The Department of Sociology is housed within the School of Social Sciences. The department consists of eight full-time faculty and several lecturers who specialize in environment, race, education, family, immigration, media, gender, organizations, social psychology, culture, and health & welfare. All sociology faculty are active within their areas of expertise and related professional communities.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Upon degree completion, sociology majors will be able to
- Apply sociological theories to understand social phenomena
- Critically evaluate explanations of human behavior and social phenomena
- Apply scientific principles to understand the social world
- Evaluate the quality of social scientific methods and data
- Rigorously analyze social scientific data.
- Use sociological knowledge to inform policy debates, promote social justice, and engage in public exchange of ideas
Through successful completion of the major, sociology students will engage the following capacities:
- Critical Comprehension: To develop the capacity for critical reading of scholarly and professional materials in sociology.
- Written and Oral Presentation: To develop the capacity for critical written and oral presentation and evaluation of scholarly and professional materials in sociology.
- Bibliographic Search: To develop the capacity to identify and to make productive use of a variety of traditional and non-traditional bibliographic and archival sources.
- Computer & Information Technologies: To achieve competence in the use of relevant computer modalities and information technologies.
- Professional Ethics: To develop an understanding of the ethical issues involved in scholarly inquiry and professional and workplace practice, and in publication.
- Individual and Collaborative Work: To gain experience working individually and collaboratively.
- Intellectual Competence: To develop the capacity to understand contemporary issues from a sociological perspective and to grasp major issues in sociology.
- Responsible Citizenship: To develop an understanding of the rights and obligations of their roles as citizens, of their exercise, and of the application of critical inquiry to these roles.