Sociology Program Student Learning Outcomes

SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology


  1.  Apply social theories correctly to examples of current or historical events.
  2.  Utilize the sociological imagination/perspective to analyze social issues, topics, and behavior.
  3.  Evaluate social research and utilize the data to analyze patterns of behavior. 
  4.  Apply specific sociological terms and concepts to social issues and examples.
  5.  Explain how various social locations such as class, race, gender, culture, age, religion, education, and   sexuality are vital to the study of sociology and how these impact individuals and groups.


SOC 2 Social Problems


  1.  Analyze specific social problems in terms of their cause-effect patterns.
  2.  Compare and contrast various social problem programs and/or treatments in terms of their effectiveness.
  3.  Apply the three main social theories to various social problems in society.
  4.  Critically evaluate the proposed ways to alleviate the major social problems facing society today.
  5.  Analyze how social location, race- class- gender- sexuality- nationality-religion, affects social problems.


SOC 10 Introduction to Marriage and the Family


  1.  Apply the three main sociological theories and sociological concepts to examples of the various issues   affecting partnerships, marriage, and the family both historically and in contemporary American society.
  2.  Evaluate social research on partnerships, marriage, and the family and apply the research data to   examples  affecting marriages and families.
  3.  Analyze and evaluate gender socialization, norms, and expectations as they relate to partnerships,   marriage, and the family.
  4.  Compare and contrast the family structure historically and in present day society and the effects on the   family and individuals.
  5.  Analyze and evaluate issues of family conflict, divorce, and remarriage.
  6.  Analyze the effects culture, social class, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and work affect partnerships,   marriage, parenting, and the family.


SOC 15 Socialization of the Child


  1.  Apply the three main sociological theories to examples of the various issues affecting the socialization of   the child.
  2.  Analyze and evaluate current social research on socialization of the child.
  3.  Differentiate and analyze the ecological factors that influence the socialization of the child   (Microsystems, mesosystems, and macrosystems).
  4.  Analyze the factors that affect the family and the institutional influences on the socialization of the child.
  5.  Analyze and evaluate community support services and agencies.
  6.  Synthesize and analyze social change and the current impact on children and their families.


SOC 16 Death and Dying


  1.  Explain the main theoretical perspectives, particularly the sociological approach, as they relate to the   study   of death and dying and related topics.
  2.  Research and critically analyze specific topics on death and dying.
  3.  Analyze the current death system, including the components of, function of, and challenges to the death   system.
  4.  Compare and contrast main perspectives on death, life after death, and the diversity in death rituals.
  5.  Examine end-of-life issues and decisions.
  6.  Explain the components of bereavement, grief, and mourning.


SOC 20 Ethnic Cultures of the United States


  1.  Analyze and evaluate the stereotypes of ethnic groups in the United States as well as the effects   stereotyping has on group members.
  2.  Compare and contrast the different theories of prejudice and discrimination.
  3.  Compare and contrast the immigration and assimilation experiences of select ethnic groups in the United   States.
  4.  Apply the theories of prejudice development and analyze ways to promote diversity awareness and   equality.
  5.  Analyze and apply sociological concepts to specific ethnic group’s experiences and the consequences that   group membership has on their lives and future outcomes.


SOC 21 Women in Contemporary Society


  1.  Apply the three main social theories and sociological concepts to examples of women's cultural, social,   psychological, and economic experiences and/or conditions.
  2.  Evaluate and analyze the status of women and issues of gender inequality in contemporary American   society by incorporating analysis of the cultural, social, psychological, and economic conditions of   women.
  3.  Analyze how gender affects women's sex role socialization, intimate relationships, partnership/marriage,   the family, sexuality, and body image.
  4.  Analyze specific issues of health and reproduction, religion, crime and the criminal justice system,   politics, the media, healthcare system, education and the educational system and how these institutions   that affect a diverse group of women.
  5.  Analyze how social location, race- ethnicity- social class- gender- sexuality- nationality -religion, affects   women in contemporary society.
  6.  Critically analyze the concept of feminism and the future of women in contemporary society.


SOC 23 Food and Society


  1.  Analyze the agricultural and food production systems, analyze the effects the current food production   system has on individuals, society, and the environment and apply sociological theories to the key issues   on the food system in the United States and globally.
  2.  Analyze the effects culture, gender, and the media has on foodways as well as analyze the causes of and   long term health effects related to foodways and food consumption.
  3.  Evaluate past and present issues of schools and food, the school lunch program, and food education.
  4.  Analyze food politics and the current effects on individuals and society.
  5.  Analyze causes and effects of food waste and the steps needed to alleviate food waste, food surplus, food   scarcity, food insecurity, and anti-hunger efforts.
  6.  Evaluate the water crisis in the United States and globally, and the long-term implications.
  7.  Evaluate sustainability and what it means to have a sustainable society and evaluate how individuals can   make a difference in their community and in society in relation to food and the environment.
  8.  Apply the course material to implications these issues have on one’s own life.


SOC 25 Social Stratification


  1.  Apply social theories and sociological concepts to historical and current examples of social stratification.
  2.  Analyze the American system of stratification and social mobility. 
  3.  Evaluate the effects social stratification and social inequality has on various minority groups.
  4.  Analyze dimensions of social stratification in the United States and globally, including social class,   gender,   race and ethnicity, and sexuality.
  5.  Analyze the development, structures, patterns, and consequences of social stratification, as well as the   maintenance of the systems of stratification.


SOC 30 Social Psychology


  1.  Identify the interactive effects of sociology and psychology on behavior.
  2.  Describe the actual, imagined or implied presence of others' effects on behavior.
  3.  Analyze specific social-psychological phenomena by application of appropriate major theoretical models.
  4.  Explain both general and specific perceptual characteristics that impact behavior.
  5.  Identify how the processes of social perception influence how we perceive ourselves, other individuals   and other groups in society.
  6.  Discuss the concepts of conformity, obedience, attitude formation, persuasion and group processes.
  7.  Evaluate current issue s and controversies in the field of social psychology.


SOC 125 Sociology of Aging


  1.  Analyze both the aging individual and society using a sociological perspective.
  2.  Identify the theoretical perspectives associated with aging and analyze topics through these lenses.
  3.  Analyze the demographic trends of aging globally and locally and describe its impact on society today   and in the future.
  4.  Compare the social support systems available to the older adult population.
  5.  Examine social issues and policies faced by older adults and identify possible solutions.
  6.  Participate in service learning at an approved organization related to aging and connect experiences to the   topics covered in the course.


SOC 180 Introduction to Aging


  1.  Explain the concept of gerontology and its focus of study.
  2.  Identify the theoretical frameworks associated with the study of aging and apply them to topics related to   gerontology.
  3.  Analyze aging from a biological, psychological, and sociological perspective.
  4.  Explain the differing experiences of aging individuals based on factors such as race, ethnicity, gender,   culture, education, social class, and sexuality.
  5.  Identify the various social policies and social problems affecting older adults and provide solutions.
  6.  Research and evaluate potential career pathways for gerontology and related fields.