College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

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  • Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to apply the “sociological perspective" to their own lives and to the social environment of which they are a part. They will possess what C. Wright Mills called the "sociological imagination," where they are able to see how their biography relates to the time in history in which they live. Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living." The sociological perspective is crucial for "the examined life," a rich interior life in which one's relationships to others and to society are analyzed in this age of rapid social change.
  • Students will have the knowledge and ability to use sociological concepts creatively in analyzing and critically thinking about social phenomena. Graduates in sociology will have acquired an understanding of the need for evidence, not only for public policy decisions, but for life decisions. Graduates will also have acquired sensitivity to people from various ethnic, religious, racial, economic backgrounds, and sexual identities, and will see how prejudice and discrimination are socially created attitudes and behaviors. They will be able to critically analyze the news of the day as well as changes in the global economy and other major social institutions.
  • Graduates will have facility with computer applications, writing and research skills and appreciate ethical considerations. They will also acquire skills necessary to gather, interpret, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data. These skills will allow them to participate in research projects.