Social Sciences
Course Descriptions
Course Number Course Description
AMH 2010 History of the United States to 1877 - 3 credits.
The founding, growth, and development of the United States from the colonial era through 1877.
AMH 2020 History of the United States Since 1877 - 3 credits.
A survey of social, economic, and political developments in the United States since 1877.
AMH 2091 Afro-American History - 3 credits.
A survey, including the African background, of the Afro-American in the United States history, with emphasis on their economic, political and cultural development
ANT 2410 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits.
The nature of culture, personality, and social organizations. Emphasis is on the customs of pre-literature people.
CCJ 1020

Introduction to Criminal Justice – 3 credits.
History, development, philosophy, constitutional aspects, introduction to and survey of the agencies and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice in a democratic society.

CCJ 1010 Introduction to Criminology – 3 credits.
Theories and causes of criminal and delinquent behavior, including its variations, ramifications, explanations and measures of prevention, control and treatment.
CCJ 1191 Human Behavior in Criminal Justice – 3 credits.
Human behavior and how it relates to the duties and responsibilities of the criminal justice practitioner.
CCJ2650 Narcotics and Dangerous Substances – 3 credits.
The general problems created by illegal use of narcotics and dangerous substances, with emphasis upon classification, description and history of drugs, etiology of addiction, extent of drug use and its relationship to criminal behavior and methods of control.
CJC 1000   Introduction to Corrections – 3 credits.
A comprehensive view of the historical and philosophical treatment programs and developments in the field of juvenile and adult corrections. Emphasis is on understanding the offender in the correctional system; an examination of the correctional client, the noninstitutional correctional systems, agencies and recidivism.
CJC 1162 Parole and Probation – 3 credits.
The history, current practices and the consideration of philosophical concepts in the areas of probation and parole.
CJE 2600 Criminal Investigation – 3 credits.
Fundamentals of criminal investigation, theory and practice, including crime scene search; preservation, collection and transportation of physical evidence interviewing, interrogating; statement taking; and case preparation, with investigation of specific offenses; relationship with the police science laboratory.
CJJ 2002 Juvenile Delinquency – 3 credits.
An analysis of the theories and causes of juvenile delinquent behavior. The role of the three components of the juvenile justice system (Police, Court, Corrections) and their impact on prevention and rehabilitation.
CJL 2062 Constitutional Law and Legal Procedure or Evidence – 3 credits.
An examination of the United States and Florida Constitutions, with emphasis on leading cases dealing with arrest, search and seizure, confessions and the rules of evidence.
CLP 1006 Psychology of Personal Effectiveness - 3 credits.
This is an applied psychology course, which emphasizes the understanding of the principles of effective human behavior and their application to the areas of personal awareness, interpersonal relations, communication, and work/career development.
CLP 2000 Dynamics of Behavior - 3 credits.
Analysis of mechanisms of adjustment, motivation, frustration and conflict, learning personality and psychotherapy. Emphasis is on the psychological processes of the normal individual functioning in society rather than on behavior disorders.
CLP 2140 Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits.
This course examines the major categories of mental disorders. Diagnostic criteria, treatment methods, cultural factors, public attitudes, community resources, ethical issues and legislation applicable to individuals with mental disorders are studied. The impacts of mental disorders on individuals, families and society are discussed.

Comparative European Government - 3 credits.
This course discusses the structures and functioning of the systems of government of three European states: Britain, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany. An attempt is made to analyze some of the current problems facing parliamentary governments, and to assess their performance in resolving them.


