Sociology: Essential to General Education

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 9:25am

Just like breakfast cereal, sociology courses represent an important part of a complete and total experience within a university education. In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (click here for the article), Dr. Cameron Lippard, an associate professor of sociology, pointed out that sociology courses in general education requirements introduces students to a variety of critical perspectives that may assist a student in better understanding their professions and the people they work with on a daily basis. As Dr. Lippard stated in the article, 

[A sociology course like the] Sociology of War might seem irrelevant to a nursing student, he said, but it could come in handy when he or she is treating a veteran. "That’s the importance of a university," said Dr. Lippard, "to give you perspective on something you didn’t think would matter."

 

This coming Fall the Department of Sociology will  offer several different sociology courses that will help students meet their course requirements and grasp the learning goals of: thining critically and creatively, communicating effectively, making local to global connections, and understanding responsibilities of community membership. Below is a list of those courses and how they correspond to General Education requirements:

 SOC 1000: The Sociological Perspective (Meets Liberal Studies Experience and Social Science Designation Requirements).

 SOC 1100: Social Problems in American Society (Meets Integrative Learning Experience Theme, "Revolutions: Social and Political" and Social Science Designation Requirements).

 SOC 1110: Sociology of Intimate Relationships (Meets Integrative Learning Experience Theme, "Social Relations Across Contexts" and Social Science Designation Requirements).

 SOC 2020: Social Deviance (Meets Liberal Studies Experience and Social Science Designation Requirements).

 SOC 2050: Social Inequality and Diversity (Meets Integrative Learning Experience Theme, "Intersections" and Social Science Designation Requirements).

 SOC 2850: Constructions of Gender (Meets Liberal Studies Experience and Social Science Designation Requirements).

 SOC 3100: Gerontology (Meets Liberal Studies Experience and Social Science Designation Requirements).

 SOC 3710: Sociology of Appalachian Communities (Meets Integrative Learning Experience Theme, "Appalachian Mountains" and Social Science Designation Requirements).

 SOC 3800: Sociology of War (Meets Integrative Learning Experience Theme, "War and Peace" and Social Science Designation Requirements).

If you would like more information on the Department of Sociology's General Education courses, please contact Dr. Cameron Lippard. 

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Department of Sociology
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32115
209 Chapell Wilson Hall
480 Howard Street
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-2293
Fax: 828-262-2294

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