Sociology (BA/BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Students should understand the discipline of sociology, its basic concepts, and its role in contributing to our understanding of social reality.

  • 1.1 Compare and contrast sociology with other social sciences.
  • 1.2 Define, give examples, show interrelationships, and discuss the relevance of basic sociological concepts.
  • 1.3 Describe and illustrate how sociology contributes to our understanding of social reality.

2. Students should understand the role of major theoretical orientations in sociology.

  • 2.1 Compare and contrast theoretical orientations and their limitations.
  • 2.2 Describe and apply theoretical orientations to at least one area of social reality.
  • 2.3 Describe and illustrate the role of theoretical orientations in building sociological knowledge.
  • 2.4 Explain how theoretical orientations reflect the historical and sociocultural contexts in which they were developed.

3. Students should understand the role of evidence using qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology.

  • 3.1 Students will critically interpret the results of research.
  • 3.2 Students will recognize ethical issues in research and how to resolve them.
  • 3.3 Students will design a research study and explain why methodological choices were made.
  • 3.4 Students will identify, compare, and contrast basic methodological approaches.

4. Students should understand the applicability of sociological knowledge and skills in the social world.

  • 4.1 Students will explain sociological concepts at the micro- and macro-levels.
  • 4.2 Students will apply the sociological imagination to institutions, situations, and her/his own life.

5. Students should understand American and global diversity and inequalities.

  • 5.1 Describe the significance of age and ability.
  • 5.2 Describe the significance of cultural relativity, prejudice, and discrimination across groups and through time.
  • 5.3 Describe the significance of race, ethnicity, and nationality.
  • 5.4 Describe the significance of sex, gender, and gender identity.
  • 5.5 Describe the significance of sexuality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.
  • 5.6 Describe the significance of social class.