May 30, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ ARCHIVED CATALOG VERSION ]

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SOC 215 - Diversity in U.S.

Number of Credits: 3
Explore the relationship between dominant and marginalized groups in the United States, including inequality based on race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and disability. Examine the socio-historical context of group experiences that have led to differences in power, privilege, and access to opportunity in contemporary U.S. society. Prerequisite: ENGL-101.  (Fall & Spring) Three hours lecture each week. Three Credits. Three billable hours.

Diversity: Meets Diversity Requirement.
GENERAL EDUCATION. Category: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101 .

Course Topics:
American Indian, African American, Latine/x, Asian, White ethnic, and W.A.S.P. experiences in the U.S. 

Social inequality in the U.S. including racism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, classism and other -isms.

Prejudice, discrimination, privilege, oppression

Racial/ethno/religious conflict worldwide

Social movements and conflicts in the U.S.


Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the key concepts sociologists use to analyze social inequality and group relations. (GE 1,3; PG 1,2,3)
  2. Describe the historical experiences of marginalized groups in the U.S. and the factors impeding their progress. (GE 1,3; PG 1,4)
  3. Analyze the life experiences of different marginalized groups and their contribution to American society. (GE 1,3,4,8; PG 2,3,4, 5,6)
  4. Examine the relationship between racism, sexism, other similar “-isms,”  and various social problems. (GE 1,3,4, 8; PG 2,4,5)
  5. Compare the impact of the subordination of groups in the U.S. with those in other countries. (GE 1,3,8; PG 2,4,6)
  6. Explore possible solutions to current issues and controversies around social inequality. (GE 1,3,4,8; PG 2,3,6)

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