Social Science Course Descriptions



GUI1100 __________________ 3 cr. hrs.

Principles of College Success

     A course designed to make entering college comfortable and successful for first-time college students.  A lively class format includes class discussions, quest lectures,, and group activities on a wide range of subjects pertinent for school, career, and personal success.

PAW1960 _________________ 1 cr. hr.

Career Planning (offered as 8 week class)

     This course is designed to increase career development awareness by assisting students in choosing a career or college major through interest, ability, and workplace value assessments.  The results provide a framework for career planning and exploration through a variety of sources, including computerized career information systems, resource materials, and assessments, occupation, and employment opportunity research.


PSY1060 __________________ 1 cr hr.

Success Over Stress (Intersession Course)

    Students will gain an understanding of stress in its many forms and develop ways to help themselves and others deal with stress, both proactively and retroactively.

PSY1130 __________________ 3 cr. hrs.

General Psychology I

    A broad overview of the general field of psychology and fundamental principles of human behavior is provided in this course. Includes topics such as the biology of behavior, learning and memory, emotion and motivation, growth and development, personality, abnormal behavior, and treatment of mental illness. (available as a web course and live instruction)

PSY1140 __________________ 3 cr. hrs.

General Psychology II (spring semester)

     Prerequisite: PSY1130

     A more intensive examination of the principles and theories of human behavior studied in General Psychology I.  Course topics cover a broad spectrum of interest areas in psychology to help the student bridge the gap between principles, theories, and the real world. Emphasis is placed on developing advanced knowledge and skills of scientific analysis, library research, and clarity of scientific writing.

PSY1160 __________________ 3 cr. hrs.

Applied Psychology (spring semester)

     Application of psychological principles and theory to modern day settings and everyday life with emphasis on personal adjustment, stress and health, development, social influences, interpersonal communication, intimated relationships, careers and work.

PSY1250 __________________ 3 cr. hrs.

Human Growth and Development

    This course provides the student with a lifespan approach to development.  The course examines major psychological issues, theories, and research concerning infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.  Influences on physical, cognitive, personality, and social development are analyzed.

PSY2000 __________________ 3 cr. hrs.

Abnormal Psychology (fall semester day class; spring evening class)

     Prerequisite: PSY1130

     A survey of various psychological disorders, including their signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment, as well as the theoretical perspectives through which these disorders are viewed.  Legal and ethical issues are also discussed along with other controversial topics in the field. 



SWK1000 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

Introduction to Social Work (fall semester day class; spring evening class)

     A survey course to introduce students to human and community needs and to the concepts, skills, and values common to the helping profession.   It is designed for the student who wants to explore a possible major in the human services field.  Students will be exposed to historical, perspectives, ethics, community resources, and service delivery, as well as the role of the paraprofessional in various agencies and specific areas of human services employment.

SWK2000 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

Theories and Skills in Helping (fall semester)

     Prerequisite: SWK1000

     Introduction to the methodology used in the helping profession with emphasis on effective interpersonal communication, interviewing, and development of basic helping skills.  A process-oriented approach to solving individual, family, and community problems will be employed.

SWK2020 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

Policy and Politics (spring semester)

     Prerequisite: SWK1000

     Provides an examination of social welfare policy development. The examination will focus on historical factors, value assumptions, and social-political-economic contexts.  Specific social issues in the field of human services will be explored and related to policy development.  The process and skills necessary for examination and evaluation of programs-policies (i.e., federal, state, local) will be emphasized.



SOC1060 ___________________1 cr. hr.

Alchohol and College Life (Intersession Course)

The purpose of this course is to examine issues related to alcohol and drug use in college and how they can affect students physically, psychologically, and socially.

SOC1130 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

General Sociology

     Introduction to sociology systematically examines behavior and human groups, particularly the influence of culture, socialization, social structure, stratification, social institutions, differentiated by race, ethnicity, gender, class, region, and sociocultural change upon people's attitudes and behaviors. (available as web a course and live instruction)

SOC1230 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

Social Problems (spring semester evening course)

     A course designed to look at specific areas of major American social problems.  Proposed problems to be studied include drugs, crime, delinquency, mental disorders, sexual behavior, race relations, family problems, poverty, war and peace.

SOC1240 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

Substance Abuse in Modern Society (spring evening course)

     Prerequisite: PSY1130 or SOC1130

     An overview of the drug problems in America and its institutions.  Included will be an explanation of drug actions within the human body and frequently observed manifestations of drug dependency and usage, as well as the study of drug abuse prevention programs.

SOC1540 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (web only)

    This course is an introduction to the study of human culture which aims to demonstrate how the basic concepts and techniques developed by anthropologists help us understand societies of various degrees of complexity. Major goals are increased awareness of the diversity and flexibility of human cultures through a comparison of marriage and family, economic, political, religious, and language systems.  (Cultural diversity course)

SOC1600 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

Ethnicity and Cultural Differences in America (fall semester)

     This course is an in-depth exploration of American ethnic, racial, and subcultural diversity with a focus on the social dynamics and consequences of cultural differences. Integrates knowledge about lifestyles and needs of different groups and their contributions to the American way of life.  Includes topics on ethnic relations, the Anglo-Saxon concept, African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, as well as Gay and Lesbian lifestyles, the Amish, and cultural variance between the West cost and the Old South.  This course meets the cultural diversity requirement.  (Cultural diversity course)

SOC162 __________________ 3 crs. hrs.

Human Diversity

     This course is designed to promote better understanding and appreciation of human differences through comparison of diverse populations based on value systems, cultural and ethnic influences, communication styles, socioeconomic factors, health risks, disabilities, life stages and other types of diversity.  Content provides a multidisciplinary knowledge base and perspectives that include the study of cultural factors that influence human behavior and relationships to help the student interact more effectively and sensitively with people from diverse backgrounds.   (Cultural diversity course)