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Goals and Learning Outcomes of the Sociology Major at Hood College

Goal 1: Students graduating with a major in sociology are able to demonstrate an understanding of the sociological perspective of society and human behavior.

Students graduating with a major in sociology will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of important sociological concepts.
  • apply sociological thinking—including the principles and concepts central to the discipline—to understand different aspects of the social world.

Goal 2: Students graduating with a major in sociology are able to articulate the role of theory in sociology.

Students graduating with a major in sociology will be able to:

  • understand the history of sociological thought.
  • compare and contrast different theoretical orientations in sociology.

Goal 3: Students graduating with a major in sociology can demonstrate an understanding of, and specific skills in, the design and conduct of social research.

Students graduating with a major in sociology will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the specific uses, strengths, and limitations of different methods of social research.
  • design and carry out a social research project.
  • use the computer to compile, manipulate, and analyze quantitative data.

Goal 4: Students graduating with a major in sociology possess communication and analytical skills that can be directly applied to their future endeavors in education, employment, and life.

Students graduating with a major in sociology will be able to:

  • write in a clear and concise manner.
  • make clear and concise oral presentations.
  • use current technology to find, organize, and communicate information.
  • critically evaluate information that comes in a variety of formats - published reports, peer-reviewed research, and general media.