Courses

CJUS 110 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 Credit Hours

Survey of the formal aspects of social control: criminal law, the police, the courts and corrections.
CJUS 230 - Criminal Investigation
3 Credit Hours

Introduction to criminal investigation procedures including theory of investigation, conduct at the crime scene, collection and preservation of physical evidence, introduction to related forensic science, including the importance of DNA investigation in some cases, and follow-up legal investigation.
CJUS 231 - Evidence
3 Credit Hours

This course deals with the more procedural (and evidential) issues of the criminal law. The course includes an examination of the rules governing the admissibility or exclusion of evidence at trial. Subjects include direct and cross-examination of witnesses, the rule against heresay and its exceptions, relevancy, procedural considerations, burden of proof, presumptions, form and type of objections and the best evidence rule. This is a practical application course.
CJUS 260 - Criminal Law and Procedure
3 Credit Hours

The history of criminal law, its development in the United States, elements of crime, law of arrests, and courtroom procedures.
CJUS 310 - Police Work
3 Credit Hours

The nature and techniques of police work in a changing society, including police citizen partnership in crime prevention. Policing issues are considered, including recruitment, promotion, and management.
CJUS 360 - Correctional Institutions
3 Credit Hours

A critical survey of the correctional field in the United States. It is concerned with historical development, program content and current problems and needs.
CJUS 395 - Internship/Independent Study
3 Credit Hours

Students will complete a criminal justice related internship or, with the agreement of the program director, pursue an independent study of an aspect of the criminal justice system.
CJUS 497 - Senior Seminar
3 Credit Hours

Students will research, write and present a major research paper on an approved criminal justice topic. Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
POLS 101 - American National Government
3 Credit Hours

An introductory study of the development, powers, organizations, and processes of American national government, focusing on the structures and functions of the institution, political parties and interest groups, and citizen participation in these structures.
POLS 120 - Introduction to Political Science
3 Credit Hours

A general introduction to the study of the sub-fields of political science, governments and nations, and the fundamental concepts, ideas, and issues in world politics, including the role of the United Nations and international law.
POLS 202 - State and Local Government
3 Credit Hours

A study of local-state-federal relations, relations among states, and the structure and functions of state and local governmental institutions, organizations, and processes.
POLS 210 - Parties and Elections
3 Credit Hours

A survey of the role of political parties and elections in the modern American political system. The course focuses on the formation of political beliefs, the development of political parties, and trends in recent electioneering practices.
POLS 220 - The American Presidency
3 Credit Hours

An examination of the American presidency and those individuals and forces which shaped its evolution. The course will examine how the power and roles of the American president reflect and affect American society and values.
POLS 225 - Model United Nations
3 Credit Hours

A brief history of the formation of the United Nations; discussions of the six principal organs and some of the other bodies of the United Nations system and their functions. The major part of the course focuses on the preparation of students to participate as delegates in a model United Nations General Assembly or Security Council meeting and/or any of its committees or commissions.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
POLS 230 - Gender and Politics
3 Credit Hours

An in-depth examination of the scholarship on gender and political leaders and political participants, as well as an assessment of contemporary policy concerns that involve gender.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
POLS 232 - International Relations
3 Credit Hours

Theory of international relations; basic factors affecting the position and policies of states, such as geography and demography; nationalism; imperialism; technological and economic factors; conflicting ideologies; instruments of foreign policy, such as diplomacy, propaganda, military power and economic and military assistance; international law and international organization.
POLS 240 - African Politics
3 Credit Hours

A study of the ancient and recent evolution and current political environment of African nations. Examination of both historical processes of political change and development and contemporary political institutions, practices, and policies. Attention to colonial era, nationalism, post-independence states and their intergovernmental relations.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
POLS 305 - West Virginia Politics
3 Credit Hours

An intensive study of the governmental and political institutions and processes of West Virginia. Emphasis on the functions and interrelations of the branches of government, political parties and interest groups, and the state-local relationship.
POLS 315 - Constitutional Law
3 Credit Hours

A course in the legal principles of the Constitution of the United States as interpreted by the courts. The case method is used.
POLS 320 - Comparative Developed States
3 Credit Hours

A comparative examination of government and politics in selected countries and areas which are generally considered to have high levels of political and economic development, such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan.
POLS 325 - Comparative Developing States
3 Credit Hours

A comparative examination of the institutions and processes of government and society in selected developing countries and areas, such as India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
POLS 328 - Environmental Law and Politics
3 Credit Hours

