Sociology Department

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Sociology will be able to: 

  1. Analyze and interpret the diversity of social experience using a sociological perspective, especially as they relate to race, class, gender, age, sexual preference, religion, and nationality.

  2. Assess the merits of competing theoretical approaches to formulate empirically researchable questions about social life.

  3. Locate, analyze, assess, and communicate sociological scholarship.

  4. Understand and employ a range of research strategies—quantitative and qualitative—and their applicability to particular research questions, theoretical orientations, and social contexts.

  5. Construct informed theories of social behavior from systematic observation of social life.

  6. Understand the ethical and social justice implications of sociological inquiry.

  7. Apply sociological theory and empirical research to advocate for positive social change.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies will be able to

1. Analyze and interpret the diversity of social experience associated with criminology and social justice issues, especially as they relate to race, class, gender, age, sexual preference, religion, and nationality.

2. Assess the merits of competing theoretical approaches to formulate empirically researchable questions about criminology and social justice concerns.

3. Locate, analyze, assess, and communicate criminology and social justice scholarship.

4. Understand and employ research strategies and their applicability to particular research questions, theoretical orientations, and social contexts.

5. Construct informed theories of social behavior associated with criminology and social justice from systematic observation of social life.

6. Understand the ethical and social justice implications of criminology and social justice inquiry.

7. Apply criminology and justice studies theories and research to advocate for positive social change.

The Master of Arts degree in Sociological Practice has been designed primarily as a terminal degree for students seeking careers in community college teaching, the human services or criminal justice sectors, or a preparation for advanced graduate study.

The list below summarizes the primary skills and knowledge that students graduating with a Master of Arts in Sociological Practice degree will possess:

1. Developing critical reasoning and social service delivery and sociological practice with particular attention to social justice implications.

2. Locate, analyze, assess and communicate a range of sociological scholarship and discourse.

3. Critically apply social theory to the development and assessment of social policies and programs in domestic and global contexts.

4. Learn effective communication skills to become strong advocates for sociologically informed decision-making.

5. Acquire advanced research skills in applied and evaluation research using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

6. Appreciate the varying perspectives, experiences, and belief-knowledge systems based in constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and class in preparatory and core courses that focus on age, religion, region, ability and sexuality

7. Apply all of the above to a substantive area for research, epistemological development, and translation to public sociology.