Department of Sociology and Social Work
Department Chair: Steve Stokes
Department Secretary: Donna Seeber (208) 0 -
Department Faculty: Steven HayDon JensenJack ReinwandStephen SmithSteve StokesMike TatumGrover Wray

 
Introduction
Sociology and social work studies are concerned with the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Subject matter ranges from the immediate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, and from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.

The mission of the Sociology and Social Work Department is:
  • Help General Education students gain an appreciation for the social and cultural influences affecting them, their families and society.
  • Prepare majors for advanced study and careers in the fields of sociology, social work, criminology, and anthropology.
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to successful human interaction and function pertaining to society, culture, the social environment, and social justice.
     
  • Career Opportunities
    A degree in sociology prepares students for higher education with eventual careers in teaching, organizational development, or research. A Criminology emphasis is offered to those seeking careers with law enforcement agencies at the state, local, or federal level; with the courts or with corrections, probation or parole. Opportunities also exist in the military and in private security. A social work degree will prepare students planning for careers as case workers for juvenile delinquents, mental health clients or children's services. The department also offers a limited number of courses in anthropology, the study of humankind. These courses are designed to expand the students' understanding of themselves in relation to other cultures and ideas.
     
    Social Work Accreditation
    The Social Work program at BYU-Idaho is NOT currently accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Social Work program is pursuing candidacy status with CSWE which is one of the first steps in the accreditation process. Students should be aware that there are some inherent risks in attending a non-accredited baccalaureate social work (BSW) program, relative to transfer or eventual social work licensing. The Social Work program at BYU-Idaho, like many programs on campus, is in a transitional process. We anticipate Fall 2003 for admission of the first Junior class. The Social Work program will still not be fully accredited, (a program usually remains in candidacy status for one to three years), until it attains initial accreditation. (Please see a Social Work advisor if you feel you need more information or details).
     
    Social Work Application Process
    Being a declared Social Work major does not automatically admit a student into the Social Work Program.

    Application will be required for admission to the BSW Program; the following will be required:
    Second semester Sophomore standing, completion of most general education requirements, cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, a statement of psychological well-being, three letters of reference, and a personal autobiography (two pages or less). In addition the following prerequisite course work: Social Work 260, Sociology 111 or 112 with grades of B or better, Human Biology, Statistics 221, Psychology 111 with grades of C or better. Please see the Social Work Office in Clarke 344 for application materials.
     
    Program Description


     
    B.S.  in Social Work (500)   
    No double counting of major courses.

    General Education Requirements

    For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
    Take these Courses    
    BIO 264
    MATH 221
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    ENG 311, 315, 316
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SOC 111, 112
     
    Major Requirements
       
    Requirement 1:

    Take these Courses    
    HS 460
    PSYCH 111, 342
    SW 260, 311, 340, 362, 364, 366, 367, 400, 462, 463, 464, 465, 470
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    CHILD 320
    SOC 383
     
    AND
    Take 3 Courses    
    CHILD 210, 330, 440
    COMM 120, 350
    FAML 360, 460
    HS 280, 351
    IS 140
    PSYCH 201, 235
    RL 320, 370
    SIGN 101, 102
    SOC 111, 112, 301, 323, 330, 347, 350, 357, 360, 370, 403, 440, 443, 451, 460

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take this Course    
    SW 498R


     
    B.S.  in Sociology (780)   

    General Education Requirements

    For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
    Take these Courses    
    MATH 221
    SOC 111
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    ENG 311, 315, 316
     
    Major Requirements
       
    Take these Courses    
    SOC 112, 293, 323, 340, 370, 403
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SOC 495, 498
     
    AND
    Take 6 Courses    
    ANTH 101
    SOC 311, 330, 347, 350, 357, 360, 383, 440, 443, 451, 460
    SW 260

    Emphasis in Criminology  (51)   
    Take these Courses    
    SOC 330, 443
     
    AND
    Take 2 Courses    
    SOC 120, 205, 206, 301, 303, 402


     
    B.A.  in Social Work (515)   
    No double counting of major courses.

