Introduction to sociology. Theory, methods, and approaches to the study of society. The use of several key sociological perspectives such as culture, social class, social psychology, and organizational power to analyze contemporary social issues. (Gen.Ed. SB, DU)
Introduction to sociology and social psychology. Topics reviewed include social perception, socialization, concepts of self, personal and gender identity, expressions of emotion, social roles, group formation and power, prejudice, racism, sexism, and other topics relevant to studies in social psychology. (Gen.Ed. SB, DU)

Have you ever stared at your notebook or computer screen ready to write a paper but could not do it? Writing is an essential part of students' lives. However, it is not an easy task. Therefore, this course is designed to improve your writing skills and help you develop your career. It is a writing seminar that fulfills the Junior Year Writing requirement and has three units: writing for an academic audience, writing for people outside the university, and writing to get funding. The first one is focused on writing sociological papers. The second unit is about public sociology. The last one is a discussion about writing proposals for awards, grants, fellowships, etc.

This course also aims to discuss social justice approaches to democracy. Thus, to practice our writing, we will explore the following question: do we live in a democracy? Last year, we witnessed a contentious election and transition of power. Besides, while some politicians classified Black Lives Matter protests as anti-democratic, they refused to define the attack on the Capitol in the same way. Are these events threatening American democracy or evidence that this democracy is failed? This course will also explore how democracy and social justice are related, focusing on the intersections between democracy, race, gender, and class.

Introduction to research design in sociology. How social science data are obtained and analyzed. How data are used to describe and draw conclusions about social phenomena. Surveys, sampling, interviews, observation, and field methods. Prerequisites: One course in STATISTC.