Program Learning Outcomes for Bachelor and Associate Degrees

 Social Work

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  • Engage in Policy Practice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Family Studies

Upon successful completion of the proposed FAMS degree, students will be able to:

  • Create educational interventions for individuals and families.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill related to the ten areas outlined for Certified Family Life Educators by the National Council on Family Relations
  • Apply best practices for communication and conflict management in interpersonal relationships and family systems
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations and under served communities


  • Students will critically analyze quantitative data in order to draw empirically supported conclusions about human behaviors.
  • Students will write in a professional manner, defined as a mastery of the mechanics of basic writing, the conventions of professional writing (e.g., conforming to a publication style), and the ability to produce a coherent argument.


The graduates of UVU's Sociology Program will demonstrate an understanding of the following:

  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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 improve.


  • Anthropological Knowledge - Students learn anthropology by acquiring the skills of reading professional writings, historical and contemporary, for their location in the scholarly literature and for how the works develop arguments using concepts and data, and provide knowledge of a range of social situations and locations.
  • Critical Thinking and Professional Writing - Students will learn to produce their own arguments and studies on society, culture, and history by mobilizing professional literature and data, both gathered by others and by themselves, demonstrating a critical understanding of how data can be constituted.
  • Methodological Knowledge - Students will learn to grasp the nuances, strengths, and weaknesses of both qualitative and quantitative methodology in anthropology of those as well as classical anthropological participant observation.

Substance Use Disorder Counseling (SUDC)

  •  Professional Knowledge of Substance Abuse - Students will be able to identify behaviors and problems related to substance use.
  • Proficiency in Counseling by Applying Content Knowledge - Students will be able to develop personalized recovery programs for their clients that establish healthy behaviors and coping strategies and they will do so in strict adherence to professional ethics.


Master of Social Work Program Learning Outcomes

  • To prepare students to be social work professionals and competent advanced generalist practitioners with individuals, families, groups, communities, and societies.
  • To prepare students to assist in the promotion of social and economic justice within individual, family, political, cultural, and social context.
  • To enhance professional development within students through engaged teaching methods, clinically-based learning activities, and self-exploration.
  • To promote the profession of social work in the local community and identify how it is impacted within the global context.
  • To engage with communities of color in order to increase service provision and utilization of services for historically marginalized populations.
  • To prepare students to be effective practitioners by evaluating research and engaging in research-informed practice.