Letters: Fall 2004
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: October 7, 2004

Sociology explanation is 'mind-opening'

Sincere thanks to Professor Michael Toth and PSU Magazine for his eloquent, mind-opening article in the Spring 2004 issue, "What sociology has to offer." Toth's explanation of the sociological perspective furthers my own ongoing quest to understand and construct an accurate picture of the human situation.

His comments on the American myth of rugged individualism are immediately useful for both my personal understanding and my communication work at a public library district—an institution where we daily balance service to the greater social group against the personal desires of a few outspoken rugged individuals.

It's too bad that I completed my required sociology class at another university before transferring to PSU; I think I would have enjoyed and benefited from a term or two in Professor Toth's classroom.

Sue Vanlaanen '92
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