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Most of us have a basic idea about how houses or transportation systems are built, but little knowledge, beyond common sense, about how societies are constructed. Sociology systematically examines the architecture of our social world and our everyday interactions.

Sociology provides a framework to understand how societies, and social life in general, are created, maintained and changed. Students of sociology gain an appreciation of why it is that we do things one way, while other cultures do things differently.

An important American sociologist, C. Wright Mills, coined the term “sociological imagination.” He defined a sociological imagination as “the quality of mind essential to grasp the interplay between biography and history . . . self and the world.” This key concept is at the core of all sociology courses. Experience it!