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Program Goals

Gerontology Program Goals

  1. Describe the physical and mental health changes that accompany aging, both senescent and pathological in origin
  2. Understand the general patterns of aging in the U.S., including intracultural variations; the major social issues affecting the aged; and how empirical research provides this information
  3. Discuss the laws, programs, and policies that specifically impinge on the aged population in the U.S. and cross-cultural variations in the structure of services and benefits to older adults.
  4. Be able to apply gerontological knowledge to an applied setting in which services or advocacy to the aged population is provided.

Justice Studies Program Goals

  1. Understand basic criminal and social justice concepts and theories.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between criminological and sociological theories, research design, and interpretation, and engage in work developing research literacy.
  3. Understand and engage in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical processes.
  4. Communicate, in written and oral form, criminological, sociological, and other social justice arguments.
  5. Develop a sociological perspective on the justice system.
  6. Demonstrate a scholarly understanding of crime, its causes, and social consequences.
  7. Become familiar with debates and guidelines about ethical, professional, and moral standards involved in criminal justice activities.
  8. Become familiar with global and comparative-historical perspectives on justice systems.
  9. Become familiar with issues of social justice both within and beyond the criminal justice system.

Sociology Program Goals

  1. Students will understand basic sociological concepts, theories, paradigms in their historical context
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between sociological theory, research design, and interpretation and engage in work developing their research literacy
  3. Students will understand and engage in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical processes
  4. Students will be able to communicate, in written and oral form, sociological arguments
  5. Students will be able to exercise their sociological imaginations toward examining our social world as well as its practical uses and applications​​

Page last updated: August 16, 2018