Ph.D. Learning Goals and Assessment

The doctoral program in Sociology trains students to conduct original, theoretically informed sociological research that advances disciplinary knowledge and increases public understanding of pressing social issues.  We are a broad and diverse department organized around a number of overlapping research clusters.  We encourage students to develop their individual intellectual voice situated within the rich intersections of the department.


Learning Goal 1 for Students: Acquire broad understanding of the major theoretical debates and areas of substantive concern within the discipline of sociology, while also acquiring in-depth knowledge of at least two substantive subfields. 

Assessment of student achievement of Goal 1:

Role of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 1:

Learning Goal 2 for Students: Conduct original, theoretically engaged research grounded in highly skilled methodological techniques.

Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 2:

Role of the graduate program in helping students achieve Goal 2:

Learning Goal 3 for Students:  Enter the sociological profession as accomplished scholars and teachers engaged in knowledge production and critical intervention in academic, policy and/or public arenas.

Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 3:

Role of the program in helping students achieve Goal 3:

The Graduate Program Committee of the Sociology Department will regularly review the structure and content of the program and the feedback received from assessments and surveys.  Every 5-6 years the program policies and guidelines as outlined in the Graduate Program Handbook will be reviewed by the graduate committee and revisions will be proposed to the Sociology graduate faculty.  This review will ensure that the Sociology Graduate Program is providing the strongest possible support for the achievement of the highest standards of excellence in scholarship and teaching on the part of our students in preparation for productive careers as professional sociologists.