SOCI 3103. Sociological Theory (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with grade of C or higher. This course gives a broad overview of sociological theory that includes both the founders of sociology in the 19th and early 20th centuries and to the theoretical problems with which they struggled. Contemporary theorists will be presented who continue to develop answers to classical problems and who address new and perplexing issues of postmodernism such as radical relativism, queer theory, feminism and multiculturalism. It describes some of the classic concepts and debates in the field including sociocultural system, social structure, function, and conflict; stratification, class, social interaction, individual action, freedom, and determinism; institutions, bureaucracy, values and social change. It includes illustrations of how earlier theorists influence contemporary theories of ethnicity, gender, postmodernism and multiculturalism.
SOCI 3111. Social Research Methods (3-2-4) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of C or higher. The scientific method and the role of theory as applicable to sociological research; quantitative methods; qualitative methods; SPSS and other appropriate data analysis tools; research design, measurement, sampling, and research ethics; research report writing.
SOCI 3117. Race and Ethnic Relations (3-0-3) Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 with a grade of C or higher and any Area E Social Science course. Ways in which race and ethnic factors such as religion and national origin relate to family, education, and power.
SOCI 4796. Sociology Capstone (3-0-3) Prerequisites: Senior status and department approval. This course represents the culmination of your sociological learning experience at Columbus State University. Participation in this course will enhance your knowledge of sociological concepts and terms as well as the sociological research process while allowing you to put those learned skills and knowledge into practice. Students will also be required to take the ETS subject exam in Sociology (i.e., exit exam) which serves as an assessment tool for the sociology program. (S/U grading).