Courses

The following sociology courses are offered at BCC. Not all courses are offered every semester. You can look at the current schedule via WebAdvisor

SOC-105 Introductory Sociology
3 Credits Offered Every Semester
The nature and scope of sociology. In this study of human groups and relationships, the course explores the origin, structure, and growth of human society; its basic institutions and processes; and problems resulting from social change. Skills prerequisite: ENG 020.

SOC-121 Human Sexuality
3 Credits Offered As Needed
An interdisciplinary study of human sexuality including the perspectives of historical and cross cultural, biological and physiological, psychosocial developmental, and social cultural. Skills prerequisite: ENG 020.

SOC-136 Sociology of Marriage and the Family
3 Credits Offered As Needed
Analysis of the family as a basic unit of society and the chief formative influence on the shaping of personality. The American family is studied from a historical and cross-cultural perspective. Skills prerequisite: ENG 020.

SOC-208 Contemporary Social Problems
3 Credits Offered As Needed
An analysis of social problems in contemporary American society from a sociological perspective. The course explores theories of problem causes and proposed solutions. Prerequisite: SOC 105 or PSY 107 or permission of the instructor.

SOC-203 Issues Through Film and Video
3 Credits Offered As Needed
An examination of American society in the twentieth century landscape, via film and video, as a reflection of that society. This course also looks at the medium of film from the perspective of social issues and social change. Prerequisite: SOC 105 or PSY 107 or permission of the instructor.

SOC-212 Social Welfare and Social Policy
3 Credits Offered Spring
A review of major events which have shaped social policy in this century, with analysis of current issues and trends. Prerequisite: SOC 105.

SOC-216 Racial and Ethnic Minorities
3 Credits Offered in the Spring Semester
A study of the social, economic, and political conditions affecting the status of major racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Attention will be focused on selected minority groups, emphasizing immigration, intercultural conflict, accommodation, and assimilation. Prerequisite: SOC 105 or PSY 107 or permission of the instructor.

SOC-217 Sociology of Religion
3 Credits Offered As Needed
The study of religion as a social phenomenon in all its diversity in American culture. Emphasis will be on current religious life in the United States, in both traditional and new or alternative forms. Prerequisite: SOC 105 PSY 107 or permission of the instructor.

SOC-219 Women and the Law
3 Credits Offered As Needed
A study of women as victims and perpetrators of crime in America. Historical and contemporary women’s lives are examined through fictional portrayal and factual data. Theories of causality, the legal status of women, the impact of rising female criminality, and the presence of women in law enforcement professions are addressed. Prerequisite: CRJ 105 or SOC 105 and ENG 101, or permission of the instructor.

SOC-228 Death and Dying
3 Credits Offered As Needed
An examination of death in American society from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, philosophy, religion, and literature. Topics include the meaning of death, the experience of dying, funeral rites, suicide, fear of death, the value of life in American culture, and immortality. Prerequisite: SOC 105 or PSY 107 or permission of the instructor.