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.
1) Students will acquire methodological, statistical, and computer skills 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.
4) Students will acquire knowledge of basic sociological concepts, such as social structure, social change, social institutions, social stratification, etc.
5) Students will understand the major theoretical perspectives within sociology.
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.
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