Social Science (SOS)

SOS-201  Social Science Professions I  (1 credits)  

SOC 201 Social Science Professions I (1) This first course in the two-semester Social Science Professions sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in the social sciences or related fields. Students are guided in their own professional development via self-assessments of professional interests, establishment of professional goals and how facets of the social sciences curriculum can be tailored to their individual needs. As part of the exploration, students will be acquainted with contemporary and historical issues in the social sciences professions (e.g., professional organizations, licensure requirements) and will be provided with an overview of the many sub-fields and disciplines within the social sciences. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Social Science majors.

SOS-202  Social Science Professions II  (1 credits)  

SOS 202 Social Science Professions II (1) This second course in the two-semester Social Science Professions sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in social sciences or related fields. The emphasis of this seminar is to enable students to become more acquainted with baccalaureate-level career opportunities as well as professional career opportunities in the social sciences and related fields. Students will be guided in the process of researching and interviewing professionals within the community. Invited guest speakers from specialized careers within the social sciences and related fields will supplement lecture presentations of vocational and career opportunities. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Social Science majors. Prerequisite: SOS-201

Prerequisite(s): Take SOS-201

SOS-301  Statistics in the Social Scien  (3 credits)  

This course provides students with an introduction to statistical and research methods. Various types of research designs and the process of developing a research proposal will be studied along with the statistical techniques for analysis of numerical data. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Social Science majors

SOS-302  Research Methods in Social Sciences  (3 credits)  

This course is a continuation of SOS 301. Students will complete research projects from the start to finish of the research process. Additionally, students will learn how to analyze and evaluate existing research, conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews, and analyze policy and primary documents. Ethical considerations regarding conducting research and uses of research are discussed as students learn how to be effective consumers and producers of research. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Social Science majors.

Prerequisite(s): Take SOS-301

SOS-401  Social Sciences Internship I  (4 credits)  

The purpose of this course is to allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a field related to the social sciences (psychology, sociology, etc.) that is in keeping with their educational and/or vocational goals. Students will establish experientially-oriented learning objectives specific to their placement with their internship supervisor at the onset of the course and will participate in internship for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester (~ 15 hours per week). Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors

Corequisite(s): Take SOS-402

SOS-402  Senior Seminar I  (2 credits)  

This course is a co-requisite with the Social Sciences Internship I or Service Learning in the Social Sciences. The purpose of this seminar is to educate students about issues pertinent to their professional development and provide a forum for students to receive guidance and feedback throughout the internship or service learning experience. As a seminar this course will include topics and assignments related to professional development such as ethical guidelines and laws related to their field and internship placements, utilizing supervision effectively, and preparations for students' post-graduation career plans. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors.

Corequisite(s): Take SOS-401 or SOS-405

SOS-403  Social Sciences Internship II  (4 credits)  

This course will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a field related to the social sciences (psychology, sociology, etc.) wherein they can build upon their learning experiences from their first semester of internship. Student learning may entail continued placement at their first semester of internship with the intent of advancing their skills and knowledge from that experience, or placement in an alternative setting that enables students to develop their knowledge, professional networking, and further evaluate their educational and career goals. Students will establish experientially-oriented learning objectives specific to their placement with their internship supervisor at the onset of the course and will participate in internship for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester (~ 15 hours per week). Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors

Prerequisite(s): Take SOS-401 of SOS-405
Corequisite(s): Take SOS-404

SOS-404  Senior Seminar II  (2 credits)  

This course is a co-requisite with the Social Sciences Internship II or Service Learning in the Social Sciences. The purpose of this seminar is to educate students about issues pertinent to their professional development and provide a forum for students to receive guidance and feedback throughout the internship experience. As a seminar this course will include active class discussion and students will lead presentations on topics related to their fields and professional development. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors.

Prerequisite(s): Take SOS-402
Corequisite(s): Take SOS-403 or SOS-405

SOS-405  Service Learning in Social Sciences  (4 credits)  

Under faculty supervision, students will design a program of community service associated with a set of learning objectives. The service component should benefit both the recipient and the provider of the service, offering the latter opportunities for self-reflection, self-discovery, and the development of values, skills, and knowledge. A central objective must be firsthand experience of a central issue(s) studied in either sociology or psychology. The SOS program will work to find placements for interested students. Another component of this course will consist of an independent study in the relevant discipline and must be closely linked to the issue(s) addressed in the community service portion. For example, a student may provide services to the elderly in nursing homes and use the independent study portion to study how state and federal policies affect the delivery of health care and other services to nursing home populations. For students outside the SOS Department, acceptance is dependent on approval from the academic advisor/mentor plus 6 credit hours of prior work in SOS courses. All students must submit a specific plan for the service-learning experience to the SOS chair. After completing the experience, all students must write a thorough report. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors.

Corequisite(s): Take SOS-402 or SOS-404