The Sociology Department supports the college-wide Core Learning Outcomes, in addition to promoting the following general social sciences outcomes and program-specific outcomes:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Demonstrate an understanding and tolerance 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.