Social Problems
3 Credit Hours

This sociology course is an examination of social phenomena that have been defined as social problems in contemporary society. There is an emphasis on the scientific study of contemporary American society, focusing on social problems relating to work and the economy, education, crime, mental and physical health, alcohol and other drugs, marriage and family, race and ethnicity, immigration, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, natural environment, technology, and war and terrorism. The course provides an understanding of some of the causes, effects, and proposed solutions to social problems based upon the latest research. Knowledge of social problems and an understanding of how such problems influence the social environment are important skills for achieving success in virtually all occupations and professions; thereby contributing directly to a higher quality of life.