Courses Recommended for First-Years

Fall 2017 

SOCI UN1000 - The Social World

Teresa Sharpe (Columbia)

3 credits

Identification of the distinctive elements of sociological perspectives on society. Readings confront classical and contemporary approaches with key social issues that include power and authority, culture and communication, poverty and discrimination, social change, and popular uses of sociological concepts.


Spring 2018

SOCI UN2208 - Culture in America

Jonathan Rieder

3 credits

The values and meanings that form American pluralism. The three sections explore taste, consumption, and art: moral conflict, religion and secularism; identity, community and ideology. Examples range widely: Individualism, liberalism and conservatism; Obama's "transracial" endeavor; the food revolution; struggles over family and sexuality; multiculturalism; assimilation and immigration.