Sociology B.A. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Department of Sociology is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the best tradition of a liberal arts education. The Department prides itself in providing a quality education to its majors, minors, and graduate students. It is also committed to serving the larger university community by participation in such programs as the Core Curriculum. Consistent with this mission are the following objectives:

  • Development of critical/analytical thinking
  • Rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Analysis of social problems using a variety of sociological perspectives
  • Professional socialization toward social responsibility and service to the community
  • Fostering a critical awareness of diversity issues
  • Enhancement of written and verbal communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to make a connection between their personal experiences and public issues and are able to analyze social behavior or specific social events in their societal context.

Assessment Method
  • Term papers
  • Student responses to evaluation survey
  • Senior thesis
  • Student evaluations
  • Examinations

2. Students will be able to apply various sociological perspectives to understand social issues and are able to contrast and compare different sociological perspectives.

Assessment Method
  • Term papers
  • Senior thesis
  • Student responses to evaluation survey
  • Examinations