    General Education Requirements

    For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
    Take these Courses    
    BIO 264
    MATH 221
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    ENG 311, 315, 316
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SOC 111, 112
     
    Major Requirements
       
    Requirement 1:

    Take these Courses    
    HS 460
    PSYCH 111, 342
    SW 260, 311, 340, 362, 364, 366, 367, 400, 462, 463, 464, 465, 470
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    CHILD 320
    SOC 383
     
    AND
    Take 3 Courses    
    CHILD 210, 330, 440
    COMM 120, 350
    FAML 360, 460
    HS 280, 351
    IS 140
    PSYCH 201, 235
    RL 320, 370
    SIGN 101, 102
    SOC 111, 112, 301, 323, 330, 347, 350, 357, 360, 370, 403, 440, 443, 451, 460

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take this Course    
    SW 498R


     
    B.A.  in Sociology (785)   

    General Education Requirements

    For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
    Take these Courses    
    MATH 221
    SOC 111
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    ENG 311, 315, 316
     
    Major Requirements
       
    Take these Courses    
    SOC 112, 293, 323, 340, 370, 403
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SOC 495, 498
     
    AND
    Take 6 Courses    
    ANTH 101
    SOC 311, 330, 347, 350, 357, 360, 383, 440, 443, 451, 460
    SW 260

    Emphasis in Criminology  (52)   
    Take these Courses    
    SOC 330, 443
     
    AND
    Take 2 Courses    
    SOC 120, 205, 206, 301, 303, 402



    Minor in  Sociology (129)   

    Take all of these Courses    
    SOC 111, 112

    AND
    Take 5 Courses    
    ANTH 101
    SOC 120, 206, 301, 303, 311, 323, 330, 340, 347, 350, 357, 360, 370, 383, 402, 403, 440, 443, 451, 460
    SW 260
     
    Course Descriptions

    ANTH 101 Inroduction to Cultural Anthropology (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
    Anthropological approaches and perspectives on humans, their culture, and their society; early and prehistoric humans. Basic concepts for analyzing cultural behavior. Comparison on non Western with Western societies.
     
    SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
    This course focuses on the social and cultural foundations of human life. Its basic concepts enable the students to appreciate the degree to which they and others are molded and shaped by society, and to understand the complexity of the social forces in their environment.
     
    SOC 112 Social Problems (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
    This course is designed to acquaint the student with current social problems and suggests possible means of prevention and/or solution.
     
    SOC 120 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3:3:0)
    The philosophy and history of criminal justice, overview of crime and police problems; organization and functions of law enforcement, courts, probation, pardon and parole. Survey of professional career opportunities and qualifications required.
     
    SOC 205 Criminal Investigations (3:3:0)
    Techniques and practices of criminal investigation, scientific crime detection, interview and interrogation techniques, Laws of arrest, search and seizure. Crime scene search, evidence collection and preservations.
     
    SOC 206 Police in American Society (3:3:0)
    Role of enforcement in our society. Analysis of police procedures and practices. Patrol methods and techniques.
     
    SOC 293 Applied Sociology Seminar (1:1:0)
    This course is designed to introduce students to the sociology major and provide them professional preparation for continuing scholarship and careers.
     
    SOC 301 Administration of Justice (3:3:0)
    Purpose, function, and history of the courts, dealing with the administration of justice. A seminar approach will be used.
     
    SOC 303 Criminal Procedures (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Introductory courses should have been completed before enrollment.
    This course examines case law as it relates to constitutional liberties or court police procedures.
     
    SOC 311 Family Interaction (3:3:0)
    Analyzes the effect of modern American society on successful marriage. Family roles such as father, mother, child, adolescent, and aged are examined in connection with the problems each faces in modern society.
     
    SOC 323 Race and Ethnic Relations (3:3:0)
    This course considers historic as well as present day relationships of racial and ethnic groups. The students analyze prejudices and discriminatory practices, their causes and influences.
     
    SOC 330 Criminology (3:3:0)
    A study of crime and its causation with an overview of the crime problem from a theoretical approach.
     
    SOC 340 Research Methods (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
    Qualitative and quantitative designs. Problem formulation, data collection, analysis, writing, and presenting results.
     
    SOC 347 People and Culture of Native Americans (3:3:0)
    This course will investigate the role of culture in all aspects of life of Native Americans, including political and historical perspectives, impact of geography, religion, art, medicine, folkways, customs, traditions, celebrations, and family life. Students will become aware and gain an appreciation of the diversity of life and society of the Native Americans.
     
    SOC 350 Social Psychology (3:3:0)
    An in-depth view of the psychology of the inner person and what it means to be human. The emphasis is on the complex interplay between the individual and society in the formation of self concept, attitudes, and the way in which he/she perceives others.
     
    SOC 357 Human Relations and Leadership (3:3:0)
    The basic knowledge and skills necessary to lead and participate effectively in small groups are presented. Leadership skills are enhanced through understanding self, interpersonal relations and small groups. Students are expected to participate in small group experiences.
     
