Loyola University Maryland

Sociology Department

Learning Aims

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The Sociology Department has 3 key Learning Aims for students taking courses and completing the major and minor.

  1. Master fundamental sociological theory and concepts (e.g., culture, social structure, social organization, and social change).
  2. Understand diversity and inequality (e.g., race, class, and gender) in the U.S. and the global context, as well as their relationship to social justice.
  3. Understand the role of evidence and empirical methods in sociological thinking.

The Sociology Department’s goal is that all sociology majors achieve three levels of mastery by graduation.

  1. Knowledge – Correct understanding via clear description/definition of key concepts.
  2. Application – Correct use of key concepts to explain social phenomena.
  3. Integration – Effective connection of key concepts/processes employed to explain social phenomena.

Annually, the Sociology Department reviews the work of students enrolled in senior level courses to ascertain if all levels of mastery have been achieved.