Social Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

GERO303 : Sociocultural Aspects of Aging

This course examines the sociocultural aspects of aging including role and life transitions, relationships, diversity, and unique views of the aging process among major ethnic groups. The course also explores successful aging, quality of life issues, elder abuse, community resources and continuum of care options for the older adult.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology or instructor permission.

GERO310 : Death and Dying

This survey course offers a broad overview of the psychological aspects of death and dying in our society. Topics include attitudes toward and preparation for death; the understanding of and care for terminally ill patients; funeral rituals; burial, mourning and grief practices; grief counseling; suicide and euthanasia. Readings and classroom activities will be supplemented by students' self-exploration and writing on feelings, attitudes, and beliefs about death.

Credits

3

INTL202-2 : Academic Travel Abroad

The Academic Travel Abroad is a team-taught, variable-credit course that satisfies 2-3 hours of general education credit. It offers a first-hand introduction to the history, arts, and healthcare systems of other cultures, including at least one hospital tour for students to interact with providers and educators from another system. The course may include more than one culture and may be repeated as different cultures are visited.\ The 10-day travel experience in December is the keystone of INTL202, which consists of the following:\ - Pre-trip evaluation;\ - Pre-trip meetings, monthly lectures (online platform), note-taking, readings, and assessments;\ - Intra-trip note-taking, journaling, breakfast meetings, and reflection;\ - Post-trip submission of course requirements through the spring semester;\ - Post-trip evaluation.

Credits

2

INTL202-3 : Academic Travel Abroad

The Academic Travel Abroad is a team-taught, variable-credit course that satisfies 2-3 hours of general education credit. It offers a first-hand introduction to the history, arts, and healthcare systems of other cultures, including at least one hospital tour for students to interact with providers and educators from another system. The course may include more than one culture and may be repeated as different cultures are visited.\ The 10-day travel experience in December is the keystone of INTL202, which consists of the following:\ - Pre-trip evaluation;\ - Pre-trip meetings, monthly lectures (online platform), note-taking, readings, and assessments;\ - Intra-trip note-taking, journaling, breakfast meetings, and reflection;\ - Post-trip submission of course requirements through the spring semester;\ - Post-trip evaluation.

Credits

3

INTL205-2 : International Service Learning

This course centers on an international medical mission trip experience. It offers the opportunity for students to interact with and learn from health care providers working in healthcare systems outside of the United States and to provide care to underserved people. Course work will include preparing for, synthesizing, and reflecting on their experiences in this setting.

Credits

2

INTL205-3 : International Service Learning

This course centers on an international medical mission trip experience. It offers the opportunity for students to interact with and learn from healthcare providers working in healthcare systems outside of the United States and to provide care to underserved people. Course work will include preparing for, synthesizing, and reflecting on their experiences in this setting.

Credits

3

PBHL201 : Introduction to Public Health

An introductory course to provide an overview of the context and scope of public health. Of emphasis are population health tools, such as policy and law, social issues, health communications and informatics; epidemiology topics including biomedical basis of disease and disease prevention; public health systems including interdisciplinary concepts, organization of health care and costs; and focus areas such as health disparities, vulnerable populations and disaster management. Public health history, current issues and future trends will be discussed.

Credits

3

PBHL301 : Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health

This course surveys the history of environmental and occupational health, the continuum from exposure to disease, controls in the workplace, health hazards, legal and regulatory issues, and methods incomprehensive workplace health improvement. Topics may include concepts in current and emerging environmental health issues such as water pollution, sanitation, pesticides, hazardous waste, energy usage, and climate change. Occupational and workplace topics may include health issues as diverse as radiation, biological hazards, injury prevention and social considerations such as stress and harassment.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PBHL201 Introduction to Public Health.

PBHL305 : Global Health

This course aims to explore global health and disease issues with a focus on health concerns shared by societies around the globe. The course is organized around the premise that culture is central to understanding major issues in global health. The social construction of health and illness across cultures using ethnographic case studies representing a wide range of human experience in domestic and international contexts would be examined. Approaches to improving health and affecting change, based on scientific and social knowledge and experience, health systems development, social and political movements and public policy making are presented. Topics include poverty, war, pollution, food security, neglected tropical diseases, religion and health, economic globalization, and public policies in developing and developed countries. Foundational issues of ethics, social justice and human rights are explored.

