Texas Tech University

College of Arts and Sciences

Department Degree Program Learning Outcomes Testimonials

Arts and Sciences

General Studies (BGS)

  • Writing Skills: Students will demonstrate appropriate writing skills in Writing Intensive (WI) classes in one or more of their areas of concentration within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Competence: Students will demonstrate an understanding of their chosen primary or secondary area of concentration within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Program and future goals: Students will demonstrate how the BGS Program has prepared them for their future academic and professional goals.
 

Biological Sciences

Biology (BS)

  • Biological Skills and Experimental Design: To recognize that living systems are inherently variable and to be able to understand and then conduct experiments appropriately, reflecting the students' abilities to apply statistical and research skills in biological context.
  • Graduate Preparation for Advanced Degrees for the work place: To have developed a cumulative and integrated knowledge of one or more biological disciplines at a level sufficient for admission to graduate and/or professional schools, or successfully getting a position in the public domain.
  • Modern Biological Theories: To be able to explain the underlying evidence for, identify the strengths and limitations of, and reason with, all of the major theories of modern biology, including the cell theory, the theories of inheritance and molecular genetics, and the theory of evolution.
  • Scientific Reasoning in Biology: Students will be able to reason scientifically and properly identify situations when such reasoning should be applied to the evaluation of data, hypotheses, and theories of Biology.

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 "My degree has prepared me for medical school and a future career as a physician by providing courses that are relevant in preparing for the medical school curriculum. Said courses are also taught by top-notch professors who ensure that the courses are taught with a rigor and pace that will help to prepare students for success in medical school and beyond. The content of the courses also directly align with material to be covered in medical school, so by taking the right courses in the biology department, I have found that I am well-prepared for medical school." - Parker McCabe, Bachelor's in Biology

Biological Sciences

Biology (MS)

  • Content and Comprehension: To have a broad understanding of biology and be able to discuss basic concepts both generally and in the students' respective areas of research.
  • Matriculation to Earn a Higher Degree or Acquire a Job: To be able to pursue an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., or D.D.D) upon completion of their M.S. degree or be prepared to successfully compete for a job.
  • Presentations, Authorship and Funding: To ultimately be able to present research findings at regional, national and international meetings and publish their results in peer reviewed journals. In addition to be able to write grant proposals and fund research.
 
 

Biological Sciences

 Biology (PhD)

  • Content and Comprehension: To have a broad understanding of biology and be able to discuss basic concepts both generally and in the students' respective areas of research.
  • Presentations, authorship and funding: To ultimately be able to present research findings at regional, national or international meetings and publish their results in peer reviewed journals. In addition to be able to write grant proposals and fund research.
  • Getting a job: Upon graduation, to be able to successfully compete for positions in academia or industry. Learning to teach To have demonstrated the ability to teach at the undergraduate level.
  • Learning to Teach: To have demonstrated the ability to teach at the undergraduate level.
 

Biological Sciences

Cell and Molecular Biology (BS)

  • Theories of Cell and Molecular Biology: To be able explain the underlying evidence for, identify the strengths and limitations of, and reason with, all of the major sub-disciplines of modern cell and molecular biology, including cell theory, molecular genetics, Central Dogma, gene regulation and the molecular evolution.
  • Scientific Reasoning in Cell and Molecular Biology: Students will be able to reason scientifically and properly identify situations when such reasoning should be applied to the evaluation of data, hypotheses, and theories in Cell and Molecular Biology.
  • Current techniques and experimental design: To have an appreciation and knowledge of current techniques commonly used in cell and molecular research and how to design experiments using these techniques and analyze the results
  • Preparation for a postgraduate career: To have developed a cumulative and integrated knowledge of one or more cell and/or molecular biological disciplines at a level sufficient for employment in industry, or admission to graduate or professional schools.

