The Sociology Department has 3 key Learning Aims for students taking courses and completing the major and minor.
- Master fundamental sociological theory and concepts (e.g., culture, social structure, social organization, and social change).
- 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.
- 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.
- Knowledge – Correct understanding via clear description/definition of key concepts.
- Application – Correct use of key concepts to explain social phenomena.
- 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.