146 Honors College Sociology

1 semester, ½ credit (With ECC requirement)

Open to seniors

Prerequisites: Advisor’s signature is required. Note that to qualify for this course, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

Students must be able to perform at an accelerated level and possess strong time management skills. This course will be taught as an online course by instructors from East Central College. Students are assigned class time during their school day to complete this online work and progress will be monitored by SFBRHS staff. East Central College provides a transcript of these credits. (It is the students' responsibility to check with the colleges of their choice to verify acceptance of the credits.) Students will need to purchase textbooks for this course.

This is an introductory course in the field of sociology with special emphasis on the scientific study of social relations, social organizations, and social dynamics.

This course may be taken for college credit (ECC course SO 1103, 3 credits), and an additional fee will apply.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Define the structural-functional, social-conflict, and symbolic interactionist perspectives.
  2. Distinguish between the sociological perspective and other behavioral perspectives.
  3. Examine one’s own personal ideology and value system, and recognize the influence of that value system on the individual’s thought process and potential behavior.
  4. Apply a structural-functional and social-conflict analysis to the varied social problems and structures of our society, such as race, gender inequality, the economy, the criminal justice system, power and politics, and issues of religion and family.
  5. Think creatively and critically.
  6. Explain social institutions, structures, and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  7. Draw on history and the social sciences to evaluate contemporary problems.
  8. Describe and analytically compare social, cultural, and historical settings and processes other than one’s own.
  9. Describe and explain the constitutions of the United States and Missouri.
  10. Analyze and evaluate their own and others’ speaking and writing.
  11. Respond to the needs of different venues and audiences and choose words for appropriateness and effectiveness.
  12. Write and speak effectively by making formal written and oral presentations employing (appropriate) correct diction, syntax, usage, grammar, and mechanics.
  13. Read, analyze, and respond to material critically and appropriately.
  14. Compare and contrast historical and cultural ethical perspectives and belief systems.
  15. Recognize the ramifications of one’s value decisions on self and others.
  16. Recognize conflicts within and between value systems and recognize and analyze ethical issues as they arise in a variety of contexts.
  17. Consider multiple perspectives, recognize biases, deal with ambiguity, and take a reasonable position.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. The Sociological Perspective 
  2. Culture
  3. Socialization 
  4. Social structure and social interaction 
  5. Social groups and formal organizations 


This page last updated January 27, 2021, by the Social Studies Department.