Student Learning Outcomes
All graduates will be able to:
- To enable students to conduct original, empirical research the program aims to provide a variety of experiences, inside and outside of the classroom, that help students to:
- Formulate an important, viable sociological research question within their field of expertise, including situating that research question within the relevant literature.
- Collect or identify data from which to draw conclusions about the research question.
- Apply appropriate research methods to sociological questions and describe the research methods accurately.
- Appropriately analyze research data and present results in a clear, concise manner.
- Draw conclusions about the research questions in a way that effectively locates the conclusions in the larger body of knowledge.
- Draw implications about sociological knowledge from research findings.
- To prepare students to contribute to scholarly dialogue about their area of expertise, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help students to:
- Present their research at local, regional, national, and international professional conferences and symposia.
- Present research to broader audiences through publication in professional, peer-reviewed journals.
- Develop a comprehensive knowledge of past and current research in their field of expertise and demonstrate that knowledge in a timed writing situation.
- To train students to communicate sociological knowledge to relevant audiences, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help students to:
- Broaden their professional foundation through undergraduate teaching.
- Place students in positions in academia, government, and the private sector (job placement statistics).