Sociology is the scientific study of individuals in their groups and larger social structures. It examines the social context in which the individual lives. Sociology is a relatively young discipline that describes, explains, and predicts human social patterns using scientific and theoretical constructs. Sociology tends to fall into two distinct types of research fields: pure and applied. Pure sociology includes studies that add or reinforce the overall body of sociological knowledge. Applied sociology includes studies that are directed toward problem clarification and resolution. The undergraduate degree provides strong liberal arts preparation for entry level positions throughout the business, social service, and government worlds. Since its subject matter is intrinsically fascinating, sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration -- fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. Many student choose Sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. Some of the best employment prospects may be in policy research and administration, in clinical and applied sociological practice, as well as in the traditional areas of teaching and basic research.
The graduates of UVU's Sociology Program will demonstrate an understanding of the following:
(1) "The technical skills involved in retrieving information and data from the Internet
and using computers appropriately for data analysis. The major should also be able to do (social) scientific
technical writing that accurately conveys data findings and to show an understanding and application of principles of ethical practice as a sociologist."
(2) "The role of theory in sociology, such that the student will be able to:
(a) define theory and describe its role in building sociological knowledge;
(b) compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations;
(c) show how theories reflect the historical context of the times and cultures in which they were developed; and
(d) describe and apply some basic theories or theoretical orientations in at least one area of social reality."
(3) "To think critically, such that the student will be able to:
(a) move easily from recall analysis and application to synthesis and evaluation;
(b) identify underlying assumptions in particular theoretical orientations or arguments;
(c) identify underlying assumptions in particular methodological approaches to an issue;
(d) show how patterns of thought and knowledge are directly influenced by political-economic social structures;
(e) present opposing viewpoints and alternative hypotheses on various issues; and
(f) engage in teamwork where many of different viewpoints are presented."
(4) "The role of evidence and qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology, such
that the student will be able to:
(a) identify basic methodological approaches and describe the general role of methods in building sociological knowledge;
(b) compare and contrast the basic methodological approaches for gathering data;
(c) design a research study in an area of choice and explain why various decisions were made; and
(d) critically assess a published research report and explain how the study could have been improved."
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