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Learning Outcomes

Departmental Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS)

Graduates from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice will be able to do the following after graduation:

  • Think analytically and critically about historical and current issues in society
  • Communicate clearly, effectively, informatively, and persuasively to diverse audiences
  • Understand the role of theory and research methods in the creation of social facts and presentation of information
  • Identify and analyze the realities of social inequality (including race, gender, and class) to better develop solutions to move toward social justice and equity
  • Apply sociological and criminal justice concepts to prepare for internships, graduate education, and future careers

Sociology Major Student Mission and Learning Outcomes

The mission of the sociology program is to develop in our students the unique insight of the science of the sociological imagination. Majors and minors will have the opportunity to explore the ways social forces shape individual lives, social interactions, and opportunity. To this end, students will be actively engaged in the systematic study of social behavior and social interaction, social structures, and the changing nature of society.

Sociology majors will be able to do the following after graduation:

  • Understand how sociology (as a discipline) and the sociological imagination (as a perspective) inform our understanding of the social world
  • Use sociological insight to inform practices in social work, particularly in terms of working with various populations
  • Consider diverse, competing interests and structural factors in decision making

Criminal Justice Major Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

The mission of the criminal justice program is to provide a social scientific approach to the criminal justice system within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. Students learn about the nature and causes of crime and the structures and processes by which society responds to criminal behavior, including law enforcement, the courts, correctional system, and criminal law. Majors and minors have the opportunity to study criminal justice, as well as, related fields, such as sociology and political science.

Criminal justice majors will be able to do the following after graduation:

  • Examine and assess the structure, function, and process of the criminal justice system, including the systems of the police, courts, and corrections, and how they work in a democracy
  • Critically analyze the philosophical and theoretical foundations of the criminal justice system
  • Understand and analyze the moral and ethical dilemmas within the criminal justice system and policies

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