College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

UNI’s sociologists have created an engaging curriculum designed to achieve the following outcomes and competencies:

Outcome 1: Develop a sociological perspective.

1.1 Understand sociological concepts and principles and apply them to explain specific examples of behavior and interaction.

1.2 Use a sociological lens to make sense of the world, one’s identities, and one’s actions.

Outcome 2: Understand the role of theory in sociology.

2.1 Define theory and describe its importance in building sociological knowledge.

2.2 Identify major sociological theories, and compare and contrast their key concepts and assumptions.

2.3 Apply sociological theories to explain social phenomena.

Outcome 3: Understand the nature and purpose of sociological methods.

3.1 Identify basic methods used in building sociological knowledge.

3.2 Design and evaluate a sociological research project.

3.3 Describe and apply the principles of ethical practice as a sociologist.

Outcome 4: Engage in critical analysis.

4.1 Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to test hypotheses or address research questions.

4.2 Identify and evaluate an argument based on its thesis, assumptions and supporting evidence. 

4.3 Make a sociological argument supported by evidence.

Outcome 5: Increase awareness of and participation in sociology on campus.

5.1 Become involved with the sociology club.

5.2 Learn about potential careers in sociology.

5.3 Attend faculty presentations and panels.

5.4 Meet regularly with sociology faculty mentor-advisor.