May 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


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Texas Tech offers nearly 5,000 courses as part of its curriculum. These courses are listed alphabetically by subject prefix within each college and departmental section of this catalog. The courses appear in numerical order, moving from beginning freshman or developmental level courses to graduate, research, and professional courses.

Not all courses listed in this catalog are offered every year. An online class schedule published before each registration period indicates courses that will be available during the upcoming term or semester and when each class will meet. The class schedule can be found at (www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/class_schedule/index.php). The university reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course or withdraw any program from the list of offerings when the best interests of the institution require such action.

Courses are designated by a subject prefix and number along with a descriptive title. Learn more  about interpreting the course descriptions found throughout the catalog.

 

RTL - Retail Management (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • RTL 3350 - Visual Merchandising and Retail Promotion

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Comprehensive study of the principles and practices of merchandise communication through the interaction and coordination of sales promotion, personal selling, visual merchandising, advertising, special events, and public relations.
  
  • RTL 3360 - Applied Concepts in Teamwork

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Basic issues and concepts in the team building process, emphasis on application of curriculum through academic service-learning team projects. F, S.
  
  • RTL 3370 - Retail Management Analytics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Application of various analytical and mathematical techniques for retailing.
  
  • RTL 3375 - Retail Buying

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Designed to develop retail mathematical skills and apply those skills to the buying process.
  
  • RTL 3380 - Retail Buying and Control

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The application of planning, purchasing, and controlling inventories. S.
  
  • RTL 3395 - Internship in Retailing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in HRM 3389 . Supervised applications of concepts, principles, and techniques learned in the classroom; emphasis on student participation in the retailing industry. Minimum of 300-400 hours of supervised retail employment at a departmental approved site. May be repeated for credit. (CL) [RHIM 3395 ]
  
  • RTL 4000 - Individual Study

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: RTL majors only and consent of instructor. Individual study or research under the guidance of a retailing faculty member to enhance the degree program. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit.
  
  • RTL 4300 - Retailing Field Study Tour

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of international/domestic retailers and manufacturers. Trip fee non-refundable 48 hours after registration. May be repeated once for credit. (See what students have to say about their experience studying abroad.)
  
  • RTL 4320 - Retail Category Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 2. 8 TTU GPA; Junior or senior standing. The application of planning, purchasing, and controlling inventories with emphasis on product selection, shelf merchandising, promotion, and pricing.
  
  • RTL 4330 - Retail Management Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 2.8 TTU GPA. Comprehensive overview of research in the retailing process; emphasis on application-oriented techniques and processes for implementation. (CL)
  
  • RTL 4335 - Practices in Web-based Retail Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Practices in web-based retail management and development of web-based resources. (CL)
  
  • RTL 4342 - Wedding Planning and Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of wedding planning and management. Students complete a portfolio for wedding plans. [RHIM 4342 ]
  
  • RTL 4350 - Retail Global Sourcing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Global sourcing refers to how and where manufactured goods or components will be procured. In the global softgoods industry, sourcing is a major competitive strategy for both manufacturers and retailers.
  
  • RTL 4360 - Retail Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in RTL 3340 ; senior standing; C or better in BA 3301  or HRM 4316  and BA 3305  or RHIM 4341  (concurrent enrollment allowed). Capstone course with emphasis on interrelated functions in retail management examined through case study and problem-based academic service-learning team projects. Required discussion.
  

RUSN - Russian (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • RUSN 1501 - A Beginning Course in Russian I

    5 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: RUSS1411 Introduction and development of the four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
  
  • RUSN 1502 - A Beginning Course in Russian II

    5 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: RUSS1412 Prerequisite: RUSN 1501 . Introduction and development of the four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.
  
  • RUSN 2301 - A Second Course in Russian I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: RUSS2311 Prerequisite: RUSN 1502 . Training in oral and written expression and in aural and reading comprehension, including optional work in the language laboratory.
  
  • RUSN 2302 - A Second Course in Russian II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: RUSS2312 Prerequisite: RUSN 2301 . Training in oral and written expression and in aural and reading comprehension, including optional work in the language laboratory.
  
  • RUSN 2304 - Russian Culture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An examination of the important historical, political, and cultural events and trends that have been instrumental in forming Russian cultural identity. Fulfills multicultural and core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirements.
  
  • RUSN 3301 - Russian Civilization Through Literature in the 19th Century

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A survey course of 19th century Russian literature. Includes the works of the century’s most important writers from Alexander Pushkin to Anton Chekhov. Taught in English.
  
