Upon successful completion of the program, sociology majors can:

  1. Demonstrate a general knowledge of sociology’s topical areas of study.
  2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of at least one of these topical areas.
  3. Identify key sociological theorists, theoretical paradigms, and research methodologies, including strengths and weaknesses of each.
  4. Apply and present sociological thinking to analysis of social structures and institutions, social movements, practices, and social constructs such as race, gender, social class, and other social positions that organize peoples’ lives.
  5. Demonstrate research literacy, i.e., read and assess the quality of peer-reviewed research.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to formulate a research question, design a research project, and carry out a plan of research, including empirical observation and analysis of data.
  7. Apply sociological knowledge and thinking to real-world situations.