Learning goals and student learning outcomes
The following goals and outcomes have been established for students pursuing the MA degree in Sociology
Demonstrate an understanding of the Sociological Imagination:
- Grasp the dynamic relationship between the individual, institutions, and society.
- Understand the internal diversity of society both in the U.S. and in global contexts.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of racial, ethnic, class, and gender diversity in contemporary society.
- Apply the macro and micro orientations in sociological knowledge to real world problems through research application.
- Define and apply the basic concepts of sociology including culture, status, roles, norms, institutions, social class, race, gender, and inequality through the interpretation of sociological data.
- Demonstrate the role of theory in sociology through an evaluation of the foundations of sociological theory, and application of theory in a comprehensive exam, applied research project, or thesis.
- Demonstrate expert knowledge of one particular substantive area of sociology through a comprehensive exam, applied research project, or thesis.
Possess Research Skills and Knowledge
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the core methodological foundations of sociology, including quantitative and qualitative orientations to social research.
- Develop research questions and research problem statements that are based in a pertinent theoretical framework.
- Demonstrate an ability to design and implement a research program that adheres to the ethical guidelines of the American Sociological Association.
- Conduct sociological research through the application of research design, including data generation, data analysis (including the use of statistical analysis software), and writing-up research findings.
- Practice critical thinking as foundational for sociological practice.
Develop Communication, Professionalization, and Leadership Skills
- Possess the ability to effectively present sociological concepts and research results orally and possess the tools to lead a discussion on such topics in a seminar, at a conference, or in the classroom.
- Possess the ability to effectively present research results in writing, with the proper citation of sources and strict adherence to the basic rules of grammar, syntax, and spelling.
- Produce written communication in the form of a comprehensive exam, applied research project, or thesis that is characterized by clarity and accurateness of argumentation, insight into sociological thought. Use written communication to interpret information in an effective manner.
- Demonstrate leadership and teamwork in a diverse environment.
- Establish professional relationships with and collaborate with faculty in a range of professional settings.