Loyola University Maryland

Department of Sociology

Learning Aims

The Sociology Department has 6 key Learning Aims for students taking courses and completing the major and minor:

  1. Understand the discipline of sociology and its role in contributing to an understanding of social reality.
  2. Be able to think critically.
  3. Master fundamental sociological theory and concepts.
  4. 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.
  5. Understand the role of evidence and empirical methods in sociological thinking.
  6. Understand the importance of using sociological knowledge to inform policy debates and promote public understanding.

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.

(Revised 03/19/2019)

Michelle Gawerc

Michelle Gawerc, Ph.D.

This sociology professor's work is driven by her dedication to peace, justice, and understanding