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SOCS 2V95 Individual Instruction in the Social Sciences (1-6 semester hours) Individual study under a faculty member's direction. May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required. ([1-6] -0) R
SOCS 3111 Careers in the Social Sciences (1 semester hour) This one-credit course is designed to provide social sciences majors and those interested in the social sciences with information and skills that will help them select and pursue a career in their major or a related field. (Same as ISSS 3111) (1-0) Y
SOCS 3323 Geographic Information Systems (3 semester hours) An introduction to Geographic Information Systems with a focus on GIS methods and procedures used in the Social Sciences. Cartographic procedures for displaying the results of social scientific research are presented. Specific GIS methods are covered for use in several different applications areas, including political geography, transportation studies, land use for cadastral and zoning applications, and spatial statistics in the context of criminology. Industry standard GIS software tools are used to apply these methods. (Same as GEOG 3323 and PA 3343) (3-0) Y
SOCS 3361 Social Issues and Ethics in Computer Science and Engineering (3 semester hours) This course exposes students to major theoretical approaches and modes of thinking in the social sciences while exploring a range of important issues in computing and engineering, and the interrelationship between technology and important elements of social systems. Areas of exploration include the interface between technology, culture, economy, gender, politics, and religion. Issues of professional ethics, computer crime, privacy, intellectual property, the balance between scientific advances and the acceptability of risk, globalization, and the relevance of constitutional issues are all explored by drawing upon empirical research and important research methodologies in the social sciences. (Same as ECS 3361) (3-0) Y
SOCS 3405 Introduction to Social Statistics with Lab (4 semester hours) This course introduces students to the basic tools of statistics and shows how they are used in the analysis of social science data. A fundamental understanding of these tools is a critical foundation for social science research in many fields. The course covers descriptive statistics, inference from samples, hypothesis testing, and the basics of regression analysis. NOTE: This course is required of all social science majors and is a prerequisite for a required course in social science research methods within each discipline (for example CRIM 3304, ECON 3304, GEOG 3304, PA 3304, or SOC 3304). Prerequisite: College Algebra (MATH 1314 or equivalent). (4-0) S
SOCS 3V96 Selected Topics in the Social Sciences (1-3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) R
SOCS 4320 Social Entrepreneurship (3 semester hours) This course is about providing those interested in entrepreneurial ventures with primarily a social focus with the skills and knowledge necessary to accomplish their goals. The course will be seminar style and require a practicum. Topics to be included are entrepreneurship in the non-profit sector, entrepreneurship in political campaigns, new public management and the role of entrepreneurship in government and public services, urban planning, and geographical information sciences as a tool all entrepreneurs can use in the creation of new opportunities. (3-0) R
SOCS 4V98 Pre-Law Internship (3-6 semester hours) An internship with law firms or judges that will expose students to legal issues and to the practice of law. An excellent exposure to the legal profession. May repeat for credit (6 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. This course can only be taken Credit/No Credit. ([3-6]-0) S