SO 122 Introduction to Sociology: 3 semester hours
This course introduces students to sociology, the core issues of the discipline, and the way sociologists analyze social behavior. In addition to mastering basic concepts and principles, students will learn a great deal about American society and how to analyze ordinary experience from a sociological perspective. (Offered fall and spring semesters).
Sociology studies various aspects of human interaction and social phenomena. The sociology major addresses sociological issues pertaining to self; social groups; social and cultural values; family and community relations; economic and political relations; stratification based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual stratification; the rural-urban divide; and the nature of social organizations. The comparative/historical approach of the program enables students to analyze these issues not only in the United States but also comparatively at the global level. Furthermore, sociology addresses how social structures influence human beings at both the micro and macro level through the use of logic and varied scientific methodologies.