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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. 

 

Below are the results of our most recent graduate program review:

M.A. Program

From 2012-2016, 17 M.A. theses were completed and 100% of these were successfully defended on the first attempt. One M.A. student attempted to pass the M.A. comprehensive exam, and she was successful in the first attempt. During the period examined, the retention rate for the M.A. program was 83.3%. Out of the 17 M.A. students who completed the program during the period examined, 11 were successfully placed in Ph.D. programs, 5 found employment in professional, applied, or other positions, and 1 recently graduated and returned to their home state and is seeking employment (94%). During the period examined, 30 research papers were presented by M.A. students at professional conferences. Although not expected at the M.A. level, 8 students submitted papers for publication during this review period with 4 accepted during this time. The longitudinal results indicate that we are making many present their work at professional conferences and have this research accepted for publication. Furthermore, we have high job and Ph.D. placement success, which we strive to continue in the future.

Ph.D. Program

From 2012-2016, 23 Ph.D. degrees were awarded and 100% of these students successfully passed their final examination on the first attempt. Regarding the PhD preliminary examinations, of the 26 original exams, 62% passed on the first attempt. Eight of the exams required rewrites of examination questions from the students, which meets out expectations. All of these students successfully passed their preliminary exams after their revision attempts.

Of the 16 Ph.D. graduates, 15 obtained employment in academic positions, post-doctorate fellowships, or research centers (94% placement). Of the 43 Ph.D. students enrolled in the program during the period examined, 39 were retained for a retention rate of 90.7%. During the period examined, 137 research papers were presented by Ph.D. students at professional conferences. Further, 49 research papers were submitted to professional journals and other publication outlets for review, 38 manuscripts were accepted for publication with a Ph.D. student as a sole or co-author. The longitudinal results indicate that we are making many improvements in the program, including increasing the number of students who present their work at professional conferences and have this research accepted for publication. In this review period, all of our students successfully defended their dissertations on the first attempt, providing evidence of their training and preparation for their future careers. Furthermore, we have high job placement success, which we strive to continue in the futue.