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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Learning Outcomes

sociology department

  1. Critical skills and thinking. Students will be able to apply a sociological lens to scholarly research and other sources of information (e.g., newspapers).

  2. Career training. Students will be well-prepared for graduate training and/or entry-level positions in various fields:
    • Students will be able to reason logically, write cogently, and work with others.
    • Students will be able to discuss, in depth, sociological theories, ideas, and literature.
       
  3. Research skills.
    • Students will be able to transform a problem of interest into a researchable question.
    • Students will be able to justify various methodological decisions on ethical as well as logical grounds.
    • Students will be able to collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
       
  4. Life skills. Students will develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their role in society. Students will be able to explain how societal and structural factors influence life experiences and social problems across historical and cultural contexts.
  1. Placement: Ph.D. students will be able to obtain a post-doctoral fellowship, assistant professorship, or Ph.D.-level position in the applied social sciences outside of academia. M.A. students will be able to gain admittance to a Ph.D. program or obtain a M.A.-level position in the applied social sciences outside of academia.

  2. Ethics: Students will be able to understand the ethical dimensions of the field and follow ethical practices within all areas of their work.

  3. Breadth and depth of knowledge: Students will be able to identify the major methodological approaches and theoretical debates within the field.

  4. Service: Students will be able to contribute to the administrative functioning of their work unit (e.g., academic department) and/or to the administrative functioning of professional organizations (e.g., American Sociological Association).

  5. Teaching: Ph.D. students will be able to independently design and teach a course.

  6. Research: Students will be able to identify significant research problems and follow through with justification for appropriate data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

  7. Research: Students will be able to produce original research and publish it in journals in Sociology, its subfields, and/or allied fields.

  8. Research: Students will be able to efficiently and effectively present their research to other scholars in the field as well as lay audiences.