Student Learning Outcomes

The primary aim of our curriculum is to provide students with the knowledge and
analytic skills necessary to understand social life in an increasingly complex
world. We want our graduates to be able to use the key insights and analytic
methods of sociology to improve the social conditions in which they and others
coexist. We expect holders of a California State University San Marcos bachelor’s
degree in sociology to be able to address large and small-scale social problems
through constructive empirical inquiry,critical analysis, and strategic action. The
Sociology Department’s curriculum cultivates the theoretical, methodological,
and advocacy skills integral to meeting these goals. The list below summarizes
the primary knowledge and skills students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Sociology will possess. Students who graduate with a 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.