Sociology Student Learning Outcomes

Alignment Matrix (PDF)

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:

Theory

Demonstrate familiarity with theoretical expectations of sociological thinkers.

Methods

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

Critical Thinking

Demonstrate ability to think critically about social institutions, values and norms.

Sociological Imagination

Understand the connection between individuals' personal troubles and social problems.

Social Complexity

Understand the values of social, cultural, and political diversity.

Structural Inequality

Understand structures and processes of local and global inequalities, across dimensions such as race,  class and gender.

Communication

Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) on how sociology contributes to an understanding of the social world.

Professional Development

Develop sociological knowledge, skills, and values that can be applied in various occupations and in graduate or professional school.

 

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.