Goal 1: A student majoring in sociology will be able to recognize explicitly the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline of sociology, in addition to intellectual connections between sociology and other fields.
Outcome 1.1: Be able to define the role of theory in sociology
Outcome 1.2: Be able to define and use basic sociological concepts in a breadth of subfields, such as culture, structure, agency, status, role, norm, stratification, social class
Outcome 1.3: Be able to define the relationship of the discipline of sociology to other liberal arts fields
Goal 2: A student majoring in sociology will understand the centrality of race, class, age and gender in society and in sociological analysis.
Outcome 2.1: Be able to explain differences between the natural, economic, and socially constructed concepts of race/ethnicity, class/status, and sex/gender, religion, and age, and give examples of these differences.
Outcome 2.2: Be able to describe the significance of variations/inequalities by race, class, gender, religion, and age.
Outcome 2.3: Be able to appropriately generalize or resist generalizations across groups.
Outcome 2.4: Be able to apply the sociological imagination, or macro analysis, to individual experiences of race, class, gender, religion and age.
Goal 3. A student majoring in sociology will be exposed to multicultural, cross-cultural, and cross-national content relevant to sociology.
Outcome 3.1: Be able to define and provide examples of social plurality in national and international contexts
Outcome 3.2: Be able to explain and provide examples of contemporary processes of globalization, with respect to commercial, cultural, information, and immigration flows.
Outcome 3.3: Be able to conduct empirical research in a cross-cultural context and write a paper discussing this research in a critical analysis of theoretical and applied texts.
Goal 4. A student majoring in sociology will be exposed to classroom and empirical experiences that develop his/her critical thinking skills and prepare him/her for a life of civic engagement.
Outcome 4.1: Be able to think critically by…
- Identifying underlying assumptions in particular theoretical orientations or arguments.
- Identifying underlying assumptions in particular methodological approaches to research.
- Showing how patterns of thought and knowledge are directly influenced by political-economic social structures.
- Presenting opposing viewpoints and alternative hypotheses on various issues.
- Engaging in teamwork where different viewpoints are presented, in the classroom or in an empirical research setting.
- Experiencing opportunities to work in cooperation in classroom settings with students of varied class and ethnic backgrounds, as a result of sociology faculty’s engagement in recruiting students from underserved populations to the sociology program at Ramapo (e.g., Equal Opportunity Fund, SSS Trio grant).
Outcome 4.2: Become prepared for a life of civic engagement by…
- Engaging in teamwork or empirical research outside the classroom where different viewpoints on a social problem are addressed.
- Assess the political, economic, or cultural causes of the above social problem with bibliographic research.
- Articulate parameters and causes of the above problem, and propose feasible, researched collective actions or policy orientations to address the problem.
Goal 5. A student majoring in sociology will be exposed to research experiences that require posing sociological questions, data gathering with quantitative and/or qualitative methods, developing theoretical explanations, and bringing the aforementioned data to bear on them.
Outcome 5.1: Be able to use bibliographies and in-text citations to incorporate high quality sources into a research paper to support an argument, thesis, hypothesis, or research question.
Outcome 5.2: Be able to articulate how theory is used to explain the relationship between concepts.
Outcome 5.3: Be able to demonstrate the ability to correctly describe and/or conduct quantitative/qualitative data collection procedures.
Outcome 5.4: Be able to demonstrate the ability to correctly describe and/or conduct quantitative/qualitative data analysis procedures.
Outcome 5.5: Be able to successfully bring empirical results (either primary or secondary) to bear on a sociological question or hypotheses.
Outcome 5.6: Be able to demonstrate the ability to describe the process of protecting human subjects in empirical research studies.
Goal 6. A student majoring in sociology will be able to articulate sociological theories, data, and perspectives using clear writing in professional academic format.
Outcome 6.1: Be able to write a clearly organized, grammatically correct, research report in professional, journal quality format.
Outcome 6.2: Be able to write a clearly organized, grammatically correct, analysis of published theoretical works and empirical studies.
Outcome 6.3: Be able to demonstrate an understanding and use basic writing structures for successful argumentation: thesis statement, introduction, conclusion, topic and supporting sentences, transitions.
Outcome 6.4: Be able to use a professional citation format, such as that proposed for sociology by the Chicago Manual of Style.
Goal 7. A student graduating with a degree in sociology from Ramapo College will be well prepared for subsequent education or employment.
Outcome 7.1: Be aware of forms of employment available to holders of Sociology Bachelors’, Masters’, and Doctoral degrees.
Outcome 7.2: Be able to demonstrate an understanding of academic requirements and application procedures for an appropriate graduate or professional school.
Outcome 7.3: Be able to write a graduate or professional school application essay that demonstrates a sociological understanding of future topics of study.
Outcome 7.4: Be able to articulate to potential employers how sociology has prepared student for work responsibilities.
Outcome 7.5: Be able to demonstrate on a resume or curriculum vitae how specific skills attained in the sociology program will make student competitive in job search or graduate/professional school admissions.
Outcome 7.6: Be able to declare specialization in a sub-field of sociological study, such as immigration, urban sociology, quantitative methods, or the sociology of education.