  • RUSN 3302 - 20th Century Russian Civilization Through Literature in Translation

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    This course will deal with the literature and other arts of the turn of the 20th century in Russia and with the survival of this pre-1917 cultural tradition among the émigrés and in the Soviet Union. Taught in English.
  
  • RUSN 3305 - Studies in Advanced Russian

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: RUSN 2302  and consent of instructor. Advanced Russian language skill development at third and fourth year levels. May be repeated for credit up to 12 hours when content differs. (CL)
  
  • RUSN 4301 - The Great Russian Realists: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the significance of masterpieces by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. The works will be read in translation. Conducted in English. (CL)
  
  • RUSN 4302 - Contemporary Russian Literature in Translation

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the works of major Russian authors such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Tatyana Tolstaya from 1953 to the present. (CL)

RUSN - Russian (Graduate Courses)

  
  • RUSN 5301 - Russian Language for Graduate Students

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    This course is conducted entirely in Russian. Students work towards achieving an American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages advanced or superior proficiency rating. May be repeated for credit up to 12 hours.
  
  • RUSN 5303 - Topics in Russian Culture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    This course will study selected aspects of classical or contemporary Russian culture organized around a particular period or theme. Readings, most writings, and a significant portion of the class will be in Russian. May be repeated for credit up to 12 hours when content is different.
  
  • RUSN 5304 - Topics in Russian Literature

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    This course will study selected classical or contemporary Russian literary texts organized around a particular period or theme. Readings, most writings, and a significant portion of the class will be in Russian. May be repeated for credit up to 12 hours when content is different.
  
  • RUSN 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

SCM - Supply Chain Management (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • SCM 3351 - Business Process Improvement

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: B or better in ISQS 2340 , and completion of all lower-division courses. Focuses on the fundamental concepts, techniques, and tools for improving business processes in supply chain contexts.
  
  • SCM 3353 - Supply Chain Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: B or better in MKT 3350  (may be taken concurrently). An introduction to principles and practices used today in managing relationships among manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers.
  
  • SCM 4370 - Forecasting and Inventory Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Admission to the supply chain management program. Covers demand management, customer service, forecasting, and inventory management aspects of business logistics. Introduces select analytical techniques, strategies, and applied problem-solving approaches.
  
  • SCM 4371 - Transportation and Distribution Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Admission into the supply chain management program. Covers transportation and distribution aspects of business logistics. Introduces select analytical techniques, strategies, and applied problem-solving approaches.
  
  • SCM 4372 - Global Sourcing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Admission into the supply chain management program.  Focuses on the global sourcing function, supplier selection and development, total cost of ownership, and performance management.
  
  • SCM 4373 - Supply Chain Strategy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Admission into the supply chain management program, B or better in 12 hours of SCM courses. Capstone course with emphasis on strategic supply chain management that integrates concepts, processes, and tools learned in previous coursework.
  
  • SCM 4382 - Internship in Supply Chain Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Admission into the supply chain management program and approval of internship coordinator prior to employment. Hours of employment must be worked in the term that internship credit is awarded.
  
  • SCM 4383 - Special Topics in Supply Chain Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Admission into the supply chain management program and consent of instructor. Examination of specialized problems or select current events in supply chain management. May be repeated once for credit as topic varies.

SLAV - Slavistics (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • SLAV 2301 - The Vampire in East European and Western Culture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An investigation of the myth of the vampire from its inception in early East European culture to its popularization in the West. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture and multicultural requirement.
  
  • SLAV 4300 - Individual Studies in Slavistics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Independent study in Slavic and East European subjects under guidance of a faculty member, with content varying according to needs. May be repeated for credit up to 24 hours with consent of instructor.

SOC - Sociology (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • SOC 1301 - Introduction to Sociology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: SOCI1301 Human group behavior, influence on the individual, and relationships of individuals to each other as members of groups. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences and multicultural requirement.
  
  • SOC 1320 - Current Social Problems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: SOCI1306 Problems in basic social institutions as marriage and the family, community, economy, government, education, health and welfare, recreation, etc. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.
  
  • SOC 3300 - Special Topics in Sociology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines selected topics in sociology. May be repeated when topics vary.
  
  • SOC 3323 - Race and Ethnicity

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Sociological and global analysis of racial and ethnic groups. Analysis of diversity and multiculturalism from a global perspective. Fulfills multicultural requirement.
  
