Department of Sociology and Social Work
Department Chair: Grover Wray
Department Secretary: Donna Seeber (208) 0 -
Department Faculty: Steven HayDon JensenMartin McDonellJack 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:
  • Prepare majors to incorporate Christian service into their careers and personal lives.
  • 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 may be taken by 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.
     
    Criminology
    Crimonology is an area of study within Sociology; no degree is offered. However, students who choose to take Soc 330 and 443 and three other courses related to criminology will receive a certificate from the department.
     
    Pre-Law
    Sociology or Criminology are choices for students desiring to take the LSAT (Law School Aptitude Test) and apply for law school. Students may choose other majors such as English, History, Accounting, Business, etc.
     
    Social Work Program Mission
    The mission of the BYU-Idaho Social Work Program is to support the overall mission of BYU-Idaho and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and to help students develop knowledge to become competent and effective communicators and professional social workers for generalist social work practice and Christian service with individuals, groups, families, communities, and society.
    To help students of diverse interest and abilities to use and integrate social work historically grounded purposes, philosophy, knowledge, values, supervision, consultation, and skills for leadership in the evaluation and development of social poicy, social service delivery systems, professional employment, and for their roles as citizens and parents. To promote economic and social justice and prepare graduates to work within the context of their clients' specific cultures.
     
    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
    Only students accepted into the Social Work Program are Social Work majors.
    Freshmen and Sophomore students choose a major of their choice (e.g. usually General Education, Sociology, or some other social science discipline). Students fulfill G.E. and Social Work prerequisite course work during their Freshmen and Sophomore years and make application to the program during the second semester of their Sophomore year.
    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 Bio 230 or 264, Statistics 221, Psychology 111 with grades of C- or better. Please access the application online at www2.byui.edu/socialwork/.
     
    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
    Requirement 1:

    Take this Course    
    MATH 221

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take 1 Course    
    BIO 230, 264
     
    AND
    English 315 is recommended
    Take 1 Course    
    ENG 311, 315, 316
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SOC 111, 112

     
    Major Requirements
       
    Requirement 1:

    Take all of these Courses    
    HS 460
    PSYCH 111, 342
    SW 260, 311, 340, 362, 364, 365, 367, 400, 463, 464, 465, 466, 470
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    CHILD 320
    SOC 383
     
    AND
    Take this course twice
    Take 10 Credits    
    SW 498

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take 3 Courses    
    ARAB 101, 102
    CHILD 210, 330, 440
    CHIN 101, 102
    COMM 150, 350
    FAML 360, 460
    FR 101, 102
    GER 101, 102
    HEB 101, 102
    HS 280, 351
    IS 140
    PSYCH 201, 235
    RL 320, 370
    RUSS 101, 102
    SIGN 101, 102
    SOC 111, 112, 210, 301, 323, 330, 347, 350, 357, 360, 370, 403, 440, 443, 451, 460
    SPAN 101, 102


     
    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
     
    Major Requirements
       
    Take these Courses    
    SOC 112, 293, 323, 340, 370, 403
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SOC 495, 498
     
    AND
    Take 7 Courses    
    ANTH 101
    CHILD 210
    HS 460
    POLSC 280, 311
    PSYCH 111, 342
    SOC 120, 204, 205, 206, 210, 301, 303, 311, 330, 340, 347, 350, 357, 360, 383, 402, 430, 440, 443, 451, 460
    SW 260, 311, 340, 367


     
    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
    Requirement 1:

    Take this Course    
    MATH 221

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take 1 Course    
    BIO 230, 264
     
    AND
    English 315 is recommended
    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, 365, 367, 400, 463, 464, 465, 466, 470
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    CHILD 320
    SOC 383
     
    AND
    Take 3 Courses    
    CHILD 210, 330, 440
    COMM 150, 350
    FAML 360, 460
    HS 280, 351
    IS 140
    PSYCH 201, 235
    RL 320, 370
    SIGN 101, 102
    SOC 111, 112, 210, 301, 323, 330, 347, 350, 357, 360, 370, 403, 440, 443, 451, 460

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take this course twice
    Take 10 Credits    
    SW 498


     
    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
     
    Major Requirements
       
    Take these Courses    
    SOC 112, 293, 323, 340, 370, 403
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SOC 495, 498
     
    AND
    Take 7 Courses    
    ANTH 101
    CHILD 210
    HS 460
    POLSC 280, 311
    PSYCH 111, 342
    SOC 120, 204, 205, 206, 210, 301, 303, 311, 330, 340, 347, 350, 357, 360, 383, 402, 430, 440, 443, 451, 460
    SW 260, 311, 340, 367



    Minor in  Sociology (129)   

    Take all of these Courses    
    SOC 111, 112

    AND
    Take 5 Courses    
    ANTH 101
    SOC 120, 204, 205, 206, 207, 210, 301, 303, 311, 323, 330, 340, 347, 350, 357, 360, 370, 383, 402, 403, 430, 440, 443, 451, 460
    SW 260
     
    Course Descriptions

    ANTH 101 Introduction 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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    ANTH 290R Special Topics in Anthropology (1-4:0:0)
    The department will determine special areas of study that will benefit the anthropology students in giving them additional preparation related to the field.
    (On demand)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SOC 203 Campus Officer Training (2:2:0)
    This course provides students with a basic understanding of essential job duties and functions of campus officers. The course is outlined by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. A certificate of completion is issued.
    (Winter)
     
    SOC 204 Reserve Officer Training (4:3:1)
    Prerequisite: Acceptance into Reserve Acadamy
    This course is to give credit to students taking the Reserve Academy as a requirement for employment with Campus Police.
    (Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall odd years)
     
