Few students come to college to major in sociology. They discover sociology by accident, usually after taking an especially interesting introductory sociology course. That's often when students begin to discover what C. Wright Mills called "the sociological imagination." When students begin to recognize that their personal lives are in some way linked to larger cultural and institutional social structures, they experience that truly exciting "aha!" moment!.
To maintain a high frequency of "aha!" moments that promote critical thinking and intellectual growth, sociology students must be able to strategically select from a broad array of courses. Fortunately when WSU sociology majors ask the question, "what courses should I take?" they have available to them many different course options. Our students have considerable discretion to explore course offerings that obviously and often surprisingly link to their future career goals.
Adapted from "Navigating the Sociology Major" by Sweet and Rothenberg