The Sociology department emphasizes four learning objectives:
Developing a sociological perspective--recognizing the importance of culture and social structure as fundamental social forces that influence human behavior at the individual, group, organizational, institutional, and societal levels. An understanding of basic sociological constructs and theories relevant to particular subareas of the discipline (e.g., criminology, demography, social psychology) and the ability to apply these to various areas of social life (e.g., family, education, government, community, business).
Understanding the diverse ways in which sociologists gather, interpret, and evaluate data, with a particular focus on the measurement of sociological constructs, inferring causal relationships, generalizing from samples to populations, and performing basic statistical analyses.
Articulating sociologically informed opinions and arguments concerning social and behavioral phenomena, and the ability to critically read and understand an argument and to critically evaluate that argument.
Understanding the similarities and dissimilarities of behaviors, attitudes, values, beliefs, and opinions across diverse social groups, and appreciating how various aspects of the social experience (e.g., occupational opportunities, crime, fertility) are structured or influenced by such factors as race, ethnicity, age, gender, and social class.
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