Introduction to Sociology

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the field and to introduce students to key sociological concepts and ideas.  However, the central mission is to teach students to “think sociologically”.

Thinking sociologically requires us to look at our everyday world as if seeing it for the first time.  It forces us to question things we take for granted, from our most routine behaviors to the nature of our “reality”.  Developing a sociological imagination can make us a little uncomfortable at times, but it also comes with the exciting prospect of leading to a more expansive understanding of the social world and our place in it.

Commuting Times in U.S.

Consequences of sitting in traffic…