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Assessment Plan

Learning Goals



Please contact the Chair of the Department’s Assessment Committee, Charles Varano at, for more details. Only a few highlights are described below.

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

Graduating seniors overwhelmingly believe that all of the department's learning goals were somewhat or significantly attained. The learning goals of "understanding social reality and society" (98%); "knowledge about basic concepts" (98%); "understanding how institutions like the family, education, and the economy 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 hypotheses on various social issues" (96%); "research and statistical skills for evaluating and gathering evidence about social life and social relations" (98%); "knowledge about how the self develops sociologically rather than psychologically (95%) and "understanding the internal diversity of American society" (88%) were the most significantly attained. The only learning goals that was less significantly attained were "understanding the place of American society in the international and global world" (61%) and "basic computer skills necessary to find, communicate, create and apply sociological knowledge and information" (83%).

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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