    SOC 360 Religion's Impact on Society (3:3:0)
    A study of the major religions in the US and their impact on human behavior.
     
    SOC 370 Social Stratification (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Soc 111 and 112 strongly recommended.
    A sociological approach to the dilemma of power, economic and status differentiations in American society.
     
    SOC 383 Juvenile Delinquency (3:3:0)
    The nature, extent, causes, treatment and prevention of delinquency as well as the adjudication process will be considered. Social causes and solutions are emphasized.
     
    SOC 402 Criminal Law (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Introductory courses should be taken before this course.
    Elements of criminal law, analysis of police power, functions of prosecutor and defense, case law and statutory definitions
     
    SOC 403 Sociological Theory (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
    Survey and appraisal of major schools of sociological thought at present, with an examination of areas of change and controversy emphasizing recent significant sociological contributions.
     
    SOC 430 Family and Community Relationships (3:3:0)
    Perspective on providing family-focused early intervention, with emphasis on communicating with families, empowering parents, developing family and professional partnerships, interagency collaboration, and accessing and linking families and community resources.
     
    SOC 440 Corrections (3:3:0)
    An overview and critical analysis of contemporary correctional theory and practice. Historical, traditional, innovative, and future aspects of corrections as well as critical issues such as prisoners' rights, death penalty, unions, and institutions, and correctional careers will be discussed.
     
    SOC 443 Victimology (3:3:0)
    This course focuses on victims rather than offenders in the justice system.
     
    SOC 451 Self and Society (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Soc 111
    This course is designed to explore the social bases of self-concept and definition. The social nature of the SELF is key to self-understanding and adoption to the social world of which we are all ultimately a part. The imprint of socialization, e.g. (the process whereby individuals learn and internalize their attitudes, values, and behaviors to function as social beings and responsive participating members of society), ensures that the individual will develop an identity, or self.
     
    SOC 460 Urban Sociology (3:3:0)
    The changing nature of social life as it has moved from predominantly rural to urban patterns. Significant events that have led to urbanization.
     
    SOC 495 Senior Research in Sociology (3:3:0)
    Individual studies of topics under the direction of a faculty member.
     
    SW 260 Introduction to Social Work (3:3:0)
    Social welfare as a social institution and the emergence of social work as a profession with its various fields of practice.
     
    SW 311 Family Interaction (3:3:0)
    Analyzes the effect of modern American society on successful marriage. Family roles such as father, mother, child, adolescent, and aged are examined in connection with the problems each faces in modern society.
     
    SW 340 Research Methods (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
    Qualitative and quantitative designs. Problem formulation, data collection, statistical analysis, writing, and presenting results.
     
    SW 362 Social Service Practice 1-Individuals (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 360
    To introduce, explore, and blend knowledge values and skills used by social workers. Methods of social work practice within a generalized framework.
     
    SW 364 Social Service Practice II-Group (3:0:0)
    Knowlege, value, skills and ethics as applied to small group work sw practice; identify and understand group dynamics.
     
    SW 367 Human Behavior in Social Environment (3:3:0)
    This course introduces social works' perspective on human behavior and the social environment. Life span development within the context of human and social systems theory are studied.
     
    SW 400 Values & Ethics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 360 SW 362 SW 364
    An overview of values and principles of ethical decision making for social workers using the NASW Code of Ethics as a backdrop.
     
    SW 463 Child Welfare Services (3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: SW362 or instructor's consent
    Theory and practice of child protection, adoption, foster care, etc.
     
    SW 464 Intervention Diverse Clients (3:3:0)
    This course is to develop competency for generalist social work practice with diverse clients. This includes improving self-awareness, gaining knowledge of racial/ethnic groups, and identifying skills for conducting multi-level social work practice based on client cultural reality.
     
    SW 465 Community Mental Health (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Soc 111 or 112 SW 260 SW 364
    Biopsychosocial aspects of emotional maladjustments. The history of community mental health, various aspects of assessment, social causations, treatments and preventions of mental illness.
     
    SW 470 Populations at Risk (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 260 Soc 111 or 112 Soc 323 or SW 464
    An overview of special risk populations. The role of the social workers in risk assessment, obtaining resources, intervention and evaluation.
     
    SW 498 Senior Intern in Social Work (5:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Social work major, senior class standing. SW 360, SW 362, SW 364, SW 367, SW 462 and permission of instructor.
    Supervised field experience in a social service agency. Supervision by a social worker. Experience and intervention to apply knowledge, values and practice skills in actual social work settings.