Sociology Mission and Program Goals

Mission

The mission of the Sociology degree program is to provide a quality education, maintain an active research agenda, and provide service to society, the community, the discipline, and the university. Primarily, we strive to provide students with a broad-based knowledge in sociology, giving them the tools to critically examine how systems impact individuals and individuals in turn create systems, the information to understand how a wide variety of organizations work, how to analyze problems within organizations, as well as how to address the problems we find.

The JSU Sociology faculty is dedicated to giving students the tools to understand, explain and predict the relationship between systems and individuals, hone their critical thinking, written and oral communication skills and build dispositions necessary for ethical, social, and intellectual development. In so doing, we provide students with necessary tools that will enable them to make sense of the changing and conflictual social world we live in. This allows them to contribute to solutions for the social problems that we face. The faculty engage in research and service activities that complement the teaching areas. 

Program Goals

The Sociology Major in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education - 2017 American Sociological Association Task Force

  • Sociology students will understand how social forces affect individuals and how actions of individuals both constitute and are shaped by daily life.
  • Sociology students should be able to apply sociological theories to understand social phenomena.
  • Sociology students should be able to apply scientific principles to understand the social world.
  • Sociology students should be able to evaluate the quality of social scientific methods and data.
  • Sociology students should be able to apply scientific principles to understand the social world.
  • Sociology students should be able to use knowledge to inform policy debates and promote public understanding.
  • Sociology students should be able to rigorously analyze social scientific data.
  • Students of sociology should be able to explicate the relationship between the self and society, particularly how the self is socially constructed and maintained at multiple lives of society.
  • Sociology students should be able to identify the social processes underpinning social change and to describe how demographic and other types of social change affect individuals and social structure.
  • Sociology students should be able to identify structural patterns of social inequality and their effects on groups and individuals and explain the intersections of race, social class, gender, and other social factors at the micro, meso, and macro levels of society.
  • Sociology students will be able to describe social structure and how structural forces affect human action and social life at the micro, meso, and macro levels of analysis.