    SOC 206 Police in American Society (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Intro to Criminology is suggested.
    Role of Law Enforcement in our society. Analysis of police procedures and practices.
    (Winter, Fall even years)
     
    SOC 207 Wildlife Law and Enforcement (3:3:0)
    In depth analysis of legal mandates, (Federal & State) from a resource protection paradigm. Review of environmental law and evidence collection in relation to the atmosphere associated with the judicial system. Description of field techniques for evidence collection, case investigation and arrest.
    (Winter)
     
    SOC 210 Child Development & Sociology (3:3:0)
    A theoretical, academically oriented course focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child from conception through adolescence. Influences of family, peers, and social institutions on the child's development. Observations in the child lab may be required.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SOC 290R Special topics in Criminal Justice (1-4:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    The department will determine special areas of study that will benefit criminal justice students in giving them additional preparation related to the field. Term of enrollment, credit and other details will be arranged by the department and the instructor.
    (On demand)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SOC 298 Internship in Criminal Justice (1-4:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    To provide students with an exposure to the world of work in an active justice agency.
    (On demand)
     
    SOC 301 Administration of Justice (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Completion or current enrollment in English 315. Introductory courses should have been taken before this course.
    Purpose, function, and history of the courts, dealing with the administration of justice. A seminar approach will be used.
    (Winter, Fall odd years)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall even years)
     
    SOC 311 Family Interaction (3:3:0)
    Traces the historical development of the modern American family and, using major sociological theoretical perspectives, examines the impact of society upon the family and the major elements of family life.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SOC 330 Criminology (3:3:0)
    A study of crime and its causation with an overview of the crime problem from a theoretical approach.
    (Winter, (Fall odd years),( Summer even years))
     
    SOC 340 Research Methods (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor, Math 221
    Qualitative and quantitative designs. Problem formulation, data collection, analysis, writing, and presenting results.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall odd years)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall odd years)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SOC 383 Juvenile Delinquency (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Soc 111 or Soc 112 recommended
    The nature, extent, causes, treatment and prevention of delinquency as well as the adjudication process will be considered. Social causes and solutions are emphasized.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SOC 402 Criminal Law (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Introductory courses should be taken before this course. English 315 should have been completed or be concurrently enrolled.
    Elements of criminal law, analysis of police power, functions of prosecutor and defense, case law and statutory definitions.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SOC 443 Victimology (3:3:0)
    This course focuses on victims rather than offenders in the justice system.
    (Winter, (Fall even years),(Summer odd years))
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Summer)
     
    SOC 490R Special Topics in Sociology (1-3:3:0)
    The department will determine special areas of study that will benefit the Sociology students in giving them additional preparation related to the field. Term of enrollment, credit and other details will be arranged by the department and the instructor.
    (On demand)
     
    SOC 495 Senior Research in Sociology (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor Should be a 1st or 2nd semester senior majoring in Sociology.
    Individual studies of topics under the direction of a faculty member.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SOC 498 Senior Internship in Sociology (1-4:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor Should be a 1st or 2nd semester senior majoring in Sociology.
    This course will give students work experience in areas of sociology and criminology.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SW 298 Internship in Social Work (2:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor Two hours per week per credit hour May be repeated for credit
    This course is designed to give students actual field experience in Social Work. Field placements are available for students to gain this experience, thus enabling the students to appraise both their capabilities and desire to enter the Social Work field. Supervision is provided by the instructional staff of the college and/or the cooperative agencies.
    (On demand)
     
    SW 311 Family Interaction (3:3:0)
    Traces the historical development of the modern American family and, using major sociological theoretical perspectives, examines the impact of society upon the family and the major elements of family life.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SW 340 Research Methods (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor, Math 221
    Qualitative and quantitative designs. Problem formulation, data collection, statistical analysis, writing, and presenting results.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SW 362 Social Service Practice 1-Individuals (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 260
    To introduce, explore, and blend knowledge values and skills used by social workers. Methods of Social Work practice within a generalized framework.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SW 364 Social Service Practice II-Group (3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 260
    Knowlege, value, skills and ethics as applied to small group work SW practice; identify and understand group dynamics.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SW 365 Social Service Practice III-Community/Macro (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 260, SW 362, SW 364
    This class prepares students with knowledge, values, skills, and ethics for macro level generalist social work practice. Topics: community, social planning, social action, locality organizational development.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SW 367 Human Behavior in Social Environment (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
    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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SW 400 Values & Ethics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 260
    An overview of values and principles of ethical decision making for Social Workers using the NASW Code of Ethics as a backdrop.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SW 463 Child Welfare Services (3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 362 or permission of instructor
    Theory and practice of child protection, adoption, foster care, etc.
    (Winter, Summer even years, Fall)
     
    SW 464 Intervention Diverse Clients (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
    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.
    (Winter, Summer odd years, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SW 466 Social Welfare Policy (3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: SW 260
    Social legislation processess; analysis of social policy and the knowledge available to social workers for involvement in social planning and policy change.
    (Winter, Summer odd years, Fall)
     
    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.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SW 490R Special Topics (1-3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
    The department will determine special areas of study that will benefit social work students in giving them additional preparation related to the field. Term of enrollment, credit and other details will be arranged by the department and the instructor.
    (On demand)
     
    SW 498 Senior Intern in Social Work (5:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Social work major, senior class standing. SW 260, SW 362, SW 364, SW 365, SW 367 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.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall starting Fall 04)