Sociology Department Learning Goals
Sociology as a discipline seeks to understand the dynamics of the social world through a variety of areas of inquiry. These include: why societies develop, are maintained, and/or change; the socio-historical context of social phenomena and construction of knowledge; how race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and other signifiers of "difference" affect structural arrangements and personal experience; and how social relations and processes - between social systems and the natural world, between social forces and social movements, and between the dynamics of power and inequality - operate at local, regional, national, and global levels. Students who major in Sociology will gain the following knowledge and skills.
- Actively engage in sociological inquiry by learning to construct a coherent thesis with a supporting argument and by competently synthesizing and evaluating different forms of data.
- Articulate sociological knowledge through the development of communication skills and collaborative opportunities.
- Move from description to critical analysis of the social world and the students’ place in it.
- Develop a sense of agency and responsibility by engaging in the world outside the classroom.