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1 SOC55 Introduction to SociologyIntroduction to Sociology An introduction to basic sociological concepts, theories, and methods. Students in the course will be encouraged to develop "sociological imagination," that is, an understanding of the connection between personal biography and history. Course content will include an examination of social structure and culture (and the relationship between these two concepts), the socialization process, the major social institutions and their impact, the nature of inequality in society, and deviant behavior and social problems.
Another human behavior intro courseCommon partner course is Fundamentals of Psychology or Introduction to Economics
ElectiveIdeally, for a first year student, this elective rounds out an intellectually broad first semester at Mills. A course in a "completely different area" with a teacher who really excites is perfect. For those who prefer to stay closer to home an intro course in Government, Women and Gender Studies, or Public Policy might be worth investigating. For those who want to get started right away on a rigorous social science major, it's never too early to take Introduction to Statistics.
English I: Rhetoric and Composition for the College WriterRhetoric and Composition for the College Writer The ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and in the appropriate academic register is a fundamental part of a college education. ENG 001 is designed to enable students to write strong academic prose, to understand the complex relationship between language and rhetoric, and to negotiate the writing demands of an academic environment. The course helps students identify their own writing strengths and then builds on those skills to help students become successful college-level writers. Course includes separately scheduled individual tutorials. I
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Lower Division Sociology Elective 1Social Problems (SOC58) is a common choice. When offered, Sociology of Everyday Life (SOC153) is also open to first years even though it has an upper division number. Some students opt to take ANTH 58, Cultural Anthropology, to explore that as a possible major. This course CAN count toward the sociology major (see Major Requirements in catalog).
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2 Sociology Elective 2Elective
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SOC91 Research MethodsResearch Methods with Lab An introduction to the techniques social scientists use to answer empirical questions. Topics include how to read published research; collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data; communicate research results; distinguish between empirical, ideological, theoretical, and ethical questions; formulate research questions; and use computers to access, organize, analyze, and display social science data. Actual research methods covered vary from year to year but generally include social observation, interviewing, and surveys.
Sociology Elective 3Elective
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3 SOC116 History of Sociological ThoughtHistory of Sociological Thought The works of leading sociological theorists, the historical-ideological setting of each theorist, and major trends of development of sociological thought, with particular reference to the 19th and 20th centuries. Intensive reading in the primary sources.
Sociology Elective 5Elective
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SOC190 ProseminarProseminar in Sociology This course builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in the earlier sociology and anthropology courses and lays the groundwork for conducting original research for the senior thesis. Students will select topics for their research, construct research questions, review and analyze the existing literature, and develop proposals detailing the strategies that they will use in conducting original research.
Sociology Elective 6Elective
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4 SOC191 Senior SeminarSenior Seminar in Sociology Directed original research and senior projects.
Sociology Elective 6Elective
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Sociology Elective 7Elective
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