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The goals of the Undergraduate Program in Sociology
To instruct students about the value of recognizing and understanding social difference (citizenship, diversity, etc.) and to help them acquire different ways of thinking about the world (doing work to understand and/or change it).
- To instruct students in analyzing and collecting data and connecting findings to the broader society.
- To assist students in gathering information about "societal questions" and seek to answer them in systematic ways.
- To establish a balance between having students understand what research is, how to do it and how to use it.
Sociology Course Sequence Structure
In order to achieve the goals of the Undergraduate Program, the Department of Sociology offers a sequence of courses structured in the following manner:
- 100-level courses explore the meaning and significance of social differences and social processes, and why these are important social properties. These courses introduce the central terms, issues, and debates in the discipline, why and how they came into being, and how they are used.
- 200-level courses engage students in sociological issues through experiential learning and dialogue-intensive courses, and courses that inform about the sociological relevance to various social issues and concerns. These courses also provide initial insight into how the discipline may be relevant for further study and for the pursuit of careers and other life goals.
- 300-level courses emphasize the teaching of data interpretation, sociological claim-making, and the construction of sociological arguments (understanding tables, creating tables, etc.). These courses also provide opportunities for more extensive writing in the discipline.
- 400-level courses offer more intensive instruction about data interpretation, sociological claim-making, and the construction of sociological arguments. These courses may also provide capstone experiences and opportunities to produce a research paper or engage research experience in a substantive manner