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Skidmore College
Sociology Department

Student Learning Goals

Below are the departmental learning goals mapped to College-wide goals for student learning.

  1. Learning and Knowledge
    1. Acquire knowledge about human society through the study of sociology and related disciplines. (Ia, Ib, Ic) 
    2. Understand core sociological concepts including social structure, social inequality, socialization, social norms, social roles, social identities, social institutions, social theory, social research.  (Ib, IIIa) 
    3. Recognize variation in human behavior and social systems across time and place. (Ia, Ib, IIIb) 
  2. Intellectual Skills and Practice
    1. Use sociological imagination; understand the intersection of biography and history in one’s life and across diverse circumstances and identities. (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIa, IIIa, IIIb) 
    2. Gather, analyze, integrate, and apply varied forms of social scientific evidence in conversation with sociological theories. (Ib, Ic, IIa, IIb, IIc, IIIc, IVa) 
    3. Communicate effectively in the written word, the spoken word, and the visual image (IIc, IIIc)
    4. Engage in critical and independent thinking (Ib, IIc, IId, IIIb, IIIc) 
  3. Values and Transformation
    1. Interrogate one’s own beliefs and values in relation to sociological learning. (IIa, IIe, IIIa, IIIb) 
    2. Apply sociological knowledge and learning to matters of personal and social concern. (Ia, IIIb, IIc, IId, IIe, IIIc, IIId, IVa, IVc) 
    3. Embrace intellectual integrity, humility, and courage (IVb, IVc)
    4. Carry sociology into life at and beyond college. (IIe, IIIc, IIId, IVc, IVd)