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Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Sociology & Anthropology Learning Objectives are listed for each degree program: Sociology, Sociology/Criminology, Sociology Graduate Program, and Anthropology.

Sociology Undergraduate Student Learning Objectives
  • Students will develop an understanding of sociological theories and concepts.
  • Students will develop knowledge of the data collection and analysis techniques that sociologists use to gather and evaluate empirical data.
  • Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate sociological research.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the diverse forms and sources of social stratification, inequality, and difference that exist in society.
  • Students will develop understanding of the social and cultural processes and structures that inform social interaction.
  • Students will develop the skills of citizenship through a sociologically-informed understanding and commitment to democratic values and civic responsibility.
Sociology/Criminology Undergraduate Student Learning Objectives
  • Students will develop an understanding in the theories of crime, deviance, law, and the criminal justice system.
  • Students will develop knowledge of the data collection and analysis techniques used to study crime and the criminal justice system.
  • Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate studies of crime and the criminal justice system.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the forms and distribution of crime.
  • Students will develop an understanding of social control as it is practices in everyday social life.
  • Students will develop the skills of citizenship through a discipline informed understanding and commitment to democratic values and civic responsibility.
Sociology Graduate Program Learning Objectives
  • Students will develop advanced understanding and ability to use sociological paradigms, theories, and concepts.
  • Students will develop advanced knowledge of the logic, methods, and applications of sociological inquiry.
  • Students will develop the ability to independently critically evaluate and apply sociological theories and research methods to specific sociological problems.
  • Students will develop and apply sociological skills and knowledge to become a productive member of society.
Anthropology Student Learning Objectives
  • Students will develop an anthropological perspective built upon a holistic understanding of cultural and biological systems.
  • Students will develop an understanding of local and global processes and social complexity through space and time.
  • Students will develop basic knowledge of data collection methods and the analytic techniques that anthropologists use to evaluate these data.
  • Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate anthropological data.
  • Students will develop the skills of global citizenship through an anthropologically-informed understanding of human diversity.


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