Curriculum

Today's job market requires graduates to be more than just experts in their fields.  They need to be able to apply and adapt a wide array of skills and experiences to fit the changing needs of society.  To make sure our students have the knowledge and skills they need to compete in a competitive job market, our psychology curriculum has four main components.

Major Courses: Focus and Depth

These courses provide an opportunity to understand the sociology field in greater depth.  In short, these are the "nuts and bolts" courses you'll need to land a job in the broad field of sociology.

General Education Core

As a career-oriented university with a strong tradition in the liberal arts, Post University is committed to providing you with a firm foundation in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. The general education core at Post University provides you with the ability to make connections across disciplines so you're better prepared to respond to a diverse and constantly changing global marketplace.

The ability to choose those courses that pique your interest is an important feature of the Post General Education Core.  Take a look below at the many options available to you.

Leadership Course

At Post, we are committed to preparing students to be successful in their careers and stand out among their peers. A critical element of this learning process is a leadership course that includes an interdisciplinary perspective on foundations underlying all organizations. These include management, leadership, domestic and international economics, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, marketing, e-commerce, information technology, human resource management, accounting, investments, money and personal finances. The skills learned are essential for success in any career, whether in a for-profit or non-profit business, or government organization. The ability to apply the principles learned in this course will help set Post University students apart as leaders in their fields.

Career and Self-Awareness Core

To be successful in life, people need to understand who they are and what they want to achieve.  Our career program offers seminar classes designed to help students enhance self-awareness, build confidence and develop a strong sense of direction.

This collection of short courses offered during your academic studies is intended to provide you with the experiences to become a self-aware, lifelong learner.  These courses include personal assessment tools with detailed diagnostic feedback including specific career information, computer simulations, self-study exercises as well as in-class discussion and discovery.  All of these activities are supported in the classroom and online through interactive exercises, using a new individualized, career-based resource program available only at Post University.


Internship and Cooperative Education Opportunities

At Post, students can take advantage of a robust internship program and co-op opportunities where they have opportunities to participate in real-life work situations related to their field of study before they graduate. 

Our program can give Post students a real edge over their competition. Not only do they get a chance to put their classroom learning to the test, but they also get opportunities to meet prospective employers, network with people in their field, test-drive their intended career, and build their resumes with concrete examples of how they've made the connection between theory and practice.


B.A. in Sociology Curriculum

 

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts 24 crs
History Elective 3 crs
PHL203 Ethics

PHL203

Ethics - 3 Credits

This course includes an analysis of some of the major classical and contemporary ethical theories. Topics include ethical relativism, ethical absolutism, egoism, natural law, utilitarianism, and situation ethics. Application of ethical theories to moral issues in our society are discussed. Issues of pornography, abortion, euthanasia, affirmative action, capital punishment, and environmental issues may also be discussed.

3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT120 College Algebra

MAT120

College Algebra - 3 Credits

This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.


3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
 
Open Electives 15 crs
  
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 51 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
SOC420 Issues in Contemporary Sociology I

SOC420, SOC421

Issues in Contemporary Sociology I, II - 3 Credits each

These courses focus on special areas of interest, such as sociology of mental illness, death and dying, work and leisure, criminal justice, etc.

Prerequisite: SOC340, SOC341 (for both)


    Prerequisite: SOC340, SOC341 (for both)
3 crs
 
Major Core 27 crs
SOC101 Principles of Sociology

SOC101

Principles of Sociology - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in Sociology and an analysis of culture, socialization, stratification, social organization, class, social interaction, social change, and conflict.

3 crs
SOC211 Sociology of Marriage & Family

SOC211

Sociology of Marriage and the Family - 3 Credits

This course studies the family as an institution: its structures, problems, functions, and changing patterns in an historical and cross-cultural perspective.

Prerequisite: SOC101.

3 crs
SOC260 Social Welfare

SOC260

Social Welfare - 3 Credits

This course examines human needs and the resources made available to assist families and individuals in need. The historical and philosophical roots of social welfare from ancient cultures to contemporary America are considered. The course provides an analysis of social welfare systems including their basic concepts and their economic and political determinants. Cross listed with HSV260.

