Tomato, Tomäto

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Tomato, Tomäto explores what we believe about social and linguistic aspects of personal identity. In Introduction to Sociology and in Language and Power, you will see how we develop societal beliefs and how those beliefs about society play out in our beliefs about “good/correct” language versus “bad/incorrect” language (wrong grammar, bad pronunciation, bad words). We will explore the factual basis of many of these beliefs in an honest and sensitive community that asks hard questions, both of our society and of us as individuals. 

Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:

UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit

LING 201 Language and Power- CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course introduces a new way of looking at language and the relations between people who speak different languages or the same language differently. It explores the implications of linguistic and anthropological findings about language and society and looks at the relationship between language variation (such as accents and dialects) and the social power of speakers of these varieties

SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology- CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

How and why do human groups and societies develop and function? Sociology offers a scientific understanding of human behavior as it relates to and results from interaction within these groups. Presents fundamental concepts, theories, and methods of research.