Introduction to the systematic study of society and social behavior. Sociology offers students the opportunity to examine a broad range of social issues. Sociology moves beyond the individual to consider how larger structures of power and culture shape opportunities, attitudes, and behavior. This course serves as a prerequisite to upper-level Sociology courses and is a requirement for either the major or the minor in Sociology. As such it will introduce topics covered in more depth in other courses, such as race, gender, social class, immigration, public health, sexuality, and crime.