Prerequisite: SOC101.

3 crs
SOC301 Social Problems

SOC301

Social Problems - 3 Credits

This course is an in-depth study of the major problems confronting society. Some of the problems studied include crime and violence, sexual inequalities and discrimination, health and illness, poverty and affluence, population and pollution, and crises in the institutions of the family, religion, economics, education, and the political system.

Prerequisite: SOC101.


    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC310 Social Stratification

SOC310

Social Stratification - 3 Credits

An examination of the causes and consequences of inequality historically, cross-culturally, in America and around the world, including difference in wealth, power and prestige. Also considered are the factors of race, ethnicity, age, and gender in social inequality.

Prerequisite: SOC101.


    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC312 Race & Ethnicity

SOC312

Race and Ethnicity - 3 Credits

A study of racial and ethnic minorities and immigrant groups in America.  Classic and contemporary sociological theories are used to examine the social structures and cultural ideologies that promote oppression and domination and their impact on the social stratification and the life chances of minority group members.


3 crs
SOC340 Sociological Theory

SOC340

Sociological Theory - 3 Credits

This course traces the development of sociological thought in the Western world from Comte to contemporary social theorists, including Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Parsons, Merton, Goffman, Garfinkle, and Collins.

Prerequisite: SOC101.


    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC341 Research Methods

SOC341

Research Methodology for the Social Sciences - 3 Credits

This course emphasizes the methods and techniques of research in psychology and sociology, including both laboratory and survey techniques. Emphasis is placed on the development of empirical questions from theory, research design and control, construction of survey instruments, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results. Exercises include development of an original research project appropriate to the students' major field.

Prerequisites: MAT220 and either PSY102 or SOC340.


    Prerequisites: MAT220 and either PSY102 or SOC340
3 crs
SOC398 Internship

SOC398, SOC399, SOC400

Internship in Sociology I, II, III - 3 Credits each

This course is a credit-bearing opportunity for students to apply sociology in a professional setting. Internships are arranged individually for each intern, and may include service in a variety of off-campus settings such as hospitals, residential treatment facilities, social welfare agencies, businesses, correctional and parole organizations, etc. To qualify for an internship, students must provide an acceptable written internship proposal, and must secure the cooperation of a faculty supervisor and a field supervisor at the site of the proposed internship. A minimum of 10 hours work per week at the internship site are required. (Students may have three different internship experiences).

Prerequisite: Junior Sociology Major.


    Prerequisite: Junior Sociology Major
3 crs
SOC401 Sociology of the Community

SOC401

Sociology of the Community - 3 Credits

This course is a study of communities from small towns to metropolitan centers, with special emphasis on social stratification and political processes as they affect community life.

Prerequisite: SOC101.

3 crs
 
Directed Electives* (Selected under advisement) 6 crs
 
Concentration 15 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSA101 College Success Seminar

CSA101

Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits

This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.

3 crs
CSA260 Professional Success Seminar

CSA260

Professional Success Seminar - 1 credits

This course will enable students to develop their own individualized plans for personal, academic, and career success. Students will engage in self-evaluation exercises and highly interactive classroom activities to evaluate their own “fit” for certain careers. Students will also participate in resume and cover letter writing activities to prepare for the experiential learning of the next course. Students will establish short-term career goals and begin a career portfolio to be refined during successive semesters.

1 cr
CSA400 Career Capstone

CSA400

Career Capstone - 2 credits

This course is the culmination of the career and self-awareness series, a comprehensive program for career and life planning. The course prepares students for a transition from university life to independent work life. Students will learn valuable financial and money management skills. Students will explore life balance issues, life roles, and self-concept as they relate to their future plans. Students will explore employment issues, such as the changing nature of work, diversity, trends, and job outlook. The course will require students to engage in networking and a job search with the goal of employment upon graduation. In addition, students who are seeking to enter graduate school will engage in the application process, including interviewing practice, and admissions essay writing.

