Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology will demonstrate the following:

Content: discipline knowledge and skills (theories, concepts, & terms)

  • Demonstrate the sociological perspective, core classic and contemporary sociological theories consistent with ASA requirements
  • Use and apply concepts such as sociological imagination and mindfulness, sociological terms when considering society and social problems and to acquire basic skills in research methods consistent with ASA ethical standards and guidelines
  • Describe the concepts of culture and social institutions and to provide and recognize examples

Critical thinking: skill in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem-solving (reflective & analytical)

  • Use and critically analyze the cornerstone classic and contemporary sociological theories
  • Read and evaluate qualitative and quantitative research designs and methodologies used in scholarly research within the discipline
  • Critically analyze the concepts of culture and social institutions and how they shape individual lives

Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills

  • Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the sociology literature, applying fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective conclusion resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
  • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information in order to ascertain the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of a given source.
  • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and a respect for diverse views in interpersonal settings
  • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings, using standard diction of American English in a professional manner including dress and demeanor
  • Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and, applying them appropriately, show a strong and direct link between concepts and assigned reading

Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline-specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity

  • Understand and demonstrate academic integrity, including honor code requirements within university, community and professional settings
  • Apply ethical standards of the sociological professions to research and practice
  • Understand the Christian worldview and apply Biblical values and moral/ethical principles to research and practice
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to issues of social diversity and exhibit respect for socially diverse group 

Project management: teamwork skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Adapt to new work environments and changing professional needs
  • Develop leadership and self-management skills to work effectively in a variety of social and group contexts
  • Respond appropriately to feedback from supervisors and team members
  • Apply academic knowledge to a variety of work and social contexts to enhance interactions and performance