Learning Outcomes | Sociology

After Pacific | Graduates of the sociology program apply their knowledge across a wide range of professional fields. Many attend some of the country’s top graduate schools to continue studying sociology or another discipline. Graduates also teach and work in government and private industry.

They are professors, police officers, researchers, teachers, social workers, business managers, international aid workers and other types of professionals.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a major in sociology can:

  • Exercise the sociological imagination — observing the relationship between individuals and historical, cultural, and social forces
  • Perceive how one's particular life experiences are shaped by social economic status, age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and subculture
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the mechanisms that underpin social inequality
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the important theoretical models of the discipline
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the academic sociological literature as it relates to contemporary social issues
  • Apply sociological understandings to public debates and community programs
  • Understand social processes that contribute to social change
  • Articulate sociological ideas to a lay audience
  • Demonstrate an ability to gather and analyze data
  • Demonstrate an introductory understanding of how to present original research for an academic audience in oral and written form.
  • Demonstrate an ability to design and propose original research in sociology

Program Purpose

The major in sociology provides extensive knowledge about culture, social institutions, and everyday interaction as these shape identity, behavior, social systems, and social inequality. Sociology majors are trained in qualitative and quantitative research skills along with tools for advanced critical thinking and theoretical application. The program contributes to a liberal arts education, prepares students for graduate training in sociology, civic and community engagement, and prepares students for careers in law, social services and related fields.