Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

Mission

The Department integrates sociological and anthropological perspectives on the human condition.  In the department’s interdisciplinary curriculum, students are actively engaged in learning to appreciate the reciprocal relationships between the individual, institutions and society, as well as the constructed and constrained nature of all social and cultural realities. 

Our students develop empathy and respect for human diversity and socio-cultural differences in and among people.  Further, students develop the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to apply these insights to lead productive and meaningful professional and personal lives in their communities.

Student Learning Outcomes for Sociology and Anthropology

  1. Students learn to critically examine their social world and understand how to change it.
  2. Students understand the dialectical relationship between micro and macro social forces.
  3. Students explore the richness of all social life – both the familiar and unfamiliar – through interdisciplinary, multi-cultural, and comparative study.
  4. Students understand the historical and contemporary relevance of theoretical paradigms and apply these models to the analysis of empirical examples.
  5. Students develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies including the ability to interpret numerical, textual, and visual information.
  6. Students demonstrate clear, effective and creative written and verbal communication.