  • SOC 3325 - Gendered Lives

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the gendered nature of society, emphasizing the experiences of women in such areas as family, health, and the economy. [WGS 3325 ]
  
  • SOC 3326 - Women and Crime

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the nature and extent of female crime, contemporary debate in feminist criminology, and the construction of gender in criminal justice discourse.
  
  • SOC 3327 - Sociology of Law and Policing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines social forces affecting the development and current operation of criminal law and policing. Special attention given to contemporary issues concerning each.
  
  • SOC 3331 - Sexuality, Intimate Relations, and Family Life

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An examination of the sociology of love and intimate partnership formation; sexuality; and historical, global, and cultural variations in family life. [WGS 3331 ]
  
  • SOC 3333 - White Collar Economic Crimes

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines white collar and economic crimes in the United States as well as from a global perspective.
  
  • SOC 3335 - Family Violence

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Surveys definitions, prevalence, and theories of family violence. Focuses on impact of variations in definitions of family violence and societal responses to family violence.
  
  • SOC 3336 - Sociology of Education

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the education system over time as well as the impacts of education on income, racial equality, and stratification in American society.
  
  • SOC 3337 - Inequality in America

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Inequality as expressed in occupational, class, ethnic, and sexual hierarchies is examined from varying sociological perspectives. [WGS 3337 ]
  
  • SOC 3339 - International Migration

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines international migration as a social process. Provides sociological tools to understand the causes, social processes and consequences of international migration. Service Learning.
  
  • SOC 3340 - Sociology of Terrorism

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduces the sociological study of terrorism and examines fundamental questions on terrorism as a social phenomenon.
  
  • SOC 3352 - Technology and Society

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Explores the interrelationships between technology and society, emphasizing the impacts of technology on society and social factors contributing to the development and diffusion of technology.
  
  • SOC 3355 - Global Food Issues: On Bread and Water

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Explores contemporary global circumstances and problems through food-related topics, including public policy, conflict, water issues, climate change, inequalities, cultural imperatives, consumer demands and concerns.
  
  • SOC 3357 - Sociology of Globalization

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of cultures, political and economic institutions, and interdependencies of societies through a sociological lens. Fulfills Multicultural requirement.
  
  • SOC 3368 - Sociology of Deviance

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of different forms of deviant behavior in Western societies, emphasizing the social relativity of deviance and theories that attempt to explain it. Examples of topics include tattooing, drug abuse, topless dancing, pedophilia, and mental illness.
  
  • SOC 3383 - Alcohol, Drugs, and Society

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Analysis of social factors related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
  
  • SOC 3391 - Introduction to Social Statistics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Statistical analysis and interpretation of sociological research data. (CL)
  
  • SOC 3392 - Introduction to Social Research Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Nature of the sociological research process, including the scientific method, experimentation, participant observation and survey research. (CL)
  
  • SOC 3393 - Development of Sociological Theory

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Emergence of systematic sociological theory out of social philosophy; evolution of sociology as a discipline in the late 19th century. (CL)
  
  • SOC 3394 - Contemporary Sociological Theories

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Review of selected current perspectives on social behavior. Special attention given to linkages between micro and macro levels of the social world. (CL)
  
  • SOC 4307 - Individual Studies in Sociology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent and high scholastic achievement. Independent study. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • SOC 4311 - Sociology of the Person

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Effects of group membership on individual attributes and behavior; focuses on the influence of experience in primary groups and positions in social structure.
  
  • SOC 4312 - Human Societies, Health and Environment

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Focuses on the connections between human societies, health and environment. Topics include societal structure, health issues and environmental degradation.
  
  • SOC 4316 - Aging and Society

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and research on aging: covering demographic, sociocultural, economic, individual, and social factors.
  
  • SOC 4327 - Juvenile Delinquency

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Delinquency is reviewed as a form of deviant behavior. Attention is given to prevalent theories of causation, distribution, and frequency of delinquency, and the treatment, prevention, and control of delinquent patterns of behavior.
  
  • SOC 4331 - Religion and Society

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The sociological study of religious groups and beliefs. The reciprocal relationships between religious institutions and society.
  
  • SOC 4335 - Victims of Crime

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A sociological analytical approach to social, scientific, and popular theories of criminal victimization, including its extent, nature, causes and effects, and lived experience of victims.
  
  • SOC 4381 - Sickness, Health, and Society

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The sociological study of the medical institution and its interrelationship with other societal institutions. Differential definitions of health and illness.
  
  • SOC 4399 - Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    By invitation and under direction of a professor. Requires a completed research project and presentation at a formal conference for credit.

