Cornerstone, or early major-specific courses that bridge introductory
and upper-level content, are uncommon in sociology. This chapter
explores the ways in which cornerstone courses can make
contributions to sociology curricula by helping prepare students for
advanced courses in several topical areas, including theory and
methods. Depending on their focus, they can also further students’
understanding of the sociology major and its associated career
options. We describe cornerstone courses in sociology, generally,
and outline the design, structure, and content of each of our
cornerstone courses, specifically. Our goal with this chapter is to
encourage instructors and departments to think creatively about ways
to address curricular needs and improve the student experience
within our majors.
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