About Us

Program Mission

Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social behavior. The major in sociology is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve intellectual and personal growth, as well as develop skills to improve the well-being of their larger communities. Our courses provide students with opportunities to use the sociological perspective in examining the link between individual lives and larger social processes; in understanding the major theoretical perspectives in the field; and in interpreting and evaluating social data and research projects. The curriculum is designed to increase students' exposure to sociocultural diversity and increase students' awareness of the centrality of race, class, gender, age and other variables in society and in sociological analysis.  

Student Learning Goals

1) Students will acquire methodological, statistical, and computer skills to conduct social research.

  •  Student demonstrated methodological skills required to conduct social research.
  •  Student demonstrated computer skills required to conduct social research.
  •  Student demonstrated statistical skills required to conduct social research.

2)  Students will be able to interpret and evaluate social data.

3)  Students will develop an awareness of, an appreciation for, and an openness to socio-cultural diversity and variation.

  •  Student demonstrated knowledge of contemporary ethnic groups of modern global society.
  •  Student demonstrated knowledge of historical societies.

4)  Students will acquire knowledge of basic sociological concepts, such as social structure, social change, social institutions, social stratification, etc.

  • Student demonstrated understanding of gender and ethnic inequality and racism.
  • Student demonstrated knowledge of social structure, social change, social institutions, and social stratification.

5) Students will understand the major theoretical perspectives within sociology.

  • Student demonstrated knowledge of "classical" perspectives in sociology.
  • Student demonstrated knowledge of theoretical perspectives which challenge or extend classical theories.

6)  Students will  demonstratedknowledge of basic social psychological concepts, such as prejudice, aggression, collective action, persuasion, socialization, social interaction, construction of self, impression management, and the impact of media on self and social interaction.

  • Students demonstrated knowledge of empirical studies on  prejudice, aggression, persuasion, and collective action.
  • Students demonstrated knowledge of symbolic interactionist theory related to socialization, social  

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: Goals align with departmental recommendations developed by the Task Force on the Undergraduate Major of the American Sociological Association in Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major