The Sociology faculty have spelled out the knowledge and skills that, in our judgment, Sociology Majors should develop by the time they graduate. We obtained feedback from students on earlier versions of the goals, and the goals, will no doubt continue to evolve over time. We intentionally set our sights high in the goal statements, because we want to provide the best undergraduate Sociology program our skills and resources can furnish. We are using the goals to guide decisions in revising our course offerings, and will be contacting you as you near graduation to find out how we can improve our Sociology program.


I. Acquire Core Disciplinary Knowledge:

a. Comprehension and use of core sociologial concepts;
b. Comprehension and use of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology
c. Apply different levels of analysis in explaining social phenomena.
d. Demonstrate an ability to identify the importance of differences among groups regarding cultural and social variables.

II. Cultivating Historical and Comparative Analysis Skills

a. Achieving awareness of the historical roots of contemporary social practices and social problems
b. Demonstrate an awareness of social structural and cultural differences among world societies

III. Instilling Quantitative and Qualitative Sociological Research Skills

a. Understanding basic philosophical, ethical and methodological principles underpinning social science
b. Demonstrating basic qualitative research skills or
c. Demonstrating basic quantitative research skills
d. Showing ability to critically evaluate published research.

IV. Building Strong Communication Skills

a. Being proficient in the use and evaluation of appropriate social science-related resources, such as library and electronic sources
b. Communicating effectively in written and oral forms as part of required coursework
c. Writing cogent sociological papers with proper grammar, spelling and ASA-style citations and references

V. Promoting the Use and Application of Sociological Skills and Concepts

a. Demonstrate an ability to pursue a graduate career
b. Application of sociological research and analytical skills to private, public and non-profit agencies
c. Demonstrating intervention skills such as consulting, organizational development, mediation, administration, supervision, and policy implementation as these skills are course-relevant, or part of internship experiences.