Credits

3

PSYC121 : Introduction to Psychology

Includes study of the basic principles of development, the origins of human behavior, and the physical, mental, emotional and social development of the individual. Psychological principles of human behavior including theories of learning, motivation, emotion, perception, thought, intelligence, and personality, psychological, cognitive, and emotional development will be discussed.

Credits

3

PSYC201 : Human Growth & Development

Includes the study of physical, psychological and social development of the human being from conception to death. Focuses on characteristic changes that take place, when they occur, and their causes and influences on behavior in cohort groups or in the individual. Prominent developmental theories and stages of growth and development across the life span are discussed.

Credits

3

PSYC321 : Abnormal Psychology

This course introduces the student to the most current concepts of mental and emotional disorders. The focus will be on causes and types of psychological disorders as well as a brief review of the history and theories or abnormal psychology. Students will become familiar with symptoms of the numerous psychological disorders and develop an understanding of the importance of treatment and ongoing research in this area.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSYC121 Introduction to Psychology.

PSYC322 : Interpersonal Relations in Healthcare Professions

This course examines various psychological and communication theories to provide a foundation for understanding dynamics of the patient/practitioner relationship. Desired outcome will encompass the student's ability to have a professional practitioner-patient relationship as well as an improved awareness of self within the healthcare profession. Topics will include but are not limited to: conflict resolution, therapeutic communications processes, professional boundaries, advanced listening skills, self-disclosure, dual relationships, codependency, positive self-care, relationship dynamics, and cultural competencies in a diverse environment.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSYC121 Introduction to Psychology OR SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology; or instructor permission.

SOCI101 : Introduction to Sociology

This course includes study of association and communication, the nature and types of human groups, and the nature and growth of culture, social organizations, and social institutions. The student will study the basic concepts of society and how society influences human behavior.

Credits

3

SOCI222 : Global Community: Cultural Diversity & Healthcare

This course introduces the student to cultural concepts including the relationship of culture to life style and life decisions. The student will be exposed to what constitutes a culture, and how culture impacts behavior, values and beliefs.

Credits

3

SOCI320 : Gender and Sexuality Studies

The course provides an introduction to human gender and sexuality. Students will explore the psycho-social and cultural aspects of gender, gender identification, sexuality, and sexual orientations. Throughout the course, students will examine related topics including legal and ethical issues, relationships, inequalities, LGBTQ social movements, and cross-cultural perspectives. Additionally, students will study how gender and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, class, religion, region and age.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSYC121 Introduction to Psychology or PSYC201 Human Growth & Development or SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology.

SOCI323 : Healthcare Response to Violence in Society

This course will discuss the different types of violence seen in communities across the nation and the world. Acts of violence come in many forms, such as intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, gangs, workplace violence, disasters, wars, human trafficking, and many more. The course will examine how individuals and healthcare workers respond to this violence, and how it affects patients, co-workers, and individuals.

Credits

3

SOCI324 : Applying Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

This course will increase awareness of the challenges and concerns of the delivery of health care among diverse, minority and underserved populations. Students will explore the effects of culture on the perception of health and illness by the affected individuals and by society. Students will also become familiar with how their own perceptions shape the delivery of care. This course will increase awareness of diversity and teach skills for a more personalized and accessible delivery of healthcare. Special focus will be paid to building responsible relationships with patients and other professionals for the sake of patient-centered care that encompasses not only physical but also psycho-social and cultural aspects of healthcare. Students will participate in service learning experiences throughout the duration of the course. Exposure and awareness of diverse, minority and underserved populations will be gained through 10 hours of service learning that is coordinated by the student with the assistance of the instructor.

Credits

3

SOCI327 : Personality and Social Structure

This course is a study of social structure and personality development of the individual. The course will examine personality development and its intersection with social structure components including gender, race, class, culture, social networks, birth order, family roles, and cohorts.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSYC121 Introduction to Psychology or SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology.