Student Learning Goals and Outcomes for Undergraduates

GOAL 1.  Students should understand the discipline of sociology, its basic concepts, and its role in contributing to our understanding of social reality.

  • Learning Outcome 1-A:  Compare and contrast sociology with other social sciences.
  • Learning Outcome 1-B:  Describe and illustrate how sociology contributes to our understanding of social reality.
  • Learning Outcome 1-C:  Define, give examples, show interrelationships, and discuss the relevance of basic sociological concepts.

GOAL 2.  Students should understand the role of major theoretical orientations in sociology.

  • Learning Outcome 2-A:  Compare and contrast theoretical orientations and their limitations.
  • Learning Outcome 2-B:  Describe and illustrate the role of theoretical orientations in building sociological knowledge.
  • Learning Outcome 2-C:  Explain how theoretical orientations reflect the historical and sociocultural contexts in which they were developed.
  • Learning Outcome 2-D:  Describe and apply theoretical orientations to at least one area of social reality.

 GOAL 3.  Students should understand the role of evidence using qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology.

  • Learning Outcome 3-A:  Identify, compare, and contrast basic methodological approaches.
  • Learning Outcome 3-B:  Design and implement a research study and explain why various choices were made.
  • Learning Outcome 3-C:  Critically interpret the results of research.
  • Learning Outcome 3-D:  Describe ethical issues in research and how to resolve them.

GOAL 4.  Students should understand the utility of sociological knowledge and skills in the social world.

  • Learning Outcome 4-A:  Apply sociological concepts and principles to institutions, situations and her/his own life.
  • Learning Outcome 4-B:  Apply the sociological imagination to institutions, situations and her/his own life.

GOAL 5.  Students should understand American and global diversity and inequalities.

  • Learning Outcome 5-A:  Describe the significance of race, ethnicity, and nationality.
  • Learning Outcome 5-B:  Describe the significance of social class.
  • Learning Outcome 5-C:  Describe the significance of sex, gender, and gender identity.
  • Learning Outcome 5-D.  Describe the significance of sexuality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.
  • Learning Outcome 5-E.  Describe the significance of age and ability.
  • Learning Outcome 5-F.  Describe the significance of cultural relativity, prejudice, and discrimination across groups and through time.

 Amended and Approved by faculty on January 23, 2008