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Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Sociology Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.A. or B.S. degree in either the general or criminology option of sociology offered at Kansas State University should be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

Social Theory

Understand and appraise the major social theories and apply them to analyze social behavior.

Research Methods

Understand and apply basic sociological research methods, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.

Critical Thinking

Identify and critically evaluate the causes and consequences of social behavior.

Sociological Imagination

Understand and analyze the relationship between social structure and individual behavior.

Social Inequality

Understand and differentiate the processes by which social inequality is produced and maintained in contemporary societies on dimensions such as class, race, gender or others.

Professional Communication

Effectively communicate and summarize how the sociological perspective contributes to an understanding of human behavior.

 

Click on the following link to access a listing which details how these learning outcomes are emphasized in our sociology courses: Alignment Matrix (PDF)

 

Students who graduate with an M.A. or Ph.D. in Sociology from Kansas State University should be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

M.A. Program

Demonstrate competency and understanding of sociological theory, research methods, and one area of specialization in the discipline.

Demonstrate the ability to apply sociological knowledge to produce scholarly and creative works, including research papers and theses.

Demonstrate an awareness of principles of integrity and ethical behavior that are central to the profession of sociology.

Ph.D. Program

Demonstrate competency and understanding of sociological theory, research methods, and two areas of specialization in the discipline.

Demonstrate the ability to apply sociological knowledge to produce scholarly and creative works, including research papers and dissertations.

Demonstrate an awareness of principles of integrity and ethical behavior that are central to the profession of sociology.