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Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology Student Learning Outcomes

  • Sociological Imagination - Students should be able to analyze and think critically, rationally, and objectively to evaluate the social institutions and policies of American society, as well as those societies outside the boundaries of their own. Further, students should be able to develop, identify, and articulate their own personal values and connect these values to the social experience.
  • Methodology - Students should understand the methodological approaches that apply, with particularity to the social sciences, as well as display both qualitative and quantitative research abilities and be able to use these skills to develop creative thinking to address social questions.
  • Law and Society - Students should be able to identify and understand the basic structures and philosophies of the systems upon which the U.S. criminal and legal standards are based. This understanding includes the ability to think critically about problems of the U.S. legal system, to evaluate the U.S. systems with respect to comparative legal systems, and to comprehend the relationship between theory and practice.
  • Cultural Awareness - Students should understand the historical and current contexts of the diversity of human experience. Specifically, they should be sensitive to issues of stratification in relation to the range of cultural and gender identities within a complex world.
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills - Demonstrate proficiency in written and verbal communication and show this ability through the writing of cogent and well-researched presentations, papers, and essays on matters relevant to the social sciences. To this end, students should be able to use library and online resources to provide academically acceptable references including bibliographies, footnotes, and endnotes.