The Sociology Department supports the college-wide Core Learning Outcomes, in addition to promoting the following general social sciences outcomes and program-specific outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge of a range of facts, terminology, events, and/or methods that social scientists in various disciplines must possess in order to investigate, analyze or give a history of, or predict human, group, or societal behavior.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply classifications, principles, generalizations, theories, models, and/or structures pertinent to social scientific efforts to organize conceptual knowledge in various fields.
- Demonstrate the ability to reach conclusions/make arguments across a range of social science topics that are tied to a defensible sifting of appropriate evidence relative to the questions involved.
- Demonstrate an understanding and recognition of the diversity of perspectives, cultural understandings, and ways of thinking that others bring to bear on social science questions.
Sociology Program-Specific Outcomes:
Students should be able to:
- Distinguish between explanations from an individualistic perspective and a sociological perspective.
- Describe and apply the major sociological theories.
- Demonstrate understanding of the core concepts of sociology (for example: socialization, culture, deviance, inequality, social institutions, globalization).
- Explore the main methods of sociological research and identify their strengths and weaknesses.