Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

I. Specific Skills

  • Apply a sociological lens to scholarly research and other sources of information (e.g., newspapers, websites, policies).
  • Use basic computer skills necessary to find, create, and communicate sociological information.
  • Execute effective reading, writing and speaking skills.
  • Students graduating with a major in sociology will be well-prepared for related educational and employment pursuits and as citizens.

II. The Discipline of Sociology and its Contributions to Understanding Social Life

  • Use and critically analyze classical and contemporary sociological theories.
  • Critically examine one’s own beliefs, cultural practices, and values, and develop the ability to understand social phenomena from multiple perspectives.
  • Explain how cultural and structural factors influence social life.
  • Analyze the structure of inequality in the United States and elsewhere.
  • Distinguish between sociological, psychological, and naturalistic explanations for human behavior.
  • Understand how to apply disciplinary concepts, analytic tools, and theoretical frameworks to address real worldly social problems.

III. Research Methods in Sociology

  • Transform a problem of interest into a researchable question.
  • Evaluate study designs and methodologies employed in the social sciences.
  • Justify various methodological decisions.
  • Explain the ethical implications of social science research.
  • Understand self-reflexivity and how it shapes the research design and the study’s outcomes.