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Sociology Transfer AA

Last updated 3/11/2014

Associate in Arts Code 1016

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Bruce LeBlanc, 309-796-5431, leblancb@bhc.edu
Marcie Phillis, 309-796-5439, phillism@bhc.edu
Krisann Bergo, 309-796-5425, bergok@bhc.edu
East Campus
Vashti Berry, 309-854-1711, berryv@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in sociology at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a sociology major, students should consult with a sociology faculty advisor for additional information.

This curriculum provides a broad perspective on the human social condition and skills essential to any educated person. Students will study various theories of socialization and patterns of cultural development. Emphasis is placed on social interaction in groups, organizations, and social institutions. Students who complete this curriculum should have a much better understanding of how social conditions influence human behavior. Students will also have a solid foundation upon which to build a sociology major at a four-year school.

Students who complete a degree in sociology may eventually be employed as workers in human service-related fields. A degree in sociology may prepare students for entry into professional study in such areas as business, law, theology and social work.

Courses for this program include: »

ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to culture, as an adaptive mechanism that provides for the survival of the human species that encompasses social organization, technology, economics, religion, and language as used by various peoples, in both traditional and technologically advanced societies. IAI: SI 901N

BIOL 101 General Human Biology
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Intended for non-science majors. Primary organism of study is the human with current biological principles stressed. Includes cell organization, diseases of the human, development, genetics and ecology. IAI: L1 904L

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

HIST 127 Western Civilization II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 125 not required for enrollment.
Surveys expansion of Western civilization since the 17th century. Examines the age of kings, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the development of nationalism and industrialism, and the rising tide of violence in the 20th century. Particular emphasis is given to the spread of Western ideas and institutions throughout the world. IAI: H2 902

LIB 250 Field Study
1-4 cr. hrs.;
0.5-2 lecture hrs; 2.5-18 lab hrs per week.
Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
For the student with a special interest or educational need that is related to a job or a work setting and who wishes to complete a practicum within the area. A weekly seminar meeting is included.

MATH 108 Statistics for General Education
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate initial placement score (within the last 6 months) or MATH 086 or 090 or 091 “C” or better and Math 085.
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. Descriptive methods (frequency distributions, graphing and measures of location and variation), basic probability theory (sample spaces, counting, factorials, combinations, permutations, and probability laws), probability distributions (normal distributions and normal curve, binomial distributions, and random samples and sampling techniques), statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing, t-test, and chi-square test, and errors), correlation and regression, and f-test and analysis of variance. IAI: M1 902

PHIL 103 Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Presents an introduction to the moral problems of society with an emphasis on concepts and systems. IAI: H4 904

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

PSYC 230 Social Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
A systematic introduction to theory and research on the ways social factors influence individual and group behavior. Examines attitudes, social perception, the establishment of norms, conformity, leadership, group dynamics, and research methods, emphasizing their effects on the individual. IAI: S8 900

SOC 101  Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.

Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SOC 102 Contemporary Social Problems
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Analysis of contemporary social problems and investigation of theories on social organization and conflict. Explores the genesis, significance, and amelioration of social problems. IAI: S7 901

SOC 210 Contemporary Urban Institutions
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or instructor consent.
A survey of the structure and functions of urban communities.

SOC 222 Introduction to Social Work
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or instructor consent.
Introductory survey of social work in the context of the social welfare services and policies, including their historical origins, conceptual framework, and contemporary foci. Overviews principal social work values, codes of ethics, practice methods, research considerations, and policy issues. Emphasizes the unique experiences of diverse and at-risk population groups facing various social challenges.

SOC 230 Sociology of Sex and Gender
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or instructor consent.
Provides a framework for understanding the sources and consequences of gender and sex role in the economy, family, education, and other social institutions.

SOC 250 Minority Relations
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines racial, ethnic, and gender minorities. A comprehensive overview of major sociological theories regarding interaction between dominant and minority groups and an investigation of the experiences of minorities in the United States. IAI: S7 903D

SOC 251 Marriage and the Family
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC 101.
Survey of the contemporary family in historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Includes trends in mate selection, marriage, child-rearing, employment, gender roles, and communication within the family. IAI: S7 902

SOC 255 Social Statistics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: SOC 101 or PSYC 101; Math 086 or 091 or college level math COMPASS score.
Application and interpretation of basic statistics used in the behavioral sciences including descriptive statistics and an introduction to inferential statistics.

SOC 261 Deviant Behavior
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The sociological study of the origins, causes, control and definitions of deviance and deviant behavior. Includes criminality, mental disorders, drug use, and sexuality.

SOC 264 Social Psychology of Aging
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Process and consequences of aging; interplay between social and psychological forces and the aging population; psychological dimensions of aging. IAI: S6 905

SOC 270 Sociology of Health
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC 101.
Health care systems and issues in cross-cultural context; dimensions of wellness and illness including mental health, health providers, organizations, and institutions and their relations.

SOC 290 Studies in Sociology
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Focuses on selected topics from a sociological perspective, including such topics as child maltreatment, addictions, juvenile justice, family violence, death and dying, and field studies.

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology (3)
Physical Science (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)

Second Semester
ANTH 102 — Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Fine Arts (3)
1Sociology Elective (3)

Third Semester
2Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
4Life Sciences (4)
PHIL 103 — Ethics (3)
PSYC 230 — Social Psychology (3)
1Sociology Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
LIB 250 — Field Study (3)
3Mathematics (3)
1Sociology Electives (6)
Electives (6)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Recommended: SOC 102, SOC 250, SOC 251 (General Education Core Curriculum).
Suggested: SOC 210, SOC 222, SOC 230, SOC 255, SOC 261, SOC 264, SOC 270, SOC 290
2Suggested: HIST 127
3Recommended: MATH 108
4Recommended: BIOL 101 (Life Science lab course)