Sociology Learning Objectives

Goals of the Sociology Program
The sociology major is designed to meet the following learning objectives for students.


Content Knowledge

By the time they complete the sociology major, students will be able to:

  • Describe the focus of sociology as a discipline. 
  • State what is distinctive about the sociological perspective.
  • Apply the sociological perspective to a problem or scenario.

Understanding Of Theory

By the time they complete the sociology major, students will be able to:

  • Identify theories and concepts from classical sociological theories.
  • Apply theories and concepts from classical sociological theories.
  • Identify theories and concepts from contemporary sociological theories. 
  • Apply theories and concepts from contemporary sociological theories.

Research Skills

By the time they complete the sociology major, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret quantitative sociological data using statistics, graphs, and data tables.
  • Do research that develops and tests hypotheses using data, including use of appropriate previous research, theory, data collection, statistical analysis techniques, interpretation of research results and development of conclusions.
  • Present research results in correct tabular and written form.

Communication Skills

By the time they complete the sociology major, students will be able to:

  • Write a paper following the format of published sociological research, including each of the major sections of a research paper. 
  • Communicate the results of sociological research in oral form.

Knowledgeable Consumers Of Research

By the time they complete the sociology major, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend and effectively extract central points from sociological research as it is presented in professional articles, including substantive content, theory, methods and conclusions.

Career-Related Skills

By the time they complete the sociology major, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the career options available to someone with a background in sociology.