Goal 1. A student majoring in sociology will be able to articulate foundational sociological theories and terminology.
1.1 Compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations (e.g., structural-functionalist, conflict, interactionist).
1.2 Define and use basic sociological concepts (culture, structure, agency, status, role, norm, stratification, social class).
Goal 2. A student majoring in sociology will understand the centrality of key characteristics, such as race, class, age or gender in society and in sociological analysis.
2.1 Explain how one of the following concepts are socially constructed: race, ethnicity, social class, sex, gender, religion, age, immigration status.
2.2 Demonstrate and explain examples of structural inequality based on race, social class, gender, religion, and age.
2.3 Be able to apply sociological imagination by identifying empirically- verifiable patterns and generalizations based on race, social class, gender, religion, and age and providing examples of social facts (e.g., norms, structures) that possibly shape such patterns.
Goal 3. A student majoring in sociology will be exposed to key texts in cultural studies with an emphasis upon meaning-making, multicultural, cross-cultural, and cross-national global contexts and content relevant to sociology.
3.1 Provide illustrative examples of cultural differentiation in national and international contexts.
3.2 Explain and provide examples of contemporary processes of globalization, such as the construction of diverse cultural meanings, processes related to the spread of global information, and immigration flows.
3.3 Conduct qualitative research from a cultural perspective, with an emphasis upon meaning-making, 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 analytic and empirical experiences that develop his/her critical thinking skills.
4.1 Identify key tenets of particular theoretical orientations or arguments.
4.2 Identify strengths and weaknesses in particular methodological approaches to research.
4.3 Show how patterns of thought and knowledge are directly influenced by political-economic social structures.
4.4 Present opposing viewpoints or alternative hypotheses on various issues.
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.
5.1 Be able to use theoretical arguments to explain the relationship between concepts.
5.2 Be able to correctly describe quantitative or qualitative data collection procedures.
5.3 Be able to correctly describe quantitative or qualitative data analysis procedures.
5.4 Be able to answer/test a sociological question/hypothesis using empirical data.
5.5 Be able 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.
6.1 Be able to write a clearly organized, grammatically correct, research report in professional, journal quality format.
6.2 Be able to write a clearly organized, grammatically correct analysis of published theoretical works and empirical studies.
6.3 Be able to use basic writing structures for successful argumentation: thesis statement, introduction, conclusion, topic and supporting sentences and transitions.
6.4 Be able to use a professional citation format correctly.
Goal 7. A student graduating with a degree in sociology from Ramapo College will be well prepared for subsequent employment or education.
7.1 Be able to demonstrate on a resume or curriculum vitae how specific skills attained in the sociology program are applicable to a future career – OR – Be able to write a graduate or professional school application essay that demonstrates a sociological understanding of future topics of study.