Khoung Nguyen

"Texas Tech University's Biological Sciences department and the university as a whole have efficiently prepared me for success through rigorous academic courses as well as opportunities outside of the classroom with research as an example. Through my time here, not only did I grow as a wholesome person, but I can also confidently say that I will be successful in my future endeavors within the field of medicine and it is all thanks to my experience here at Texas Tech University." - Khoung Nguyen, Bachelor's in Cell and Molecular Biology 

 Biological Sciences

Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources Management (PSM)

 
  • Knowledge and Scholarship Upon completion of the degree, students should be able summarize major the concepts in areas of ecology, environmental sustainability and natural resources management.
  • Professional skills components Upon completion of the degree students will demonstrate professional skills relevant to working in a business, governmental or non-governmental agency or non-profit organization
  • Communication Upon completion of the degree, students should be able to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills in written and oral form
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Upon completion of the degree students will:
    • a. describe what was gained through the internship/capstone experience
    • b. cite specific ways in which he or she applied the principles/practices attained from his or her area of concentration in the PSM program through having participated in the internship/capstone program.
    • c. be able to discuss whether the internship/capstone experience has/has not been what was expected
    • d. compile a final written report of the results of research experiences, if undertaken as part of this program
    • e. create research or term papers, as required, for graduate classes
    • f. seek and participate in interviews for permanent employment
    • g. include all relevant and required information about the internship/capstone experience in his or her student portfolio
  • Professional Development Students will demonstrate:
    • a. a graduate level understanding of the content of the required and elective courses that comprise his or her PSM program
    • b. professional business skills in communication , finance and accounting, leadership, management, personal development (including business ethics) and team building
    • c. scientific and relevant business experiences in the corporate, governmental or non-profit world of work
    • d. an understanding about the work culture of the corporate, governmental or non-profit world
    • e. the ability to work effectively without excess supervision in a science-related corporation, governmental or non-profit organization
 

Biological Sciences

 Microbiology (BS)

  • Content and Comprehension: To have a broad understanding of and be able to discuss basic concepts of microbiology and those specific area directly related to the student's research.
  • Matriculation to earn a higher degree or acquire a job: To be able to pursue an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D., or D.D.S.) upon completion of the M.S. degree or be prepared to successfully compete for a job.
  • Presentations, authorship and funding: To ultimately be able to present research findings at regional, national or international meetings and publish their results in peer reviewed journals. In addiction to be able to write proposals and fund research.
 
 

 Biological Sciences

Microbiology (MS)

  • Content and comprehension: To have a broad understanding of and be able to discuss basic concepts of microbiology and those specific areas directly related to the student's research.
  • Presentations, authorship and funding: To ultimately be able to present research findings at regional, national or international meetings and publish their results in peer reviewed journals.In addition to be able to write grant proposals and fund research.
  • Matriculation to earn a higher degree or acquire a job: To be able to pursue an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., or D.D.S) upon completion of the M.S. degree or be prepared to successfully compete for a job.
 

Biological Sciences

Zoology (BS)

  • General comprehension and scientific reasoning: To possess a general understanding and appreciation of invertebrate and vertebrate diversity, including structural and evolutionary relationships and to demonstrate proficiency in critical think and scientific reasoning.
  • Degree of specialization: To possess both general knowledge of animal biology and specialized knowledge in some taxonomic group (e.g. Ornithology, Mammalogy, Herpetology, Entomology, etc.).
  • Research methods in Zoology: To demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of research methods in used in Zoology
  • Postgraduate preparation in Zoology: To possess a sufficient knowledge to excel in professional and graduate school or obtain employment in zoologically related fields upon completion of the degree.
 

 Biological Sciences

Zoology (MS)

  • Presentations, authorship and funding: To ultimately be able to present research findings at regional, national or international meetings and publish their results in peer reviewed journals.In addition to be able to write grant proposals and fund research.
  • Content and comprehension: To have a broad understanding of and be able to discuss basic concepts of zoology and those specific areas directly related to the student's research.
  • Matriculation to earn a higher degree or acquire a job: To be able to pursue an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., or D.D.S) upon completion of the M.S. degree or be prepared to successfully compete for a job
 
 

Biological Sciences

Zoology (PHD)

  • Content and comprehension: To have a broad understanding of biology and be able to discuss fundamental biological concepts both generally and specifically in the students' respective areas of research.
  • Presentations, authorship and funding: To ultimately be able to present research findings at regional, national or international meetings and publish their results in peer reviewed journals. In addition to be able to write grant proposals and fund research.
  • Learning to teach: To have demonstrated the ability to teach at the undergraduate level.
  • Getting a job: Upon graduation, to be able to successfully compete for positions in academia or indust
 

