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Gerontology Program Goals
- Describe the interdependent processes of physical, psychological, and social aging
- Be familiar with the biological, psychological and sociological theories of aging
- Describe attitudes toward and beliefs about old age
- Analyze attitudes towards aging expressed in literary and artistic depictions of aging
- Know about the current condition of the older population, including cross-cultural and intra-cultural variations on aging
- Be aware of the history of treatment of aging populations
- Discuss the programs and policies that specifically impinge on that population
- Understand the ethical complexities which surround issues with respect to aging
- Understand appropriate methodological and analytic means for investigations of aging and old age
Justice Studies Program Goals
- To provide a foundation for professional development of pre-service and inservice personnel.
- To orient students toward a systematic perspective of the criminal justice system.
- To develop a citizenry educated in the problems of crime and in the administration of justice.
- To develop understanding of the causes of crime and societal responses to it.
- To emphasize the ethical and moral standards involved in decision-making and criminal justice activities.
- To prepare future leaders both in the academic and applied setting.
- To study criminal justice in the context of larger justice issues and with attention to the total environment in which the system operates.
- To advance knowledge about the design, evolution, operation, and maintenance of justice system.
- To induce students to think about issues in criminal justice and to develop professional attitudes and patterns of behavior.
- To establish academic credentials to be emphasized more in the future than experience.
- To provide an up-to-date understanding of law, human behavior, and social institutions.
- To develop awareness of the field as a recognized academic discipline.
- To upgrade the quality of service provided by personnel and criminal justice agencies.
- To sensitize students to national differences in criminal justice systems. To introduce students to comparative perspectives on justice systems.
- To emphasize the relevance of literature and research to practice in the field.
Sociology Program Goals
- A familiarity with the history of and major thinkers in sociology
- An understanding of basic sociological concepts, theories, and paradigms
- An understanding of the relations between theory and research
- An appreciation of the research process
- An ability to do sociological research
- An ability to articulate sociological analyses in oral and written form
- An understanding of statistical methods in social research as well as an ability to use computers appropriately in sociological work
- An understanding of the contribution of sociology to understanding the social world
- An ability to apply sociological perspectives to interpersonal and intergroup relations
- A familiarity with the occupational opportunities provided by sociological skills and understanding.