Soc111 The Helping Relationship 3 hours
Looks at various types of help from informal settings to professional counseling. Emphasizes self-exploration as related to personal values, feelings and needs. Examines various psychological theories and introduces students to basic helping skills. Explores spiritual aspects of helping such as prayer and spiritual direction.
Soc112 Introduction to Social Welfare 3 hours
Studies how the United States social welfare system responds to various social problems. Covers the history of social welfare, the influences of values on social welfare and social welfare professions such as social work and child care.
Soc122 Religions of the World 3 hours
Surveys major world religions—their origins, beliefs and contemporary practices. Includes study of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Studies the relationships and interactions between religions and the cultures in which they are practiced. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. A Responsibility Source Course.
Soc123 Urban Life and Culture 3 hours
Provides students with the theory and practice of interpreting the complex social context of urban landscapes. Designed to increase appreciation for, and understanding of, city life with a focus on the urban experience of African Americans, Asian Americans and Latino/a Americans. Engagement in city life comes through daily visits to local organizations and churches reflecting the experience of the selected cultural group, supplemented with visits to museums, cultural events and more. A Responsibility Source Course.
Soc150 Service Learning 1 to 6 hours
Provides guided study and reflection of the social context for participants with Mennonite service agencies. The course will help the student integrate the service experience with basic sociological concepts and theories. Details are worked out in a learning contract with the vice president of Academics or other appointed instructor prior to the beginning of the experience.
Soc201 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 hours
Provides a beginning understanding of crime and criminal justice in the United States. Uses an interdisciplinary approach that blends a strong liberal arts educational experience with pre-professional instruction in the field of criminal justice. Introduces a variety of legal, policy making and law enforcement fields. Offered alternate years.
Soc202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 hours
Involves study of various past and present cultures throughout the world. Presents basic anthropological concepts such as kinship, economics, art, religion and government. Introduces related subjects of physical anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. A Knowledge Source Course.
Soc203 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours
Examines group structure and the influences of group life on human behavior. Introduces such concepts as culture, socialization, deviance and the social institutions of religion, politics and education. Sophomores are given enrollment priority. A Knowledge Source Course.
Soc207 Sociology of Families 3 hours
Explores the concept of family from a sociological research and systems perspective including foundations of marriage and family, intimate relationships, family life and inequalities and challenges in families. Students majoring in social work, sociology, early childhood education, disaster management or psychology as well as other persons interested in the subject matter are encouraged to enroll. An Integration Source Course.
Soc211 Conflict Resolution 1 hour
Explores an extensive method of conflict resolution that can be applied to such settings as the legal system, churches, business, schools, families and disaster scenarios. Students will identify their own conflict style. This course has applications for all students no matter their field of study. Required for disaster management students.
Soc215 Social Diversity 3 hours
Explores social diversity from macro and micro perspectives. Types of diversity analyzed include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, religion, age groups/generations and ableism. Examines the influences of social reality, social structure and social construction as related to social diversity. Makes inquiry in terms of how individuals carry various degrees of privilege or penalty depending on their place in society. Examines diversity in terms of the beauty it provides and the institutional and personal problems that accompany it. Offered alternate years. A Responsibility Source Course.
Soc220 Social Psychology 3 hours
Same as Psy 220. See course description listed under Psychology.