This course traces the development of environmental politics and law in the United States and provides an in-depth examination and analysis of current issues and problems in U.S. environmental politics and law.
POLS 331 - Classical Political Theory
3 Credit Hours

Reading, discussion and analysis of selected political and social theories from the Greeks to the Renaissance.
POLS 332 - Modern Policital Theory
3 Credit Hours

Continuation of POLS 331, covering the modern period.
POLS 333 - American Foreign Policy
3 Credit Hours

A study of the formulation and execution of American foreign policy utilizing case studies of decision making.
POLS 345 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences
3 Credit Hours

A course focusing on scientific investigation and the design of program and practice research in the field of social science, with attention to the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods, the appropriate use of statistics, and a working knowledge of selected computer programs.
Prerequisites: POLS 101, SOCI 101 or CJUS 110.
POLS 347 - Human Rights
3 Credit Hours

The concept of human rights and its practice in various nation-states. Particular attention is given to prevailing concepts, institutions, problems, laws, and norms for the promotion and protection of human rights in the world today, including the rights of indigenous people, women and children.
POLS 350 - Contemporary International Issues
3 Credit Hours

Analysis of current international events. Exploration of contemporary conflicts and other international events and issues with political implications.
POLS 353 - International Law
3 Credit Hours

The nature and development of international law and compliance with it. Particular attention to the function of international law in the context of international conflict.
POLS 497 - Senior Seminar
3 Credit Hours

Advanced readings, discussion, and use of primary and secondary materials to write and present orally a major research paper. Methods will include the use of numeric data, speeches, and official government records.
Prerequisites: Senior political science major or permission of instructor.
Other: Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
POLS 498 - Senior Comprehensive Examination
1 Credit Hours

Review and written and/or oral examination covering several areas in the discipline of itical science.
SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology
3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the sociological perspective, the traditions, concepts and methods of social inquiry. Examination of society?s highly structured organizational and institutional life; the dynamic relationship between person, role and social structure; collective behavior, socialization, culture, conflict and change. The value of human freedom and the structures that restrict it.
SOCI 110 - Introduction to Anthropology
3 Credit Hours

An investigation into human differences and similarities through time and space and an examination of the interaction of biological, cultural and ecological factors in the development of humans and their extremely diverse life styles. Archaeology, linguistics, physical anthropology and cultural anthropology are introduced together with topics such as marriage, kinship, economic systems, political organization, subsistence systems, technology, religions and cultural change.
SOCI 112 - Human Origins
3 Credit Hours

of anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology. Focuses on the biological evolution of the human species with reference to the fossil record of Pliocene and Pleistocene man. Archaeology of early man and their relationship to biological evolution, the natural environment, and other primates, living and extinct.
SOCI 145 - Criminology
3 Credit Hours

A study of the types and causes of crime, methods of prevention, punishment and rehabilitation, and the administration of criminal justice. Includes a special section on rural crime.
SOCI 210 - Appalachian Studies
3 Credit Hours

A study of a rural region that includes discussion of the role of coal in the life of the region, poverty, community life, migration, folk arts and crafts, and social change.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 220 - Gender, Work, and Family
3 Credit Hours

A study of the contemporary institution of the family. This course studies diverse family patterns, structures, and functions, with emphasis on the nexus of family, work and gender.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement for the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 221 - Popular Culture
3 Credit Hours

An exploration of the social implications of popular culture. Includes film, television, music fashion, books, magazines, the Internet, and other forms of entertainment. The course examines popular culture production, dissemination, consumption, and interpretation in the United States. Particular attention is given to the symbiotic relationship between popular culture, political economy, and the emerging global culture.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement for the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 239 - Deviance and Social Control
3 Credit Hours

Critical examination of the relationship between deviance and social control. Considers the historical construction of different perspectives on deviance including perspectives of religious authorities, legal experts, philosophers, politicians, police, therapists, activists, and social scientists Examination of such perspectives from a sociological viewpoint. Analyzes dominant theoretical imagery, methodological strategies, and social control policies associated with the theoretical imagination of western society at various points in history.
SOCI 240 - Juvenile Delinquency
3 Credit Hours

A survey of the causes, theoretical explanations, and methods of prevention and ?treatment? of juvenile delinquency; public attitudes toward juvenile delinquency and the history of the juvenile justice system in America.
SOCI 243 - Race, Class, and Power
3 Credit Hours

