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Learning Outcomes

Sociology Learning Outcomes at the Graduate Level

By the time students have completed their Ph.D., they will be able to:

  • Synthesize, critique, apply and extend major sociological theories.
  • Critique and evaluate qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods.
  • Design and conduct independent research that makes an original contribution to sociological knowledge.
  • Synthesize, critique, and identify extensions to previous empirical and theoretical work in at least two substantive areas of the discipline.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about sociological theories, arguments, methods, and concepts.
  • Be socialized into the profession. This can include attending a conference, organizing a session, presenting research, reviewing a journal article, peer mentoring, and otherwise participating in the organizational life of the program.


Updated 2021