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Student Learning Objectives Sociology

Bachelor of Arts 

  • Students will apply statistical approaches to described empirical patterns and test theory.
  • Students will assess research studies in terms of key choices and decisions.
  • Students will define and compare basic theoretical orientations, how these reflect historical and cultural context, and how they can be applied to social reality.
  • Students will describe the diversity of American society, and the significance of race, class, gender, and age.
  • Students will describe the role of research methods in building sociological knowledge.
  • Students will differentiate between sociology and other social science approaches.
  • Students will discuss the influence of social structure on individuals, and the effects of social interaction on society and social structure.
  • Students will identify and compare basic methodological approaches.
  • Students will understand and apply such basic concepts as culture, social change, socialization, stratification, social structure, and social institutions.
  • Students will understand the place of American society in the international context.

Master of Arts

  • Students will demonstrate mastery of qualitative and quantitative research methods and design and  use intermediate statistics to conduct research.
  • Students will define and critically evaluate theoretical orientations, learn  how these reflect historical and cultural context, and how they can be applied to social research.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate graduate level research skills in a substantial paper.

Ph.D. 

  • Students will demonstrate mastery of qualitative and quantitative methods and research design and use multivariate statistical tools to conduct original research.
  • Students will define and critically evaluate theoretical orientations, and learn how these reflect historical and cultural context. They will apply them to social research.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of at least two bodies of advanced sociological research in ASA recognized areas.
  • Students will evaluate and conduct new sociological research.
  • Students will demonstrate special competence in one or more ASA recognized areas by active involvement in research within those areas.
  • Students will gain experience and demonstrate skills in course design, classroom teaching, and evaluation of student performance through exams/papers.