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Examines the complexity of the sociological perspective to provide students with the conceptual tools essential to the development of a more complex understanding of the human condition. Students develop a comprehension of the role that social organization, socialization and social interaction plays in the formulation of social identity, a common conceptual understanding, social inequality and cultural diversity. (Formerly known as SOCY 110)
Presents examination of the scientific research that has led to a better understanding of human sexuality in its anatomical, physiological, sociological, cultural, and psychological aspects. Draws upon the multiple disciplines of sociology, psychology, and cultural anthropology. Incorporates English literature in biographies and/or short story form to illuminate real world issues. Special attention is given to sexual diversity, specifically marginalized LBGTQ individuals, sexual disorders, and sex and gender non-conformity.
Examines the complexities of race and ethnicity in America and around the world. Topics include the social construction of racial and ethnic identities, the historical patterns of racial and ethnic exclusion, and the role of race and ethnicity in the perpetuation of social inequality and the shaping of world events.