The Social Science Division offers courses in the areas of Criminal Justice, Geography, Government, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. These courses provide students with a broad cultural background for developing personal and professional competence, intelligent curiosity and integrity, and an understanding of people of the society in which they live.
The colleges and universities offering a bachelor degree in these related fields of study
may vary in some requirements. See the adviser for these programs and refer to specific
college and university catalogs for course acceptance verification.
Dr. Ronald Bishop
Chair, Social Science Division
Philosophy; Religion, History
Jones Hall Room 152
Jones Hall Room 153
Jones Hall Room 253
Geography, History, Geospatial Technology
Jones Hall Room 160
Jones Hall Room 154
Political Science, Psychology
Jones Hall Room 156
Jones Hall Room 158
Jones Hall Room 254
Jones Hall Room 162
Jones Hall Room 155
Jones Hall Room 252
CRJ 1313 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
History, development, and philosophy of law enforcement in a democratic society, introduction to agencies involved in the administration of criminal justice; career orientation. Three semester hours credit.
CRJ 1323 – Police Administration and Organization
Principles of organization and administration in law enforcement as applied to the law enforcement agencies; introduction to concepts of organizational behavior. Three semester hours credit.
CRJ 1363 – Introduction to Corrections
An overview of the correctional field; its origins, historical and philosophical background, development, current status, relationship with other facets of the criminal justice system and future prospects. Three semester hours credit.
CRJ 1383 – Criminology
The nature and significance of criminal behavior. Theories, statistics, trends, and programs concerning criminal behavior. Three semester hours credit.
CRJ 2333 – Criminal Investigation
Fundamentals, search and recording, collection and preservation of evidence, finger printing, photograph sources of information, interviews and interrogation. Three semester hours credit.
CRJ 2513 – Juvenile Justice
Prerequisite: CRJ 2333. The role of police in juvenile delinquency and control. Organization, functions, and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies. Processing, detention, and disposition of cases. Statutes and court procedures applied to juveniles. Three semester hours credit.
GEO 1113 – World Geography
A regional survey of the basic geographic features and major new developments of the nations of the world. Three semester hours credit.
GEO 1123 – Principles of Geography
A course which deals with the basic content of geography, planetary relationships of the earth, interpretation and use of maps, elements of weather and climate, regional distribution of climatic elements and the interrelationship of man’s physical and cultural landscapes.
GEO 2313 - Maps and Remote Sensing
Prerequisite of GEO 1113 or 1123 required. Fundamental principles of cartography and remote sensing, including types and applications. Attention is given to interpretation of surface features, environmental problem solving, and environmental planning. Three semester hours credit.
HIS 1113 – Western Civilization I
A general survey of European History from ancient times to the mid-seventeenth century. Three semester hours credit.
HIS 1123 – Western Civilization II
A general survey of European History since the seventeenth century. Three semester hours credit.
HIS 2213 – American History I
This is a survey of American (U.S.) History from pre-history through Reconstruction. Three semester hours credit.
HIS 2223 – American History II
This course is a survey of U.S. History from Reconstruction to the present. Three semester hours credit.
HIS 2813 - Special Topics in History/Social Studies
Topics will vary from semester to semester. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer expansion upon subject matter areas covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years.) Three semester hours credit
PHI 1113 – Old Testament Survey
The student will survey the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) with regard to its worth as a literacy work, along with significant dates, themes, concepts and contributions of its characters to that history and literature. Three semester hours credit.
PHI 1133 – New Testament Survey
A study of the New Testament covering the life of Jesus of Nazareth and the establishment of the early church as presented in the Gospels, Acts, and other New Testament books. Three Semester hours credit.
PHI 2113 – Introduction to Philosophy
An introduction to major themes and history of the discipline of Philosophy with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills. Three semester hours credit.
PHI 2143 – Ethics
An introduction to moral philosophy with the investigation of some moral problems. Three semester hours credit.
PHI 2613 – World Religions
Examination of the beliefs and development of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and other religious traditions. Three semester hours credit.
PSY 1513 – General Psychology
An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. This includes history and theories of psychology, research methods, biological bases of behavior, the principles of learning, personality and abnormal behavior. Three semester hours credit.
PSY 2513 – Child Psychology
A study of the various aspects of human growth and development during childhood. Topics include physical, psychosocial and cognitive development from conception into emerging adolescence. Three semester hours credit.
PSY 2523 – Adolescent Psychology
A study of human growth and development during adolescence. This includes physical, cognitive and psychosocial development. Three semester hours credit.
PSY 2533 – Human Growth and Development
A study of human growth and development from conception through late adulthood, including death and dying. Topics include physical, psychosocial and cognitive development. Three semester hours credit.
PSY 2553 – Psychology of Personal Adjustment
A course to aid in developing an understanding of personal adjustment with emphasis placed on personal issues through life, love and relationships, wellness, and career exploration. Three semester hours credit.
SOC 2113 – Introduction to Sociology
This course introduces the scientific study of human society and social interaction. Social influences on individuals and groups are examined. Three semester hours credit.
SOC 2133 – Social Problems
A study of the nature, scope, and effects of major social problems of today and the theoretical preventive measures to alleviate them. Three semester hours credit.
SOC 2143 – Marriage and Family
A study of the family as a cultural unit, the institution of marriage, the problems of parenthood and of social-economic adjustments to society. Three semester hours credit.
SWK 1113 – Social Work: A Helping Profession
This course exposes students to a “helping” profession that plays a central role in addressing human needs. Students are exposed to personal/lived experiences of social work clients and successes of “real” social workers in respective practices such as mental health, child welfare, disaster, corrections, faithbased, military, international relief, and industry. Three semester hours credit.