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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand human relationships, institutions and social processes
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature, causes, and extent of social problems
  3. Gain familiarity with the basic theories of human behavior
  4. Learn how to research, analyze and write about issues in the field of sociology
  5. Gain experience in the written and oral presentation of research findings


Direct Methods:

CAPSTONE PROJECT: Assesses communication effectiveness. Each student in their senior year will be encouraged to submit a paper on a topic of their choosing within the field of sociology. The paper should cite some relevant research such that a student's ability to critically evaluate and use research findings can be demonstrated. The capstone project will be evaluated by a committee of at least two faculty members, who will score the paper in terms of quality of content accuracy of content, and overall effectiveness in communication of the main ideas. The final paper along with the evaluations will be added to the student's portfolio.

INTERNSHIP / PRACTICUM EVALUATIONS: Students who participate in internships and/or practicums will be evaluated by their supervisor(s) for how well they have learned and implemented the essential skills associated with the experience. This evaluation will be placed in their portfolio.

PRESENTATIONS: Students who plan on attending graduate or professional school are encouraged to present the results of their research at a conference.

Indirect Methods:

We will ask all of our graduating majors to complete an EXIT INTERVIEW that will help us to determine how effective they felt our program was in preparing them for the next step in their lives, whether that be continued education or more directly to the work force.

We will look at the PLACEMENT RATES of our graduates (into either graduate programs or sociology-related careers) in order to help us assess how outside agencies evaluate the preparedness of our students.

Annual Reports on the Assessment of Student Learning

Follow the links below to view the full text of the reports for each academic year.



Institutional Research

Sue VanDyne

Lehr Memorial Room: 204
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed