Social Sciences Program Outcomes
- Demonstrate an understanding of how historians work (questions they ask, how they gather sources and construct narratives based on that data).
- Master knowledge of the thematic development and literature relating to major figures, events, eras.
- Identify difference between primary and secondary sources; recognize and interpret multiple forms of evidence (visual, oral, statistical, artifactual); distinguish scholarly from popular sources.
- Identify or construct the thesis of a document and paraphrase it in written form.
- Critically analyze interpretations; distinguish fact from interpretation; demonstrate capacity to deal with differences in interpretation.
- Present an oral or written defense of a generalization using historical evidence.
- Research an historical topic using appropriate bibliographical and other historical reference works, internet sources, and other forms of evidence; analyze materials to resolve issues in interpretation or analysis, such as conflicting sources, gaps in evidence, or inference.
- Construct a research paper including chronology, outline, and first draft. Edit and write utilizing proper form of citations, footnotes and bibliographical references.
- Articulate ethical issues, such as plagiarism, in data collection, interpretation, historical writing and citations.
- Demonstrate interactive skills in discussion format, team learning, and oral reporting.
- Read and interpret philosophical texts
- Respond critically to ideas advanced by others
- Express ideas logically and coherently in writing, oral presentation, or other student project
- Demonstrate mastery of basic philosophical concepts and methods
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important philosophers and movements.
- Demonstrate an understanding of multiple ethical frameworks, beliefs, contexts, and choices
- Demonstrate ability to write a paper on a philosophical topic on which they have conducted independent research
- Demonstrate an understanding of sociology and how it differs from and is similar to other social sciences by giving examples of these differences
- Critically read and understand sociological argument
- Apply the sociological imagination and sociological principles and concepts to her/his own life
- Identify limitations of extrapolating from their own experience to articulate how the life experience of others may differ from their own
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of theory in sociology
- Demonstrate an understanding of major sociological theories
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of evidence and qualitative and quantitative methods
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic methods of sociological research (observation, interview, survey, retrieval of manuscript or e-sources)
- Conduct sociological research on a specific topic of choice and determine the scientific quality of the data they find
- Summarize findings for written or oral presentation
- Produce a research paper utilizing proper forms of citations, footnotes, and list of sources