Student Learning Outcomes

BA/MA Sociology

1. Critical Thinking – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Identify premises in given arguments
§         Recognize underlying assumptions
§         Present opposing views
§         Integrate materials
§         Move from content to analysis to evaluation
2. Effective Communication – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Write a clear and focused account of a social event, issue, topic, or problem
§         Write a clear and appropriate analysis of sociological issues and concepts
§         Write clear and appropriate evaluation of theoretical or empirical knowledge-claims
§         Appropriately present or discuss theoretical or empirical knowledge-claims
§         Summarize the results of a sociological research process in an articulate manner (verbally or in writing)
3. Acquisition of the “Sociological Imagination” – demonstrated by student ability to: 
§         Understand that culture and social structure vary across time and place
§         Comprehend the interplay between certain “vested interests” and a particular social order
§         Describe how a person’s biography interrelates with social context, social structure, and historical period
4. Apprehension of Sociology as a Discipline  – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Distinguish between data and ideology
§         Describe what is meant by social institutions and social systems
§         Describe how sociology differs from other social and behavioral sciences
5. Appreciation of how Social Structures Operate  – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Provide examples of the impact of social institutions on human groups
§         Understand that there is an interplay among social institutions
§         Understand some of the processes by which inequalities are created and perpetuated
§         Understand that broad factors (e.g., urbanization or population) affect social structures and individuals.
6. Basic Understanding of the Dynamic Relationship between Individuals and Society  – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Describe how individual and group social interaction influences society/social structure
§         Describe how structural factors contribute to individual behavior and self-development
7. Comprehension of Basic Concepts in Sociology  – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Define and provide key examples of socialization
§         Define and provide key examples of stratification, inequality, etc.
§         Define and provide key examples of social structure, social institutions and social systems
8.  Comprehension of the Role of Theory in Sociology – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Understand what a theory is and how it contributes to sociological knowledge
§         Apply theoretical perspective to social event or idea
§         Describe basic aspects of key theoretical orientations (conflict, interactionist, structural-functionalist)
9.  Comprehension of the Role of Evidence in Sociology – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Recognize scientific method in sociology
§         Describe the difference between dependent and independent variables
§         Describe the general role of methods in social research
§         Appropriately apply basic statistical tests
§         Interpret sociological findings expressed through data
§         Describe basic ethical issues pertinent in sociological research
10. Enhanced sense of occupational/personal development – demonstrated by student ability to:
§         Express broader concept of post-degree options
§         Express greater awareness/understanding of engagement with one’s social environment
§         Describe an awareness of the sociological imagination on a day-to-day basis
§         Demonstrate facility with working in groups