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Program Goals

Gerontology Program Goals

  1. Describe the interdependent processes of physical, psychological, and social aging
  2. Be familiar with the biological, psychological and sociological theories of aging
  3. Describe attitudes toward and beliefs about old age
  4. Analyze attitudes towards aging expressed in literary and artistic depictions of aging
  5. Know about the current condition of the older population, including cross-cultural and intra-cultural variations on aging
  6. Be aware of the history of treatment of aging populations
  7. Discuss the programs and policies that specifically impinge on that population
  8. Understand the ethical complexities which surround issues with respect to aging
  9. Understand appropriate methodological and analytic means for investigations of aging and old age

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 23, 2017