College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2021-2022

Department of Sociology

Sociology, Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter the world of social and government services, business, industry, and organizations. The sociological perspective is essential for succeeding in today’s multiethnic and multinational work force. Our sociology major stresses an awareness of social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that both influence and are affected by social structures. This perspective is an excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations.
This degree builds a strong foundational knowledge in the study of social life, social change, diverse communities and their interactions. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that students have a strong substantive understanding in one of our concentration areas: social justice and inequality; culture and community; environment, globalization, and sustainability; or, health. Our curriculum further ensures that students can use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. In addition, they will be able to make clear and effective demonstrations of their work orally and in writing. Students will leave this program with an ability to make sense of the shifting social world and contribute solutions to difficult social problems.
The faculty of this department are innovative teachers and researchers who engage students in and out of the classroom. Our students are encouraged to participate in independent research projects with faculty, study abroad programs, internships, and student clubs and learning communities.
Sociology graduates are critically informed, value diversity and equality, and use their knowledge of sociology to pursue careers that promote these ideals. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S. degree in Sociology, students will have demonstrated competency of the following: 
  1. Foundational sociological knowledge by:
  • Explaining sociology as a discipline, including how it is a unique social science, how it contributes to a liberal arts education, and how the sociological imagination applies to reality;
  • Explaining the role of theory in sociology, including defining the major theories and their role in building sociological knowledge, comparing and contrasting them, explaining the context in which they were developed, applying them to social reality within a global context;
  • Applying basic concepts, such as culture, social change, sustainability, socialization, stratification, social structure, institutions, and differentiations (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality) and their theoretical interrelations to analyze social trends, conflicts, reciprocal relationships between individuals and society, and social policies; and
  • Evaluating the internal diversity of the United States and its place in the global context. 
  1. Effective communication—orally, written, and visually—of foundational sociological knowledge and methodology by:
  • Describing, explaining, and critically analyzing major sociological concepts and theories; and
  • Producing research proposals, presentations, and reports, individually and in research teams of diverse groups of people. 
  1. Critical use of scientific methods to develop empirical explanations of social phenomena by:
  • Assessing perspectives and approaches best able to research a particular phenomenon;
  • Developing research designs to discover, describe and/or analyze specific social components;
  • Applying and utilizing qualitative and quantitative techniques as part of the research design;
  • Demonstrating effective use of technology to retrieve data and information from databases in order to assess relevant research found in research publications and other sources; and
  • Analyzing and evaluating data to inform the explanation of the phenomenon being studied.

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