The Sociology program at Buffalo State seeks to cultivate in our students a critical understanding of the social world through a focus on the relationship between the individual and society. Through this development of “the sociological imagination” (Mills 1959), we aim to illuminate interdependence among social structures, cultural objects and social processes. Across our curriculum, we strive to cultivate an understanding of dynamics of social diversity and inequality. Our courses develop students’ critical reasoning skills by emphasizing the importance of imagination and creative thinking, logical analysis, and rational skepticism in evaluating beliefs and claims about the social world. Through the development and honing of these skills, we aim to prepare our students for productive intellectual, social and ethical citizenship.
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