Sociology Mission, Goals, & Objectives
The Sociology Department Goals
- Students will be familiar with the sociological perspective on human behavior and key concepts in sociology.
- Describe how sociology is similar to and different from other social sciences.
- Use sociological concepts and employ the “sociological imagination” to analyze social behavior and social reality.
- Define, give examples, and apply the concepts of culture, socialization, social structure, deviance, and diversity in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, and social as well as the micro/macro distinction.
- Explain how the self develops sociologically and to explain the reciprocal relationships between the individual and society.
- Students will be familiar with the major theoretical orientations in sociology.
- Define theory and describe its role in building sociological knowledge.
- Compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations such as conflict, structural-functional, interaction.
- Describe and apply basic theories or theoretical orientations.
- Students will understand the role of evidence in sociology and will be familiar with quantitative and qualitative research methods used in the social sciences.
- Identify basic methodological approaches and understand the role of methods in building sociological knowledge.
- Compare and contrast basic methodological approaches for gathering data.
- Critically assess published research reports/articles.
- Design and complete a research study.
- Use data sets to answer research questions.
- Understand and apply basic statistical tests used in the social sciences.
- Students will be able to communicate effectively.
- Express ideas in a clear and coherent manner in writing.
- Express ideas in a clear and coherent manner through oral presentations.
- Work together in teams to present group projects.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, and application of principles.
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