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Course Descriptions

SO 103
Introduction to Sociology: Diversity, Justice and the Sociological Imagination (3)
The scientific study of human social life that describes and explains how our social world works and how it influences our personal lives. This introductory course focuses on the values, institutions, organizations and other social forces that shape American culture and society.
Ursuline Studies Stage I Society satellite.

SO 104
Social Issues in 21st Century America (3)
An analysis of contemporary American social issues including topics such as poverty, crime, race relations, war, population, the aged, education, the family, health and mental illness, and drug abuse.

SO 155
Learning Disabilities Program (1-4)
On-campus program working with children experiencing learning, behavioral, and emotional problems in an intense five week summer camp setting. Weekly meetings for orientation, discussion of specific problems, and evaluation of the experience.
Cross-listed with PS 155.

SO 215
Civil Rights Movement (3)
An examination of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1970. The Movement began in the South when a large number of  African Americans and others organized through non-violent tactics and risked their lives to fight for racial equality through activities such as boycotts, marches and sit-ins.  

SO 225
Human Origins (3)
An introduction to the origin and changes through time in humans and their cultures, study of human biological diversity and primate behavior.

SO 230
Organized and White Collar Crime (3)
A study of organized and white collar crime in the U.S. and Cleveland focusing on bootlegging, gambling, drugs, extortion, labor racketeering, stock market, political and corporate fraud and the FBI tactics and relentless pursuit of the criminals.

SO 235
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
An exploration of human cultural diversity in areas such as culture and personality, religion and magic, politics and economics, and the family. Comparative studies of varied contemporary cultures. 
Ursuline Studies Stage II World Culture satellite (WO).

SO 245
Anthropology of Aging (3)
Cross-cultural study of aging. Endeavors to delineate the effects of aging as separated from the cultural observations and expectations of elders in a particular society.

SO 280
Career Exploration Seminar (1)
This course lays the foundation for students to engage in a personalized, effective career exploration process.  From an analysis of individual strength, interests and values students will explore a variety of career options, conduct an informational interview in a field of their choice and prepare for the job market.  Issues covered include professionalism and diversity in the workplace.

SO 285
Career Development II (1)
This course is a part of the UCoach Program that offers students individualized coaching for success throughout the college experience at Ursuline. This course is one of two that address the career component of the program to increase student readiness for the job market upon graduation and will assist in the development of a student’s personalized success plan.

SO 315
Sociology of Gangs (1)
A study of American gangs emphasizing street gangs such as the Bloods, Crips and Vice Lords; racist gangs like the Ku Klux Klan, Skinheads, and Aryan Nation; and outlaw biker gangs such as the Hells Angels, Mongols, and Banditos. 

SO 319
Criminology (3)
A consideration of the types and multiple causes of crime, preventive measures and correctional procedures with a special focus on examining different types of crime in Cleveland.

SO 322
Cities and American Society in the 21st Century (3)
Analysis of the urban environment (especially Cleveland, Ohio) from various theoretical perspectives is combined with the study of current issues affecting urban life. The interaction of various levels of government, community power structures and community action efforts and demographic characteristics are examined.

SO 323
Race, Culture and Politics in American Society (3)
A study of various minority groups in the United States, e.g., African, Latina, Asian, Native American, and women; their history, special cultural background, contributions, and prejudice and discrimination experienced by each.

SO 325
America’s Ethnic Heritage: Immigration Past to Present (3)
An examination of contemporary American ethnic groups, e.g., Irish, Italian, Polish, Jewish, Mexican, Japanese, and German Americans, with emphasis on their life-styles and organizational patterns, history, culture, customs,  traditions, demography, institutions, religious participation, family life, politics and issues. 

SO 338
Sociological Theory (3)
Selected theoretical perspectives are considered in relation to classic sociologists and their implications for research in sociology and social work practice.

SO 351, 352
Reading Seminar (3, 3)
Professional needs of students, research interests of faculty and current sociological topics are potential sources for the development of seminar topics. These topics are discussed in relation to relevant literature in sociology.

SO 408
The Changing American Family: Traditional and Non-traditional (3)
An analysis of the modern American family emphasizing dating, marrying, childrearing, divorce, historical changes, non-traditional family patterns, and the influence of contemporary society.

SO 416
Field Experience in Gerontology (3)
Students learn to apply principles from the classroom in agencies that serve aging clients. The purpose of this is to provide field experience exposure to the needs and the problems of older persons. Students learn firsthand how these problems are addressed in the various agencies. 8 hours per week; 120 hours per semester spent on-site. 
Prerequisites: PS 230; SO 245, PS 415 or an RS course in Pastoral Counseling.

SO 422
Social Psychology (3)
An analysis of the influence of social groups on individual behavior, with special attention to recent research regarding public opinion,  propaganda, intergroup relations, conformity, aggression, prejudice, attraction, leadership, and group dynamics.

SO 423
Crowd and Mass Behavior (3)
Collective behavior resulting from social unrest; the formation and behavior of crowds, mobs, cults and sects; panic and disaster behavior; social movements; types of mass behavior including rumors, fads, and the formation of public opinion.

SO 430
Social Aging: Growing Older in 21st Century America (3)
A study of the physical, societal, anthropological, and psychological aspects of aging and of the institutional alternatives for the care of the elderly in our society.

SO 434
Research Methods (3)
Research concepts, ethics, and designs are examined. Social work majors focus on their application to social work practice, especially the single-subject design. Sociology students develop a research design for an appropriate topic.
Prerequisites: SO 338; MA 212.

SO 441
Class, Age, and Gender Inequality (3)
An analysis of class, status and power in American society; causes and consequences of class and social inequality including gender, age and ethnic discrimination; factors that have kept women subordinate to men in the family and labor force.

SO 451, 452
Seminar Topics in Contemporary Social Issues (3, 3)
Current problems and issues in sociology are discussed in an effort to help students integrate theoretical information with the complexities of their practical application.

SO 461, 462
Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)
Independent study program on selected topics. Discussions with faculty advisor. Permission of department chair required.

SO 475, 476
Academic Internship (1-6)
An off-campus learning experience to provide the student with the opportunity to relate academic and educational goals to learning experiences and situations beyond the limits of the classroom.

SO 288, 488
Special Topics (3, 3)

SO 199, 299, 399, 499
External Learning Assessment (credit varies)
Measurable and verifiable learning which has occurred outside of the traditional classroom. Numerical designation indicates level of proficiency in the topic. Courses for which there is an exact Ursuline College equivalent are listed by the appropriate numerical designation. “PL” is listed before all course titles for which credit is granted through external learning assessment.