Criminology Student Learning Outcomes

Gonzaga University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology & Criminology
Degree: B.A. in Criminology

With a commitment to community engagement, social justice, and the common good, Sociology and Criminology majors fulfill five learning outcomes:

  1. Imagining the Social. Sociology and Criminology majors demonstrate a vivid awareness of the relationship between personal biography and historical conditions. They develop an understanding of how structures of inequality, social institutions, and public policies shape the life courses and life chances of individuals.
  2. Critically Consuming Information. Sociology and Criminology majors examine pieces of writing, information, and data in order to distinguish practices of representing the social world from the social world being represented.
  3. Theorizing Context. Sociology and Criminology majors make sense of empirical facts and findings as instances of more general social forms, processes, or relationships. They invoke concepts to envision the particulars of social life in context.
  4. Creating Knowledge. Sociology and Criminology majors use sociological methods to systematically investigate social phenomena. They organize and analyze empirical materials to develop findings that illuminate social processes and problems.
  5. Communicating with and for Others. Sociology and Criminology majors are uniquely attuned to the vantage points and understandings of those around them. They express themselves thoughtfully and articulate ideas with a continuous respect for others.

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