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.