Learning Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Sociology majors will demonstrate comprehension of the discipline of sociology and its role in contributing to our understanding of social reality.
Objective 1.1: Students can apply the sociological imagination, sociological principles, and concepts to her/his own life.
Objective 1.2: Students can compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations.
Goal 2: Sociology majors will develop knowledge of sociological research methods.
Objective 2.1: Students can design a research study in an area of choice and explain why various methodological decisions were made.
Objective 2.2: Students can run basic statistical analyses to answer research questions.
Objective 2.3: Students can identify and understand how to apply different methodologies (i.e., quantitative vs. qualitative) to the same subject and determine the benefits of each.
Goal 3: Sociology majors will understand how to communicate within their discipline.
Objective 3.1: Students can engage in social scientific technical writing that accurately conveys data findings.
Objective 3.2: Students can orally present research or course material clearly and concisely.
Goal 4: Sociology majors will incorporate the values from the discipline.
Objective 4.1: Students can assess the impact of the negative effects of social inequality.
Objective 4.2: Students can appraise the utility of the sociological perspective as one of several perspectives on social reality.
Goal 5: Sociology majors will understand the operation of culture and social structure.
Objective 5.1: Students can describe the significance of variations by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and age, and thus critically assess generalizations or stereotypes for inaccuracy.
Objective 5.2: Students will identify examples of specific policy implications using reasoning about the effects of social structuration.
Goal 6: Sociology majors will be socialized for professional careers and/or further studies.
Objective 6.1: Students can identify a social problem, design ways to address it, and outline feasible steps to accomplish their task.
The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:
- Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
- Ethics Intensive, and
- Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.
General Education Signature Courses
See this page about Signature courses. Six courses
General Education Variable Courses
See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses
|SOC 101||Intro to Sociology||3|
General Education Overlays
General Education Integrative Learning Component
See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses
|MAT 118||Introduction to Statistics (This is necessary for use of SPSS)||3|
|Select one of the following:|
Introduction to Psychology
Any other social science course
|Arts & Sciences|
|Any course within the College of Arts and Sciences will satisfy this requirement enhancing our students' understanding of social justice|
8 elective courses
|SOC 102||Social Problems||3|
|SOC 211||Classical Sociological Theory||3|
|SOC 312||Social Research Methods I||3|
|SOC 313||Data Analysis||3|
|SOC 495||Seminar I||3|
|SOC 470||Special Topics||3|
|Any experiential learning, including study abroad, internships, study tour courses, and service learning|
|Select six additional SOC courses numbered above 200 as listed|