DEP 2000 Human Growth and Development - 3 credits.
The nature of human behavior as a dynamic developmental phenomenon. While the emphasis is psychological, an understanding of the physical aspects of development and their social implications is included. Observation and written analysis of principles of learning involved in human development are required. The course meets teacher certification requirements in the area of psychological foundations.
DEP 2100 Child Growth and Development - 3 credits.
This course in Human Growth and Development is designed especially for the student interested in the human life span from birth through the first eight years. The course is intended to acquaint the student with basic theoretical models of human development and such specific topics as heredity, teratogenic agents, learning, intelligence, socialization, personality, sex-role identification, language acquisition and moral development.
INR 2002 International Relations - 3 credits.
The nature of international relations, the causes of leading international problems, foreign policies of world powers, international political organizations, and the origins of war in the international arena.
ISS 1120 The Social Environment - 3 credits.
The Social Environment is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes the cultural, political, and global dimensions of societies. Its main objective is to promote knowledge of contemporary and historical forces that shape our social environment and engage students in a life-long process of inquiry and decision-making.
ISS 1161 The Individual in Society - 3 credits.
This is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes understanding of oneself as a unique individual who, as a part of a global community, is responsible for decisions affecting his/her psychological, social , environmental, and physical well-being. Main themes include personality and self, society and culture, development and the life cycle, and the maintenance of physical and psychological health.
ISS 2270 Multicultural Communications and Relations - 3 credits.
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the complex interactions among ethnicity, race, gender, age, and class as well as other ways in which we differ as they pertain to shaping personal identity and to affecting skills that will allow them to interact more effectively with diverse populations, age groups, and lifestyles and to think through and value human diversity. This course has an overriding principle based on the concept of human rights.
LAH 2025 History of Cuba - 3 credits.
Historical analysis of the development of Cuban society, its culture and institutions.

POS 2041 American Federal Government - 3 credits.
The American Constitution and its development, the organization and functions of the national government, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship of the individual to the federal government.
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits.
Blends classical material with the most recent developments in psychological theory. Provides an understanding of human behavior as a natural phenomenon subject to scientific study.
PSY 2050 Introduction to Forensic Psychology - 3 credits.
This course explores the interaction between psychology and the legal system. Students will learn the foundations, history, and terminology of forensic psychology and the influence of media and cultural issues. Students will also learn about the forensic psychologists role in criminal and civil proceedings, public policy, law enforcement, and victimization.
PSY 2800

Psychology of Genocide - 3 credits.
Students will learn the psychological, social, and cultural roots of genocide, human cruelty, and mass violence. Students will examine the various factors influencing such acts, and the emotional and psychological impact upon victims, perpetrators, rescuers, and society.


SOP 2002 Social Psychology - 3 credits.
Combines knowledge of psychology and sociology, in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human interactions. Main themes deal with nature of attitudes, how attitudes may be changed, the processes of interaction and the nature of group structures.
SOP 2772 Human Sexuality - 3 credits.
Emphasizes the interrelationships between the biological, socio-psychological and cultural aspects of human sexuality. Among the topics covered are, the bio-psycho-social states of development, sexual arousal, the historical basis of Western sexual values and behavior, sex laws, the Kinsey-Masters-Johnson reports and sexuality in the arts.
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits.
A scientific study of society, with emphasis on the structure of that society, the role of the individual as a group member, and the implications of social change.
SYG 2010 Social Problems - 3 credits.
An analysis of the major contemporary and recurring social problems, emphasizing scientific search for variables involved and exploring alternative solutions.
SYG 2230 Multi-Ethnic America - 3 credits.
An introduction to the theory and problems of minority groups in American society. The focus is on structural inequality, institutional discrimination, and the changing patterns of prejudice and discrimination.
SYG 2430 Marriage and the Family - 3 credits.
The family as a social institution - its origin and development, its forms and functions, its interrelation with other social institutions, and its role in contemporary civilizations. Areas of study include factors contributing to or acting against successful, stable marriage.
WOH 2012 History of World Civilizations to 1789 - 3 credits.
World civilizations from the prehistoric period to the 18th century, with emphasis on cultural history.
WOH 2022 History of World Civilizations from 1789 - 3 credits.
Modern world civilizations, emphasizing those that have had or are  having a particularly strong impact upon the culture, problems and international relations of the United States.

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