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Student testimonials

“Before taking this class, I was blind to the underlying influences of society. When I did recognize certain things, I didn’t have a name for it. After taking this class, I feel that I have a better understanding of how our society works and how it influences my life. This class brought up issues that I never thought would stir such strong emotions inside of me. Now that I am more aware and conscious about my place in society, I will be able to make more informed choices for the future.”SOC 204 Sociology in Everyday Life

“This course has caused me to reflect on my life and my status in very meaningful ways. It has opened my eyes to things I would have never thought of in the past. It’s influenced me to get more engaged in things happening in society today and do a ton more reading!! Such a great class!”SOC 204 Sociology in Everyday Life

“I am so much more aware of all of the social problems going on around me, and I feel confident that I can have educated conversations about these problems. This course was truly eye-opening and full of tons of great information.”SOC 206 Social Problems

“I have a better view of the workings and flaws with the political and social systems of American society. Understanding these problems, their origins, their causes, their possible solutions has given me a better perspective of what I ought to do as a responsible person living in this society.”SOC 206 Social Problems

“This course essentially made me evaluate my stance on violence and my interactions with the world around me.”SOC/PS 211 Peace & Conflict

“I realized that many people are frustrated with the system we live in today, but that a big part is also us. I realized that I can make a lot of difference in the community, and that we as individuals in masses probably are able to change the system more effectively, than if only certain leaders, like the president, would do it in changing certain laws. This class was VERY eye-opening, and has changed my perspective of society very much. It has inspired me very much!”SOC/PS 211 Peace & Conflict

“I enjoyed the weeks of class where we focused on Institutional Oppression, TNJC, Black Lives Matter and Constructing the Border. I learned SO much and these topics were ones that impacted my life the most and hope to learn more about throughout my college career.”SOC 213 Diversity in the United States

“I have become much more aware of the events and injustices that have happened in our history and how they correlate to today’s. All of these heavy topics have been making me feel very depressed and frustrated with our society, though I know it’s good to be aware, otherwise how are we to ever change it?”SOC 213 Diversity in the United States

“Course has given me perspective and language to identify gender inequality and advocate for change.”SOC 218 Sociology of Gender

“With this class I can pinpoint what the problem is now instead of sitting there not knowing what to do or say. I can say it in good sociological terms and I can say what I have to without feeling like a real jerk. I know how to soften the blow.” SOC 218 Sociology of Gender

“This class really broadened my perspective. We were constantly encouraged to challenge and critique assumptions that we had held about the world, which was really worthwhile. I would highly recommend this class.”SOC 221 Globalization & International Relations

“I now have a better understanding of how my everyday choices really do add up and ways to better myself for not only my personal health, but my environment and community as well.”SOC 228 Introduction to Environmental Sociology

“I think this course is important for helping break down barriers when working for environmental justice causes and helps make better advocates that have compassion and understanding.”SOC 228 Introduction to Environmental Sociology