Student Learning Goals


  • 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.

General skills

  • 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.