutions; adjustments people make to such changes. Aging population’s impact on society and effect of society on aged.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 480 Sociology of Health and Illness
Critical evaluation of medical care system and health policy; social consequences of current health issues; social causes of health and illness; alternative practitioners and self-help groups. (This course was formerly titled Medical Sociology)
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 482 - Gender and Health
Sociological, psychological and biological explanations of gender differences in mental and physical health across the life course.
Credit Hours: 3

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