Prerequisite: CSA260


    Prerequisite: CSA260
2 crs
 
Grand Total 120 crs



B.A. in Sociology Concentrations

 

Counseling Services 15 crs
HSV301 Interviewing Methods

HSV301

Interviewing Methods – 3 Credits

This course provides an opportunity to learn basic communication skills and interviewing techniques essential for working with people. An emphasis is placed on developing skills in listening, intake, assessment and evaluation, referral and report writing. Case studies will be used to explore typical presenting problems and appropriate responses.

3 crs
HSV303 Introduction to Counseling

HSV303

Introduction to Counseling – 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles, skills, methods and techniques employed in the counseling process. The focus is on establishing rapport, developing a therapeutic alliance, assessment, conceptualizing strategies for intervention, and the planning and delivering counseling services. The course will also promote exploration into personal values and professional ethics.

3 crs
HSV309 Theo. Counseling & Psychology

HSV309

Theories of Counseling – 3 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the basic concepts, theories and approaches that are applied to human services counseling. Students will compare and contrast the various theories that impact contemporary counseling including analytic, experiential, relational, action-oriented and systems approaches.

3 crs
HSV330 Group Counseling

HSV330

Group Counseling – 3 Credits

This course presents a theoretical foundation for group process and counseling techniques. Students are introduced to the skills and requirements needed for effective group counseling including communication, leadership, problem solving, decision-making, and establishing group membership, norms and goals.

3 crs
HSV368 Crisis Intervention Counseling

HSV368

Crisis Intervention - 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and strategies of crisis theory and practice carried out in a social-psychological and cultural framework. Effective crisis management is explored to learn how people feel, think, and behave during periods of crisis, and what strategies and resources are available to them.

3 crs

 

Health and Community Services 15 crs
SOC317 Alcohol & Drugs

SOC317

Alcohol & Drugs - 3 Credits

This course is concerned with the use patterns, distribution, and social control of drugs and alcohol in modern society. Special emphasis is given to heavy alcohol and drug usage and its impact on such areas as the family, health, crime and delinquency, and work. Cross-cultural comparisons are considered together with intra-cultural factors such as socio-economic patterns, ethnicity, gender, and urbanization. The approach is interdisciplinary and includes contributions from anthropology, social psychology, as well as sociology.

Prerequisite: SOC101.


    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC321 Aging

SOC321

Aging - 3 Credits

This course examines the physical, social, and psychological problems of the aging in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on the concept of Sociology 203 aging from the early twenties throughout the life cycle. Specific attention is given to the relationship of aging to the family, work, and the community in historical and cross-cultural contexts.

Prerequisite: SOC101.


    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC326 Medical Sociology

SOC326

Medical Sociology - 3 Credits

This course applies sociology to the field of medicine: social and cultural factors in the etiology of illness and wellness, the sick role, physician patient relationship, the social organization of the hospital, medical careers, and health care.

Prerequisite: SOC101.


    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 crs
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 crs

 

Security Services 15 crs
SOC322 Criminology

SOC322

Criminology - 3 Credits

This course examines the origin, causes, history, and theories of crime. Special emphasis is placed on the criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment, the careers of law enforcers and criminals, organized “white collar” crime, organized syndicate crime such as the Mafia, and the “victimless crimes” of prostitution, drug addiction, etc.

Prerequisite: SOC101.


    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC330 Juvenile Delinquency

SOC330

Juvenile Delinquency - 3 Credits

An overview of the study of criminal behaviors committed by youthful offenders.  The course includes an examination of the various theoretical frameworks developed to explain causation, rehabilitation and prevention.  The influences of the family, schools, gangs and the criminal justice system are also explored.

3 crs
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 crs
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 crs
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 crs


Universities regularly make changes to the curriculum in order to offer quality and relevant degrees.  Post University reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time.  Any changes to the curriculum will be published as soon as the changes have been approved.