Program Goals and Learning Outcomes
I. To enable students to develop a sociological imagination.
- Distinguish sociological explanations of human behavior from those of other disciplines.
- Express sociological ideas in a clear and coherent manner.
- Describe how social structure affects groups and individuals.
- Articulate the relationship between self and society.
II. To enable rigorous analysis of social phenomena using sociological concepts, frameworks, and methodologies.
- Delineate the major theoretical frameworks used in building sociological knowledge.
- Apply sociological theories to social phenomena.
- Explain how social structures are reproduced or changed as a consequence of social forces.
- Transform a problem of interest into a researchable question.
- Evaluate methodologies employed in the social sciences.
- Explain the ethical implications of social science research.
III. To encourage the development of engaged, thoughtful individuals capable of applying a sociological lens to address social problems.
- Use sociological information to critically analyze contemporary social issues.
- Describe patterns of social inequity and their affects for groups and individuals.
- Evaluate different strategies for ameliorating social problems.