The program provides an opportunity to develop theoretical and
methodological analytical skills to interpret data and
The program will prepare graduates to:
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and the
ability to apply concepts of the discipline of
- Describe the historical development of social theory.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major theorists and their
contributions to theory.
- Apply theoretical concepts to societal issues.
- Apply diverse theories to conceptualize and explain central
problematic issues; such as the nature of modern society, the
relationship between the individual and society, social order and
social change and conflict and inequality.
Demonstrate advanced methodological skills
in the application of sociological perspectives.
- Apply the major steps of a research process.
- Master techniques of data analysis, including basic statistical
- Demonstrate knowledge of when qualitative research is
- Analyze, interpret and apply statistical data
- Analyze, interpret and apply quantitative and qualitative
- Assess the reliability and validity of the data.
- Apply data to a variety of social contexts
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and techniques of field
study and participant observation.
- Explain the relevance of biographic and historical
Demonstrate advanced scientific skills in
the execution and presentation of sociological research.
- Communicate scientific knowledge effectively, both orally and
- Master necessary computer and software skills to analyze and
report data professionally in properly structured tables and
- Follow proper citation and reference formats, reporting style,
and ethical protocols.
Demonstrate an advanced ability to use a
sociological framework to conceptualize, analyze, and evaluate
problematic social issues.
- Apply this framework to issues of the social
- Create policy recommendations based on this framework
- Work effectively in a social group and as a team member.
Demonstrate advanced understanding of ethical guidelines for
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of professional
- Report research findings accurately.
- Protect the anonymity, privacy, and confidentiality of the
- Respect the rights and interests of people participating in the
research, especially the rights of children and other vulnerable
Demonstrate an advanced ability to
participate in society as a critical thinker interpreting
information from a sociological standpoint.
- Interpret data from a sociological perspective.
- Apply the tools of sociological theory to information.