Sociology

Mission Statement
The mission of the Vincennes University Sociology program is to train students to think critically and globally in order to develop a world view which they can apply to any social science profession.  Coursework and practical application will enable students to critically evaluate major sociological theories necessary to understand social and cultural issues.  An emphasis on identifying ethnocentric tendencies lays the groundwork for supporting cultural continuity while successfully adapting to global change.  The Sociology program provides the foundation for undergraduates to successfully transfer to 4-year baccalaureate institutions, and prepares them for positions in education, industry, government, business, welfare, and/or various community agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete course work in the Sociology program will be able to:    

  • identify the impact of the three main sociological theories on culture (Conflict Theory, Functional Theory, and Symbolic Interactionism).
  • analyze how socialization and discrimination occur in society.
  • apply critical thinking skills to sociological topics and issues.
  • apply sociological imagination (which is the awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society) to social issues and topics.
  • identify basic components of research methods within sociology.