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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Sociology (MA) Criminology


The graduate program in Sociology with a Criminology Concentration is designed to transform students with a general knowledge of sociology into professionals who actively engage in a professional dialog with the faculty and others in the field about the nature and impact of social structures and processes related to crime and deviance. The program deepens the knowledge students have of theory, research methods, and data analysis and requires that they formulate and carry out original research (thesis) or write a theoretically informed account of an internship experience. Each requires the oral defense of a written proposal and an oral defense of the thesis or internship paper. Whenever possible graduate students assist faculty as paid assistants, as participants in independent studies, as coauthors of professional papers, or as teachers or teaching assistants.

Learning Outcomes

Argumentation and Logic
Graduate students in Sociology at UNCG will be expected to design and implement a research study where they will demonstrate the ability to ask sociological questions, review literature, analyze data using appropriate techniques, link findings to literature, and present findings in a professionally appropriate form.

Graduate students in Sociology at UNCG will be expected to complete institutional review board (IRB) training and be certified in knowing proper ethical conduct in the investigation of human subjects and organizations.

Social Theory
Graduate students in Sociology at UNCG will be expected to explain, compare, evaluate, and synthesize sociological concepts used in social theory.

Communicate Sociological, Criminological Analysis
Students will present a clear and well-written and theoretically informed analysis of a topic relevant to criminology, deviance or social control.

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