Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sociology Department is to create an active learning environment in which students gain an understanding of humans in groups and human social behavior. Through systematic critical study, students are exposed to classical sociological ideas, current scholarship, and its application to our increasingly global and rapidly changing, diverse societies.

Learning Goals


Students will be able to…

  • explain the diversity of people and societies
  • describe the interaction between the individual and society, and the interaction between biography and history
  • view the world from a critical perspective
  • explain the social construction of reality and culture
  • describe major sociological perspectives
  • research a specific sociological issue
  • critically analyze the society in which they live
  • explain the ethical dilemmas inherent in the discipline of sociology


Students will be able to…

  • present sociological argument in both oral and written forms
  • critically analyze sociology research
  • synthesize sociology theory and ideas
  • develop proficiency in the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • conduct scholarly research
  • develop proficiency in technology for use with data analysis
  • locate and use credible sources