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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 Learning Outcomes

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 Student Learning Outcomes

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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