Chemistry

Biochemistry (BA)

  • Strong content knowledge: Graduates from this program will demonstrate strong content knowledge in biochemistry, focusing on information flow, structure, function, and mechanism within overarching biological contexts. The curriculum also includes experiences that develop student skills essential for their effective performance as scientific professionals. Development of competence in other critical skills necessary for professional chemist, include: Problem Solving Skills, Chemical Literature and Information Management Skills, Laboratory Safety Skills, Communication Skills, Team Skills, and Ethics. The assessments are performed within individual courses and through capstone courses and labs, as described in other sections in this document.
  • Proficiency in laboratory skills: Graduates from this program will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills (including knowledge of safety and ethics).
  • Marketability: Graduates from this program will be able to obtain positions in industry, sales, professional schools, or any other areas for which biochemistry is an essential knowledge base.

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"I believe that my degree and time at Texas Tech University has prepared me to succeed because I've had opportunities and experiences I never could have attained anywhere else. I plan to attend medical school and one day work with Doctors Without Borders and my goals may not have been possible had I not been a part of the Undergraduate to Medical School Initiative through the Honors College, which has guaranteed me automatic admission to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine since I was a graduating high school senior. My biochemistry degree has allowed me to take rigorous coursework in both the chemistry and biology departments that have not only prepared me for medical school, but also gave me the opportunity to pursue graduate school or pharmacy school if I had decided otherwise. I learned so much from my professor's and from the curriculum of my degree and I'm so thankful to have made the decision to attend Texas Tech. My favorite motto of our university is that "From here, it's possible." I believe with my whole heart that this is absolutely true." - Farah Mechref, Bachelor's in Biochemistry 

 Chemistry

Chemistry (BA)

  • Strong Content Knowledge: Graduates from this program will demonstrate content knowledge in five of the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry and their applicable labs: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, including both small molecules and macromolecules and undergraduate research as appropriate. The curriculum also includes experiences that develop student skills essential for their effective performance as scientific professionals. Development of competence in other critical skills necessary for a professional chemist, include: Problem Solving Skills, Chemical Literature and Information Management Skills, Laboratory Safety Skills, Communication Skills, Team Skills, and Ethics. The assessments are performed within individual courses and through capstone courses and labs, as described in other sections of this document.
  • Proficiency in Laboratory Skills: Graduates from this program will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills (including knowledge of safety and ethics).
  • Marketablity: Graduates from this program will be be able to obtain positions in industry, sales, professional schools, or any other areas for which chemistry is an essential knowledge base.
 

Chemistry 

Chemistry (BS)

  • Strong Content Knowledge: Graduates from this program will demonstrate strong content knowledge in chemistry.
  • Proficiency in Laboratory Skills: Graduates from this program will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills (including knowledge of safety and ethics).
  • Marketability: Graduates from this program will be able to obtain positions in industry, sales, professional schools, or any other areas for which chemistry is an essential knowledge base.
 

Chemistry

Chemistry (MS)

  • Knowledge of Chemical Principles and Research: To demonstrate advanced knowledge of chemical principles and current scientific research in chemistry.
  • Conduct Research: To be able to effectively conduct and design original, in-depth, scientific research in chemistry.
  • Oral and Written Communication: To be able to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, the results of new and advanced scientific research in chemistry.
  • Safety and Ethics: To demonstrate a working understanding of chemical research safety, ethics, and responsible conduct (RCR).
 

Chemistry

Chemistry (PhD)

  • Knowledge of Chemical Principles and Research: To demonstrate advanced knowledge of chemical principles and current scientific research in chemistry.
  • Conduct Research: To be able to effectively conduct and design original, in-depth, scientific research in chemistry.
  • Oral and Written Communication: To be able to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, the results of new and advanced scientific research in chemistry.
  • Safety and Ethics: To demonstrate a working understanding of chemical research safety, ethics, and responsible conduct (RCR).
 

