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Mission, Goals, & Student Learning Outcomes


Mission Statement 

The mission of our department is to provide Berry College students with the opportunity to acquire, test, and apply sociological and anthropological knowledge and skills through coursework, internships, and co-curricular activities and programs. We seek to expose students to cross-cultural and cross-national content and experiences, and to assist them in acquiring the capabilities that are fundamental to a liberal arts education. We further seek to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural environment of the College.

Relation of Mission to the Missions of Berry College and the Evans School of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Our mission supports core elements of Berry College’s mission—namely, to “further our students’ intellectual, moral and spiritual growth” and “challenge them to devote their learning to community and civic betterment” (Berry College 2005-2007 Catalogue). Fulfilling our mission advances numerous goals and objectives of the College’s 2002 Strategic Plan.

Equally important, our mission supports core elements of the mission of the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences—namely, by teaching students to engage critically and creatively in the pursuit of truth; to accurately and effectively transmit knowledge; and to act in the interest of the general well-being of society.

Program Goals AND Student Learning Outcomes

PROGRAM GOAL 1: General Education
Through our General Education courses and through programs we sponsor, we will foster an awareness of global and cultural diversity and an ability to communicate effectively.
  1. Berry College students who successfully complete our general education Cultural Anthropology course will demonstrate an awareness of global and cultural diversity and an ability to communicate effectively.
  2.  Berry College students who successfully complete our general education Introduction to Sociology course will demonstrate an awareness of global and cultural diversity and an ability to communicate effectively.
  3.  Berry College students who participate in the programs we sponsor will learn about global and cultural diversity.

PROGRAM GOAL 2: Majors
We will provide our majors with a solid foundation in the knowledge and skill sets of sociology and anthropology and with experience in communicating, testing, and applying what they have learned.

Program Outcome: We will provide our majors with the essential academic and practical preparation for advanced study in the social sciences, and equip them with the skills needed to obtain jobs in applied professional settings.

  1. Students will learn about the major schools of thought and significant theorists in the fields of sociology and anthropology.
  2. Students will learn the nature of scientific social inquiry, basic methods and techniques of data collection and analysis, with an emphasis on the reciprocal nature of theory and research.
  3. Students will propose, conduct and report an individual research project in an area of special interest in the field of sociology or anthropology.

PROGRAM GOAL 3: Sociology Courses
Our course offerings in sociology will teach students about social institutions, social structures, and social processes and change.

  1. Students will learn about social institutions, such as the health care system, the family, religion, or the criminal justice system.
  2. Students will learn about social structures of society, such as gender, social inequality, race and ethnicity, or disability.
  3. Students will learn about social processes and change, such as social problems, environmental problems, or social movements.

PROGRAM GOAL 4: Anthropology Courses
Our anthropology courses will teach students about patterns of belief and behavior in contemporary and historical cultures around the world, including in an applied framework.

  1. Students will understand different cultures.
  2. Students will gain a deeper understanding of cultural phenomena such as globalization, popular culture, city life, and the relationships between body, self, society, and culture.
  3. Students will learn about how anthropologists have utilized their knowledge and research techniques outside the context of the academy.