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Assessment Data On Learning Goals
 
What are the perceptions of graduating seniors regarding the extent to which the department's learning goals have been attained?

The Department has established eleven learning goals. Seniors were asked to indicate the extent to which they believe each goal was attained by them. Below is a description of each goal and the percentage of seniors who believed that the goal was somewhat or significantly attained. Seniors could also check "attained to a small degree" or "not attained at all."


Percentage of Graduating Seniors Who Believe the Following Learning Goals Were Somewhat or Significantly Attained
Learning Goal
Somewhat or Significantly
Attained
Understanding social reality and society
98%
Research and statistical skills for evaluating and gathering evidence about social life and social relations.
98%
Knowledge about basic concepts such as culture, socialization, stratification, institutions, self, deviance, and so forth.
98%
Knowledge about how the self develops sociologically rather than psychologically.
95%
Understanding how institutions like the family, education, and the economy, etc. are interrelated.
98%
Understanding the significance of variations by race, social class, gender, and age.
98%
Ability to think critically about social events and to present opposing viewpoints and alternative hypothesis on various social issues.
96%
Basic computer skills necessary to find, communicate, create and apply sociological knowledge and information.
83%
Understanding the internal diversity of American society.
95%
Understanding cultures different from our own.
88%
Understanding the place of American society in the international and global world. 
61%
What this table shows is that graduating seniors overwhelmingly believe that all of the department's learning goals were somewhat or significantly attained. The data also show that a sizeable percentage of students do not believe that understanding the place of American society in the international global world was significantly or somewhat attained.

Percentage of Graduating Seniors Who Believe (to a great or some extent) Sociology Helped Improve Their Data Analysis, Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing Skills

Graduating seniors strongly believe that the sociology major helped them to increase their basic and general education skills. Over three-fourths believe that their skills in reading, writing, statistics, critical thinking, computer use, interpersonal and people management skills, and data analysis were to a great or to some extent helped by being a sociology major. Strongest support (to a great or to some extent) was given to the basic skills of writing (91%), reading, (82%) critical thinking (98%) and data analysis (87%). Thus graduating seniors believe that courses in sociology helped them to think more critically and to improve their ability to read, write and perform data analysis.

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