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100. Principles of Sociology (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: A GE Foundation course.
Introduction to the sociological perspective as a tool for understanding society and culture, including the inter-personal, inter-group and global dimensions of social life.

142. Social Trends and Problems (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1) or PSY 130 or equivalent.
Corequisite: One Foundation Class.
General introduction to the study of social trends and problems in American institutions including social inequality crime, health and illness, education, media, environment and war and terrorism. Emphasis is on social problems as products of the socio-historical and global context.
Open to non-majors for General Education credit in Category D.2.B.

161. Introduction to Latin American Studies (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1).
An interdisciplinary overview of history, society, and culture in Latin America – Mexico, Central American, the Caribbean, and South America. Examines the political, economic, social, and cultural conditions for conflict, change, and continuity over the last five hundred years.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as HIST 161 and LAS 161. Not open for credit to students with credit in HIST 161 and LAS 161.

250. Elementary Statistics (4)

Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 142 or instructor consent
Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics and applications in social and behavioral science research, performance of statistical exercises by interactive computer. Emphasis upon knowledge of which statistical tests to use and how to interpret results.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Discussion 3 hr., Lab 2 hrs.) Not open for credit to students with credit in HDEV 250, C/LA 250, ANTH 202, MATH 108, MATH 180 or PSY 110, PSY 210.

260. Introduction to Data Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: SOC 250 or equivalent or instructor consent.
Use of computers and statistical programs to analyze data, prepare research documents, and explore Internet resources. Topics include principles of scientific research, data coding, entry, and editing. Prior course work in statistics or demonstrated knowledge of statistical procedures necessary.
Letter grade only (A-F).

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