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Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes apply for both the BS and BA degrees in Sociology.

Upon completion of a BA or BS degree in Sociology (General Emphasis):

  • Students will be able to comprehend and criticize the major theoretical perspectives that inform modern sociological thought.  Specifically, students will be able to (a) show what these perspectives have in common and how they differ and (b) critique these different perspectives in terms of their explanatory strengths and weaknesses for purposes of understanding what each reveals and obscures about the subjects of sociological inquiry.
  • Students will learn to apply a range of research methods in conjunction with sociological theory in order to explain and analyze complex social relations and organization.  Specifically, students will be able to demonstrate that they can: (a) identify, define, and give examples of various methods used in sociological research on contemporary societies, and (b) recognize and interpret research methodologies used in sociological literature.
  • Students will learn to apply social analysis to substantive social issues and problems, including such areas as race, gender, power, inequality, and globalization.  Specifically, they will be able to apply sociological theories and methods in these substantive areas in order to understand social problems and inform social policy.

  • Students will be able to engage in critical thinking about various aspects of social life and organization.
Upon completion of a BS or BA degree in Sociology (Criminology Emphasis):

  • Students will be able to comprehend and criticize the major theoretical perspectives that inform modern sociological and criminological thought.  Specifically, students will be able to: (a) show what these perspectives have in common and how they differ and (b) critique these different approaches in terms of their explanatory strengths and weaknesses for purposes of understanding what each reveals and what each obscures.
  • Students will learn to apply a range of research methods in conjunction with sociological and criminological theory in order to explain and analyze complex social relations and organizations.  Specifically, students will be able to demonstrate that they can: (a) identify, define, and give examples of various methods used in sociological and criminological research on contemporary societies, and (b) recognize and interpret research methodologies used in sociological and crime and deviance literature.
  • Students will learn to apply social analysis to substantive social issues and problems, emphasizing crime and deviance, but also including race, gender, inequality, power, and globalization. Specifically, they will be able to apply sociological and criminological theories and methods to these substantive areas in order to understand social problems, in particular crime and deviance, and inform crime-related social policy.

  • Students will be able to engage in critical thinking about various aspects of social life and organization, including crime and criminal justice institutions.