Anna A. Bruzzese, Ph.D.
Academic Senate President
Professor of Sociology
Office: FO 2901
History, Philosophy and Sociology Department
Pierce College ASO Clubs
American Sociological Association
Pacific Sociological Association
"Whatever sociology may be, it is the result of constantly asking the question, what is the meaning of this?" - C. Wright Mills
"It may be that we are puppets - puppets controlled by the strings of society. But at least we are puppets with perception, with awareness. And perhaps our awareness is the first step to our liberation." - Stanley Milgram
Have you ever thought about how who you are today, your aspirations, attitudes and beliefs were shaped by your social environment? Have you ever considered what assumptions people take for granted in their everyday lives? Have you ever wondered about social inequality and how social change occurs? If so, you may enjoy taking sociology, which is the systematic study of human social life.
In addition to the excitement of learning to formulate new questions and insights about the social world, sociology also offers useful critical thinking and methodological skills. Sociology can give you a new perspective, which will allow you to examine your goals and to see more clearly how you can best reach them. You will be able to understand what specific social forces may constrain you and what social mechanisms might help you along.
As Michelangelo said, "The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."
I hope that you aim high, dream big, and that sociology helps you assess your situation accurately, so that you can deal with obstacles creatively. Enjoy learning!