- Understanding concepts of culture and society;
- Understanding of systems of inequality and the dynamics of local and global distributions of power;
- Understanding the constructed nature of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and culture;
- Understanding of basic theoretical arguments in sociology/anthropology/crime and justice studies as appropriate to their major concentration;
- Critical understanding of social scientific approaches to research, sound research designs and basic social scientific research methods; and
- Ability to apply knowledge from discipline-specific research and theory to issues in their lives and communities.
- Present organized and coherent arguments both orally and through written essays;
- Understand and critically evaluate social-scientific work; and
- Ability to assemble relevant published background research, critically evaluate the research, and integrate it into an argument.