SOC - Sociology (Graduate Courses)

  
  • SOC 5101 - Professional Socialization

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Practical issues in sociological research, scholarship, and teaching. Required of first-semester graduate students and teaching assistants through their appointment period. Pass/fail grading. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours credit.
  
  • SOC 5303 - Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of contemporary approaches to society, including conflict theory, functionalism, symbolic interaction, ethnomethodology, rational choice, emotions, feminist theory, globalization, and postmodern perspectives.
  
  • SOC 5308 - Seminar in the Origins of Social Theory

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Development of sociological theory in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Topics may vary, but emphasis usually will be on the work of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.
  
  • SOC 5311 - Seminar in Criminology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Critical review of theory and research on selected topics in criminology.
  
  • SOC 5312 - Seminar in Urban Education Problems

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Extensive analysis of the process and consequences of urbanization and education, with emphasis upon causation and critiques of proposed solutions.
  
  • SOC 5313 - Seminar in Minority Relations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    American and world patterns of interethnic relations are covered with emphasis on recent and current trends.
  
  • SOC 5315 - Seminar in Social Change

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Linear and cyclical theories; analysis of the idea of progress, stage theories, dialectical materialism, and the lag hypothesis.
  
  • SOC 5316 - Seminar in Social Gerontology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and research on aging, covering demographic, sociocultural, economic, individual, and societal factors. Interdisciplinary aspects are stressed.
  
  • SOC 5320 - Social Psychology: Symbolic Interactionism

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Central ideas of social psychology are analyzed and integrated in a contemporary model of symbolic interactionism.
  
  • SOC 5325 - Seminar in Deviant Behavior

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Critical review of current theory and research in deviance.
  
  • SOC 5327 - Seminar in Demography

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and skills of population analysis including use of large data-sets in social science research.
  
  • SOC 5329 - Social Inequality

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Overview of theories and trends in social inequality in the U.S. and in international context.
  
  • SOC 5331 - Field Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Individual research project off campus, covering entire term or longer. Research plans must be approved in advance by the student’s major advisor. May be repeated for credit with permission.
  
  • SOC 5332 - Seminar in Special Topics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Selected graduate seminar topics in sociology. Subjects vary. Required at least once of research assistants; open to other students.
  
  • SOC 5333 - Qualitative Methods in Sociology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A focus on learning the methods and mindset behind qualitative research in social science, particularly interview, ethnographic, focus group, and content analysis skills.
  
  • SOC 5334 - Quantitative Methods in Sociology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Decision making skills (from test selection to inferences from data) for quantitative analysis in sociology.
  
  • SOC 5335 - Seminar in Family Violence

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced examination of definitions, prevalence, and theories of family violence. Focuses on impact of variation in definitions of family violence and societal responses to family violence.
  
  • SOC 5336 - Seminar in the Family

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Analysis of how the family institution has changed, in relation to other institutions and society in general and contemporary theory on family formation, structure, and function. Family is treated as both a dependent and independent variable.
  
  • SOC 5341 - Seminar in Homicide

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A graduate seminar on current types, trends, contexts, and contemporary theories of homicide.
  
  • SOC 5345 - Seminar in Women and Crime

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of types and trends in women’s offending and victimization and contemporary feminist criminological theory.
  
  • SOC 5360 - Sociology of Globalization

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines the accelerated rise of globalization since the 1970s and its effects on individuals, families, communities, society, and the world.
  
  • SOC 5371 - Sociology of Terrorist Organizations

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Focuses on health and social services provided by terrorist organizations and how they maintain popular support, build legitimacy, and develop experience in governance.
  
  • SOC 5374 - Seminar in International Migration

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines international migration as a social process. Provides sociological tools to understand why immigration and emigration happens, how it occurs and what consequences and outcomes it produces at the places of origin as well as at the places of destination. 
  
  • SOC 5381 - Seminar in Medical Sociology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Theory and research on conceptions of health, illness, and medical care from the sociological perspective.
  
  • SOC 5384 - Seminar in the Sociology of Religion

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of the religious institution focusing on its sociological meaning, organizations, presence as a force in western society, and relationship to other social institutions.
  
  • SOC 5394 - Seminar in Sociological Research Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An examination of the research process including problem formation, case selection, data collection, and data organization.
  
  • SOC 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • SOC 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

SPAN - Spanish (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • SPAN 1101 - Practical Survival Spanish

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Spanish skills for studying or living abroad. Focus is on listening comprehension and speaking.
 

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