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SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

This course is an introduction to the sociological perspective. Students examine the social processes that shape societies and the course of their histories. The social nature of biographies is explored through the study of the family and socialization, education and work, bureaucracy and the economy, gender, social class, and race and ethnicity.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 16, 2021 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • To define sociology and explore the sociologist's view of society.
  • To explain the major forces of inequality and inequity.
  • To identify and apply sociological theories to the problems of modern society.
  • To identify the various social forces that affects your life and others.
  • To sharpen analytic and communication skills through informed discussion and well-reasoned writing.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2023

Section Title Instructor
01 Introduction to Sociology Caldwell, Mark Anthony Books Course details
50 Introduction to Sociology Caldwell, Mark Anthony Books Course details

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
01 Introduction to Sociology Enke, Janet Lynne Books Course details
50 Introduction to Sociology Bowman, Emily A. Books Course details