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemical Biology (MS)

  • Application of Chemical Biology: Students will work with novel chemical compounds applied to Biology.
  • Apply translational science: Students will apply translational science in either their capstone experience or their thesis.
  • Professionally Competitive: Students trained in Chemical Biology will be professionally competitive in the scientific community, based on exposure to methods, concepts, and teamwork in Chemical Biology.
 
 

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Classics (BA)

  • Language proficiency Graduating Language and Culture majors will demonstrate second language proficiency no lower than the intermediate-mid level.
  • Professional Skills Students will communicate effectively and think critically.
  • Core Knowledge Students will show core knowledge of their area of specialization.
 
 

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Classics (MA)

  • None
 
 

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

French (BA)

  • Language proficiency Graduating Language and Culture majors will demonstrate second language proficiency no lower than the intermediate-mid level.
  • Professional Skills Students will communicate effectively and think critically.
  • Core Knowledge Students will show core knowledge of their area of specialization.
 

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

German (BA)

  • Language Proficiency Graduating Language and Culture majors will demonstrate second language proficiency no lower than the intermediate-mid level.
  • Professional Skills Students will communicate effectively and think critically.
  • Core Knowledge Students will show core knowledge of their area of specialization.
 

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Languages and Cultures (BA)

  • Language Proficiency Graduating Language and Culture majors will demonstrate second language proficiency no lower than the intermediate-mid level.
  • Professional Skills: Students will communicate effectively and think critically.
  • Core Knowledge: Students will show core knowledge of their area of specialization.
 

 Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Romance Languages (MA)

  • Core Knowledge: Students graduating with an MA degree in Romance Languages will be able to articulate in written and oral form their understanding and knowledge of primary and secondary materials in their area of specialization
  • Theoretical Foundation: Students graduating with an MA in Romance Languages will demonstrate a knowledge of the theoretical foundation of their specialization.
  • Professionalization: Students graduating with an MA degree in Romance Languages will have the professional skills to go on to the next stage in their career
 
 

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Russian Language and Area Studies (BA)

  • Language proficiency Graduating Language and Culture majors will demonstrate second language proficiency no lower than the intermediate level.
  • Professional Skills Students will communicate effectively and think critically.
  • Core Knowledge Students will show core knowledge of their area of specialization.
 

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Spanish (BA)

  • Language proficiency: Graduating Spanish majors will demonstrate second language proficiency no lower than the intermediate-high level.
  • Professional Skills: Students will communicate effectively and think critically.
  • Core Knowledge: Students will show core knowledge of their area of specialization.
 
 

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

Spanish (PhD)

  • Content Knowledge: Doctoral students will expand their prior understanding of the fields of Spanish literature or Spanish linguistics to acquire a throughout expertise, and make a significant contribution to either area.Literature students will be able to define and examine literary genres, movements and periods from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America in order to analyze texts within their socio-historical, cultural and political contexts. Spanish linguistics students will be able to integrate a variety of theoretical frameworks and interdisciplinary approaches to examine questions related to the acquisition of Spanish as a second language, bilingualism, language in contact and language variation, as well as linguistic aspects related to new literacies, technology and heritage language learners.
  • Professionalization Doctoral: students will build credentials to acquire a professional identity utilizing their skills (i.e. teaching, publishing, grant-writing, etc.) to end this degree with more job opportunities.
  • Research Proficiency Doctoral: students will demonstrate the ability to perform sophisticated, independent, and original research to expand their fields of expertise.
 

RubenVarona 

"I would like to work as a Spanish professor at the university level and, in contrast to others doctorate students from different universities, I have extensive experience doing it. The Spanish department at TTU has given me the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses in both Lubbock and Seville, Spain campuses. Thanks to these experiences I have developed pedagogical strategies to broaden my students' horizons through the study of cultural aspects or social conflicts related to the Hispanic world." - Rubén Varona, PhD in Spanish

Economics

Economics (BA)

  • Core Micro Theory: Students will demonstrate an understanding of core microeconomic principles and theories
  • Working of Markets: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the workings of markets by using the underlying theories of consumer and firm behavior
  • Macro Theories: Students will demonstrate an understanding of core macroeconomics principles and theories
  • Macro Policy: Students will demonstrate an understanding of macroeconomic policy approaches and issues
  • History of Economic Thought: Students will be able to explain and evaluate the philosophical and historical development of economic thought. 
 

