Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2023

Course Description

This course is required for the sociology major and will survey the field of sociology. You will leave this course with an understanding of key sociological debates as well as the utility of thinking sociologically (regardless of whether you choose to major/minor in sociology). Over the course of the semester, we will develop a sociological imagination that will aid in our sense- making of the world around us, such as our understanding of why certain groups experience gross inequalities while others are afforded opportunities for mobility and advancement. These outcomes are more than just inconsequential; there are micro, meso, and micro-level sociological explanations undergirding the current inequities present in society. As sociologists, it is our duty to uncover what these reasons are and do something to quell them from existing. Given how expansive the field of sociology is, this course will survey several important topics of inquiry using various forms of knowledge and multiple modes of discovery. Doing so, will help us understand the different functions of power, oppression, and justice. We will also prioritize and uplift the voices, experiences, and perspectives of the folks who have been systematically marginalized and excluded in society.

Student Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use a sociological imagination to analyze various social problems in society, especially those of interest to you
  • Understand key sociological developments, theories, frameworks, and methods utilized across several sociological subfields
  • Use reason and logic to theorize about why social inequalities persist despite the best intentions of social actors
  • Develop a toolkit that can facilitate action-oriented and praxis-based approaches remedying ongoing social inequalities