Department of Sociology Learning Outcomes and Assessment

The WSU Department of Sociology trains undergraduate students in critical thinking, quantitative and symbolic reasoning, how to conduct and evaluate social research, understanding social behavior, social structure and social order, communication, and appreciating diversity. Our goal is for sociology students to develop the following Student Learning Outcomes:


WSU Sociology Department’s Seven Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Critical thinking: write and speak about the relationship between social structure and individual behavior, and between social problems and personal issues; draw from social theory to understand everyday life.
  2. Quantitative and symbolic reasoning: apply basic statistical applications and interpret tables, charts and graphs.
  3. Evaluating/conducting empirical research: critically examine social science research reported in both professional and popular publications.
  4. Social order: identify, locate and evaluate scholarly sources to write and speak about the ways in which social behavior (e.g., deviance, conformity, discrimination, participation) and social structure (e.g., norms, values, culture, community, institutions) affect social order (our ability to coordinate activities in a pro-social or cooperative way).
  5. Communication: write, listen and speak in a manner that reflects sociological core competencies.
  6. Diversity: interact constructively with others about society and the physical world; appreciate social connections to the development and utilization of technology and to technology’s impacts on the physical environment; interact constructively with others about social Inequality and understand the role of social structure in creating, maintaining and dismantling social inequality through experiential learning.
  7. General life skills: be civil, punctual, responsible and organized in social interactions with others.


How We Assess Student Learning

We assess students’ actual learning in these areas by administering assessment instruments in our core classes including: Development of Sociological Theory (Soc 310) Research Methods in Sociology (Soc 317), Quantitative Techniques in Sociology (Soc 321) and the Senior Capstone Course (Soc 495).

Assessment Results Forthcoming

Graduating seniors are also required to complete a BA exit survey that asks them to assess how well the sociology department helped them in developing the skills related to these SLO’s.

Exit Survey Results Forthcoming