An analysis of structured inequality in the United States including political, economic, and social power structures, and the nature and extent of inequality (based on race, gender, class, ethnicity sexuality, etc.). Topics include institutionalized forms of domination such as racism, classicism, sexism, and colonialism, as well as reactions to them.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement for the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 245 - Native American Holocaust
3 Credit Hours

Explores social, political, and ideological foundations for the modern condition of indigenous peoples of the Americas?. Examines genocide, population transfer, population incarceration, cultural assimilation, etc. Examines hegemonic influences on historical and cultural discourses from a sociology of knowledge (Foucault, Habermas, Mannheim, Gramsci, Smith, etc.) perspective.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies curriculum.
SOCI 248 - Sex and Gender
3 Credit Hours

Investigation of social categories of sex and gender. Feminist, social constructionist, phenomenological, ethnomethodological, sociobiological, and social psychological perspectives will be explored. Focuses on the creation of gender and sexual identities, inequalities cultural expectations, and cultural representations of sex and gender.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 305 - Global Minorities
3 Credit Hours

A study of selected racial and ethnic minorities in Africa, the Middle East, the former U.S.S.R., Latin America, and Europe. Major theories of racial conflict and interracial tensions throughout the world; methods of reducing tensions and working toward pluralism, assimilation or integration.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 306 - Colonialism, Indigenism, and Identity
3 Credit Hours

Critical examination of the history and current socio-political situation of the 200-600 million indigenous people belonging to 5000 cultures in 70 different countries on every continent in the world. We will examine the usefulness of conceptualizing indigenous peoples as a ?Fourth World.? Examine shared values, spiritual and cultural orientations, as well as common histories and current circumstances ranging from colonial exploitation and oppression to neo-liberal expropriation. Analyzes struggles to preserve existence, as peoples, as cultures, and as communities. Particular regional focus may vary by term.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 307 - Genocide
3 Credit Hours

An examination of key social theories of genocide. Focus on analysis of four cases of genocide in the twentieth century: Armenia, the Holocaust, Bosnia, and Rwanda (occasionally others). Assessment of international responses to genocide, genocide denial, and efforts to prevent genocide.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement for the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 308 - Global Peace and Conflict
3 Credit Hours

Explores the challenges associated with the interaction of various segments of the global civil society. Considers entitlements and obligations which characterize citizenship in different parts of the world, as well as how the conceptual and geographical boundaries of this citizenship are expanding. Ponders the possibility of a major global ?paradigm shift? under way from adversarialism to mutuality. Examines war culture and peace culture, with emphases on the role of imagination in social change, growing global interdependence, and political, economic, gender, social class, and social psychological aspects of war and peace.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
SOCI 310 - Adolescent World
3 Credit Hours

An exploration of youth culture in North American society, including significant contemporary expressions of youth culture in music, at-risk and violent behavior, peer groupings and Internet environments. The course will include development and generational theory and consider variations of youth culture across ethnic, economic and geographic boundaries.
SOCI 345 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences
3 Credit Hours

A course focusing on scientific investigation and the design of program and practice research in the field of social science, with attention to the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods, the appropriate use of statistics, and a working knowledge of selected computer programs.
Prerequisites: SOCI 101, POLS 101 or CJUS 110.
SOCI 355 - Community, Social Change, and Development
3 Credit Hours

An applied sociology course that explores community, social change movements and processes, and social/economic development. Students will take on a research based project for a non-profit agency or other client in a consulting role. Particular emphasis would be on consideration of alternative and/or sustainable attempts to preserve/build communities, create social change, and encourage development.
Prerequisites: SOCI 101, SOCI 345 or an equivalent course in research methodology.
SOCI 399 - Portfolio Evaluation
1 Credit Hours

At the completion of 105 credits each student in the major Arshall submit for evaluation an academic portfolio. Contents include major written assignments from the following: ENGL 102; six hours selected from 200-level Sociology courses ( American Society); three hours selected from 300-level Sociology courses (Global Society); one Social World elective (see departmental approved list); intellectual autobiography.
SOCI 410 - Social Theory
3 Credit Hours

A review of the major sociological theorists and schools of thought from Comte to Ethnomethodology and Critical Theory.
Prerequisites: SOCI 101
SOCI 420 - Senior Seminar on Social and Political Agency
3 Credit Hours

his course focuses on social-structural, political-economic, and inner dimensions of helplessness, futility, hope, vision, efficacy, hurt, fear, and anger. Major cap-stone course. Students explore transitioning their major knowledge and skill set into the world beyond Wesleyan.
Prerequisites: Senior sociology major/minor.
Other: This course satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.