Area of Emphasis: Human Services

Individuals interested in a career in Human Services will be in high demand in the 21st Century. The changes set in motion in the latter years of the 20th Century, the reduced government appropriations for human services and the heightened demand for such services, require that persons delivering human services be prepared with the skills necessary in this new environment. The dismantling of the welfare state, the shifting of the policy role to state and local governments and the appearance of managed care strategies combine to redefine the skills necessary for Human Services professionals.

To receive an area of emphasis in Human Services, the student must complete 12 credit hours from the Department of Sociology. A sample of courses might include but are not limited to:

SOC 140 Introduction to Sociology (3)
Provides an acquaintance with basic concepts and major figures of the discipline; study of social processes and institutions; relationship of the individual to social structures.

SOC 343 Sociology of Sex Roles (3)
Traces the consequences of being born male or female. Sex roles are viewed as social constructions which influence and, in some cases, define an individual's life. The formulation, transmission, maintenance, and reformulation of sex roles is examined.

SOC 350 Family Communication (3)
This course provides a framework and perspective for analyzing the family as a communication
system. Among topics covered are multi- generational communication, the impact of ethnicity on communication patterns, the role of everyday rituals, the development of intimacy among family members, and family models and family conflict resolution strategies. PR., SOC 140, Permission of instructor

SOC 352 Stepfamilies (3)
This course will assist students in exploring the history of stepfamilies and the challenges faced in developing and maintaining healthy stepfamily relationships. Among topics covered are step- family myths, the couple relationships, financial and legal concerns, stages of stepfamily development, step-parenting, children with step-families, adult stepchildren, and the extended family. PR., SOC 14O or Permission of instructor

SOC 355 Sociology of Death & Dying (3)
A sociological analysis of the meaning and place of death in contemporary society. Attention focused on the factors contributing to the mortality revolution and how this revolution is forcing a econceptualization of dying, death, and bereavement. Cross-cultural, death-management practices, s well as the American way of death, will be examined. Special focus will be concentrated on emerging problems and the process of institutional reformulation in the area of death and dying.

SOC 388 Sociology of the Family in America (3)
A sociological analysis of the family as a basic social institution. Attention focused on the creation, transmission, and reformulation of the rules of sexual behavior, marriage, childbearing, residence, descent, and authority with emphasis on enhancing the ability of individuals to make informed choices.

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