SOCIOLOGY (ASC, SOC)
ACADEMIC SKILLS COURSES
ASC 076 Applied Study Skills Fall 1 credit
An embedded study skills application for specific content areas. Learning and study strategies will be presented and applied using students' texts and classroom assignments. Instruction includes handouts, study guides, cooperative and individualized learning, and computer instruction.
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology F&S SM 3 credits
Sociology is the study of the development and maintenance of human society and the process and products of culture. This course provides a basic foundation of vocabulary, concepts and theories that will enable students to investigate, evaluate and understand the social world in which we live.
SOC 115 Social Problems F&S 3 credits
Utilizing a critical thought approach, this course identifies those social conditions that are recognized as problematic to society. Students will analyze and evaluate the factors that create, maintain or change social problems in our society.
SOC 120 Transition to College Life/Seminar 2 credits
This course is designed to ease the transition for new students to Bismarck State College. The students will learn skills and techniques used by successful college students. Some topics include: learning/ study skills, academic planning, time management, leadership, interpersonal relations, and career planning.
SOC 123 Investigations in Environmental Problems BD 1-3 credits
Maximum of three credits. Student project or discussion topics will be designed to meet the needs of individual students or small groups. Instructor's consent required.
SOC 220 Family Fall 3 credits
The institution of family will be analyzed utilizing a sociological perspective. The focus will be on courtship, marriage, family, communication and child rearing.
SOC 221 Minority Relations F&S 3 credits
A study of the relations between advantaged and disadvantaged groups in American society. The experience and present status of racial and ethnic groups are examined.
SOC 225 Death and Dying Spring 3 credits
The course takes an intellectual view of the process of dying, bereavement and grief. Issues to be addressed include the differences in age groups when dealing with either their own death or the death of a loved one; various end-of-life issues such as assisted suicide, living wills and organ donations; and the various theories associated with death and dying.
SOC 235 Cultural Diversity F&S 3 credits
This course is an introductory survey of the racial, ethnic and cultural mosaic of American society. Basic theories of intragroup and intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination are covered.
SOC 251 Gerontology Spring 3 credits
Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of the processes of aging and the experience of growing old. This includes the sociological, psychological and biological aspects of aging. .
SOC 252 Criminology F&S 3 credits
A study of theories from religious, political, psychological, biological and sociological perspectives that attempt to explain crime, criminals, and criminal behavior.
SOC 253 Juvenile Delinquency Fall 3 credits
A critical evaluation of the role of the family, school, community officials, social agencies, and community programs and institutions in delinquency prevention and control.
SOC 275 American Indian Studies F&S SM 3 credits
This course is designed to meet requirements of the Education Standards and Practices Board, which is the program approval entity for teacher education programs in North Dakota, that teachers in North Dakota schools possess an understanding of the histories and cultures of native people in North Dakota. Students will become familiar with United States Federal Indian policy history, the concept of tribal sovereignty, as well as the cultures, histories and traditions of American Indian tribes in North Dakota and surrounding areas.
SOC 294 Independent Study 1-3 credits
Independent or directed study of special topics in sociology. Department chairperson approval is required.
SOC 299 Special Topics in Sociology BD 1-3 credits
Repeatable up to six semester hours. An examination of special topics in sociology.
SOC 195-295 Service Learning 1-3 credits
Maximum of six semester hours. Service learning may be accomplished by one of three methods: Joining a club that has a public service component, doing volunteer work at a non-profit organization, or taking a course that links public service with its curriculum.
SOC 197-297 Cooperative Education/lnternship F&S SM 1-3 credit hours each
Repeatable up to a maximum of six hours. Work hours are arranged by employer, advisor and student. Progress is checked by oral and written reports from the employer. Periodic student-advisor conferences are required to discuss progress or problems. Students are required to submit an accounting of their experiences to their instructor. All co-op experiences are based on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Department chair approval is required.