Economics

Economics (BS)

  • Core Micro Theory: Students will demonstrate an understanding of core microeconomic principles and theories
  • Working of Markets: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the workings of markets by using the underlying theories of consumer and firm behavior
  • Macro Theories: Students will demonstrate an understanding of core macroeconomics principles and theories
  • Macro Policy: Students will demonstrate an understanding of macroeconomic policy approaches and issues
  • Empirical and Quantitative Methods: Students will be able to analyze economic problems with empirical and quantitative methods
 

Economics

Economics (MA)

  • Micro Theory: Students under the non-thesis option will demonstrate a substantial understanding of microeconomic theory
  • Macro Theory: Students under the non-thesis option will demonstrate a substantial understanding of macroeconomic theory
  • Applied Economics: Students under the non-thesis option will demonstrate that they are able to apply economic theory to policy questions
  • Thesis Research: Students under the thesis option will demonstrate the ability to carry out research in a particular area of economics
 

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 "Texas Tech University has given me ample tools for my professional future ahead. From classes taught by experts in the field to multiple student organizations to enhance my curiosity and learning, TTU has been an epicenter for my intellectual and individual development. As a future entrepreneur, obtaining a graduate degree in economics along with a business administration certificate has been an investment that already outweighed the costs." - Reynaldo Torres, Master's in Economics

Economics

 Economics (PhD)

  • Micro Theory: Students will demonstrate a substantial knowledge of understanding of microeconomic theory
  • Macro Theory: Students will demonstrate a substantial knowledge of macroeconomic theory
  • Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate a substantial knowledge of mathematical and statistical tools used in economics
  • Areas of Specialization: Students will demonstrate a substantial knowledge of three areas of specialization (teaching/research areas) in economics
  • Research: Students will be able to produce original research in their area of research specialization
 

Hongjie Qiang

 "In field courses, I learned how to use analyzing tools like GTAP, R, Stata and Matlab. In writing dissertations, Dr. Noel, other committee members and professors in the department like Dr. Gittings provided patient guidance, and their suggestions were very helpful. In job application, professors in the department also provide a lot of supports." - Hongjie Qiang, PhD in Economics

Economics

International Economics (BISNECO)

  • Core Micro Theory: Students will demonstrate an understanding of core microeconomic principles and theories
  • Macroeconomic Theory: Students will demonstrate an understanding of core macroeconomics principles and theories
  • International Trade: Students will demonstrate an understanding of international trade theory and policy
  • International Finance: Students will demonstrate an understanding of international finance theory and issues
  • Firms and Globalization: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the operations and economic impacts of multinational firms
 
 

English

English (MA)

  • Critical Reading and Interpretation of texts: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the range and variety of linguistic and literary materials and range and variety of possible critical approaches.
  • Professional Development: Students will demonstrate their understanding of English as a profession through critical reflection and self-assessment through either writing a self-reflective essay to the portfolio or writing an introduction to the MA thesis.
  • Research Methods or Critical Theory: Student will demonstrate competence in research methods or critical theory.
 

English

English (PhD)

  • Research Methods and Critical Theory: Students will demonstrate competence in research methods and critical theory.
  • Critical Reading and Interpretation of texts: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the range and variety of linguistic and literary materials, as well as the range and variety of possible critical approaches.
  • Teaching as a Profession: Students who intend to go into academia after graduation will demonstrate their ability to teach literature at the college level.
  • Professional Development: Students will demonstrate their understanding of English as a profession through critical reflection and self-assessment, particularly toward clarification of professional identity and objectives.

