Sociology | Introduction to Sociology
S100 | 4056 | Hotchkiss

We’ve all heard these statements; “children from wealthy families
are more likely to do well in school and attend college than are
children from poor families”, “men get better grades in science and
math than woman”.  Scientists hear these statements and ask why is

While some scientist may focus on genetic differences or
neurological functions and others may focus on individual human
behavior, sociologists examine the interactions between people and
groups of people.

In Sociology 100 this fall we will be asking “why is that?’ about a
variety of issues.  Topics we will address include gender, race,
class, religion, deviance, and politics.  In this class, we will
learn to look at these topics sociologically, not merely accepting
them at face value but examining statements such as those above
critically and analyzing the social forces that these issues
contain.  Throughout the semester we will look at how these topics
relate to current social issues.  By the end of this course you will
possess the sociological tools necessary not only to identify social
problems and consider possible solutions, but also to critically
examine the society you live in and your place in it.