COVID-19 Update

Rutgers University has moved teaching online for the remainder of the semester. For all those enrolled in classes, all instructors should have provided you with information on how to best contact them during this period. If you have more general departmental inquiries, please contact one of us using the email addresses below. Take care, all.

Department Chair: Julie Phillips, Email:
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Learning Goals

The following are the undergraduate learning goals of the Department of Sociology:

1. Students will understand the sociological perspective, a distinctive analysis of the ways people think, feel, and behave that focuses on how they are situated in historically, culturally, and socially specific environments.

2. Students will understand key questions addressed by the discipline and the ways in which social structure and social interaction shape human behavior.

3. Students will develop the skills necessary to read and evaluate social science research in an intelligent and critical manner.

4. Students will understand the role of theory in the construction of sociological inquiry. Majors will demonstrate a solid grasp of the central ideas of major classical and contemporary theorists.

5. Students will understand sociological methods of research. Majors will achieve a solid understanding of the full research process, including conceptualization, operationalization, data collection, analysis, consideration of ethical issues, and presentation of results. Sociology Honors students will demonstrate their understanding of the research process via completion of a Senior Thesis.