Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

Learning Objectives for Graduate Degrees in Sociology

PhD Learning Objectives

This degree prepares students for research and teaching positions in the academic, government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.
 
Research learning outcomes:
  • demonstrate knowledge of the broad theoretical orientations of the discipline
  • demonstrate knowledge of two empirical subfields in the discipline
  • frame sociological research questions both theoretically and empirically
  • select appropriate data sources
  • collect and present data in accordance with ethical and professional standards
  • use one or more data collection methods to carry out a major research project:                                                                                                                        Interviews, participant observation, surveys, or archival evidence.
  • analyze quantitative or qualitative data with respect to sociological claims or theories.
  • write for publication
  • present findings orally for lay or professional audiences
Teaching learning outcomes:
  • assist an instructor of record with grading, tutoring, and class presentations
  • teach as an undergraduate instructor of record, by developing the capacity to:                                                                                                                                         design a syllabus                                                                                                                     create and carry out assignments, assessments, and lectures                               integrate Ignatian pedagogical techniques, including curia personalis, and                 reflective learning.

Sociology General Track MA Learning Objectives

This degree prepares students for positions as research staff in government, non-profit, and for profit sectors.  The General Track also prepares students for application to Ph.D. programs.
 
Research learning outcomes:
Demonstrate the capacity to:
  • frame sociological research questions
  • synthesize social scientific literature
  • select appropriate data sources
  • collect and present data in accordance with ethical and professional standards
  • use one or more data collection methods to carry out a research project, such as interviews, participant observation, surveys, or archival evidence
  • analyze quantitative or qualitative data
  • write a sociological research report

Sociology Applied Track MA Learning Objectives

This degree prepare students for positions as program directors or staff in government, non-profit and for-profit sectors.
Research learning outcomes:
Students will demonstrate the capacity to:
  • apply sociological knowledge to governmental, non-profit or for-profit organizational activities*
  • contribute to the work of a governmental, non-profit or for-profit organization through an internship
  • frame a research question relevant to an organization
  • select appropriate data sources
  • collect and present data in accordance with ethical and professional standards
  • use one or more data collection methods, such as interviews, participant observation, or surveys
  • analyze quantitative or qualitative data
  • write a sociologically-informed report that is relevant to an organization