Many of you have been thinking in sociological terms without knowing it. You might have found yourself wondering about - or attempting to give reasons for - many social phenomena that come to your attention. Such as: Why does a woman earn 79 cents for every man’s dollar? Why do some families stay in the city, while others move to the suburbs? Why is drug use prevalent in some regions of the country and not in others? Why do dual income families still have trouble making ends meet? These are questions that interest sociologists. This course goes beyond introducing you to sociology as a social science. It also teaches you how to think analytically, to write critically, and to look at social issues systematically. The class serves as a building block for you to acquire a sociological imagination. The skills that you’ll learn from this course will benefit you as you navigate the enormous amount of information thrown at you from numerous sources, and will be helpful as you try to make sense of social issues beyond your personal experiences.