We live in challenging times. Globalization and communication technologies are bringing us into regular contact with those who are different in terms of culture, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and more. Additionally, we often seem at the mercy of large, impersonal forces that we don't quite understand. Sociology offers a useful perspective on our world, as well as a wide range of research techniques that can be used to inform policy and as a force for social change.
Starting with the premise that all human behavior is social, sociology examines the structures of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. To use the words of American sociologist C. Wright Mills, a sociological imagination allows us to understand how individual lives are shaped by economic and political institutions of the society, and not merely by "the personal situation and character of a scatter of individuals."
The BA Sociology curriculum at URI is rich in the analysis of inequality, in the examination of the structural constraints of life, and in a humanistic appreciation for cultural diversity. Sociology at URI provides the substantive background and analytic and technology skills necessary for success in 21st century careers and for thoughtful and engaged citizenship.
Students in the Bachelor of Arts curriculum are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits in sociology. These credits include several required courses:
In addition to these required courses, students are required to select at least two courses that focus on issues of inequality. These courses include:
The department offers a host of other courses including numerous courses in the following areas:
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