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 "Taking courses in Usability and User Experience (UX), my time as a research fellow and assistant director of the usability lab helped me develop skills I need for the career path I'm pursuing in UX/CX research." - Sam Howard, PhD in English

English

English Creative Writing (BA)

  • Identify Genres and Subgenres: Students will be able to identify the conventions that define one of three literary genres (fiction, poetry, and creative/narrative nonfiction) and the subgenres within that genre.
  • Writing Competence in Genres: To demonstrate competence in the writing of one of the three major genres.
  • Critique and Evaluation of Creative Work: Students will be able to give and receive criticism of their own work and others' work that is articulate, constructive, and wise.
  • Creative Writing Theory- Aesthetics and Poetics: Students will be able to discuss literature in one of the three major genres by identifying the basic terminology and aesthetic values of poetry; to understand the concept of "a direct impression of life" as it applies to fiction and nonfiction texts; and to understand the ethical demands in writing nonfiction and fiction texts and distinguishing between the two.
 
 

English

Literature and Language (MA)

  • Core Knowledge: Students graduating with an MA degree in Languages and Cultures will be able to articulate in written and oral form their understanding and knowledge of primary and secondary materials in their area of specialization.
  • Professionalization: Students graduating with an MA degree in Languages and Cultures will have the professional skills to go on to the next stage in their career.
  • Theoretical Foundation: Students graduating with an MA in Languages and Cultures will demonstrate a knowledge of the theoretical foundation of their specialization.
 

English

Creative Writing (BA)

  • Identify Genres and Subgenres: Students will be able to identify the conventions that define one of three literary genres (fiction, poetry, and creative/narrative nonfiction) and the subgenres within that genre.
  • Writing Competence in Genres: To demonstrate competence in the writing of one of the three major genres.
  • Creative Writing Theory- Aesthetics and Poetics: Students will be able to discuss literature in one of the three major genres by identifying the basic terminology and aesthetic values of poetry; to understand the concept of "a direct impression of life" as it applies to fiction and nonfiction texts; and to understand the ethical demands in writing nonfiction and fiction texts and distinguishing between the two.
  • Critique and Evaluation of Creative Work: Students will be able to give and receive criticism of their own work and others' work that is articulate, constructive, and wise.
 
 
English

Technical Communication (BA)

  • Document Design: Design documents using both text and graphics appropriate for a variety of workplace readers in national and international settings.
  • Audience Analysis: Research the information needs of document readers, users of technology, and decision makers.
  • Usability: Test and evaluate the effectiveness of technical documents in various online and print media.
  • Writing Ability: Execute the industry-accepted processes for developing and managing instructional, informational, and persuasive documents in a workplace context.
  • Collaboration: Contribute productively to document development teams.
  • Workplace Preparedness: Demonstrate readiness to enter employment in technical communication or a related field.
 
 

English

Technical Communication (MA)

  • Analysis: Students will be able to analyze and respond appropriately to rhetorical situations and key issues in the field, including the differing goals and agendas of audiences, organizations, and societies.
  • Communication Skills: Students will be able to use a variety of appropriate communication technologies and media.
  • Theory: Students will be able to create effective and user-centered technical documentation justified with relevant theory.
  • Ethics: Students will be able to demonstrate sensitivity to the ethical, professional, and cultural issues that face technical communicators.
  • Readiness for Industry: Students will be able to demonstrate the capacity to enter the workforce in technical communication as advanced hires.
  • Readiness for Doctoral Programs: Students will be able to enter doctoral programs in rhetoric, technical communication, and related fields
  • Professionalism Students: demonstrate a sense of professionalism and a commitment to the profession
 

English

Technical Communication and Rhetoric (PhD)

  • Analysis: Students will be able to analyze technical communication situations and documents from a variety of theoretical and rhetorical perspectives.
  • Scholarship: Students will be able to prepare scholarship for presentation and publication.
  • Research: Students will be able to employ appropriate research methodologies to produce scholarship that extends knowledge in the disciplines of technical communication and rhetoric.
  • Readiness for Industry: Students who intend to enter the workforce in technical communication will do so as managers, researchers, and advanced hires.
  • Readiness for Academy: Students will demonstrate the capacity to enter the professoriate in programs of rhetoric, technical communication, composition, and related fields.
  • Professionalism: Students demonstrate a sense of professionalism and a commitment to the profession
 

Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicology (MS)

  • Learning Outcome One- Scientific Reasoning: Students will have an advanced working knowledge of the paradigms of toxicology and will have demonstrated critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills
  • Learning Outcome Two- Enhancing Research: Enhancing Research Engaging in Scientific Research Projects
  • Learning Outcome Three- Outreach and Engagement:Outreach and Engagement Presenting and Publishing the Results of Scientific Research
 

Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicology (PhD)

  • Learning Outcome One- Scientific Reasoning: Students will have an advanced working knowledge of the paradigms of toxicology and will have demonstrated critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills
  • Learning Outcome Two- Enhancing Research: Engaging in Scientific Research Projects
  • Learning Outcome Three- Outreach and Engagement: Presenting and Publishing the Results of Scientific Research

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 "Texas Tech has prepared me by improving my writing skills, speaking skills through seminars, teamwork, and problem solving. Texas Tech has also taught me how to take initiative. By doing so I was able to start a mentoring program for graduate students and postdoctoral women this semester. In addition to that, I've developed my leadership skills, attention to details and improved my time management skills. I was prepared to become an everyday worker and now, I have strong faith in the knowledge that I have achieved that I will be successful in my future job." - Shanoy Anderson, PhD in Environmental Toxicology

Geosciences

Atmospheric Science (MS)

  • Original Research Upon graduation student will have conducted an original piece of significant research
  • Original Research- Scientific Contribution of the Work:Upon graduation, students will have conducted an original piece of significant research.
  • Communication- Skills- Oral Communication Ability: Upon graduation, students can communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Communication Skills- Writing Quality: Upon Graduation, students can communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Breadth of knowledge within Discipline: Upon graduation, students have demonstrated a thorough fundamental knowledge of topics in Atmospheric Science
 

Geosciences

Geography (BA)

  • Human-Environment Interactions: Students will analyze and explain how humans interact with the natural environment.
  • Geographic Information Systems/Cartography: Students can make an original and professional-quality map using a variety of data source
  • Effective Communication: By graduation, students can write clearly and concisely
 
 
 Geosciences

Geography (MS)

  • Original Research: Students will have conducted a significant piece of original research
  • Effective Communication: Students can communicate effectively
  • Breadth of knowledge: Students have demonstrated a thorough fundamental knowledge of topics in Geography
 
 
 Geosciences

Geosciences (BA)

  • Geological Processes: Students will understand geological processes in the basic geological areas.
  • Analyze Information: Students will be able to critically analyze information presented in the geological literature and technical reports.
  • Geological Research: Students will be able to conduct geological research, including hypothesis formation, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Effective Communication: Students will be able to effectively communicate results of geological research in a professional manner.
 
 

Geosciences

Geosciences (BS)

  • Geological Processes: Students will understand geological processes in the basic geological areas.
  • Analyze Information: Students will be able to critically analyze information presented in the geological literature and technical reports.
  • Geological Research: Students will be able to conduct geological research, including hypothesis formation, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Effective Communication: Students will be able effectively communicate results of geological research in a professional manner.
 
 

Geosciences

Geosciences (MS)

  • Original Research: Students will have conducted a significant piece of original research
  • Effective Communication: Students can communicate effectively.
  • Breadth of Knowledge: Upon graduation, students have demonstrated a thorough fundamental knowledge of topics in Geosciences
 

Geosciences

Geosciences (PhD)

  • Original Research: Students will have conducted a significant piece of original research
  • Effective Communication: Students can communicate effectively.
  • Breadth of Knowledge: Upon graduation, students have demonstrated a thorough fundamental knowledge of topics in Geosciences
 
 

Health Exercise and Sport Sciences

Kinesiology (BS)

  • Describe physiological, psychological, and behavioral responses to exercise and physical activity.
  • Design and implement exercise programs to improve physical function in adults of various age groups and health conditions.
  • Demonstrate competency in assessing human performance.
  • Write clearly and effectively in order to communicate within a professional health-care setting.
 

Health Exercise and Sport Sciences

 Kinesiology (MS)

  • Articulate and demonstrate competent understanding of the scientific method as applied to human movement.
  • Apply principles underlying benefits and adaptations to human movement.
  • Translate research into practice by demonstrating the ability to educate individuals about lifestyle modification.
 
History

History (BA)

  • Research and Argument: Students will actively and clearly state a thesis that is consistent with their research. Students will also effectively use primary sources and be conversant with current and past historiographical arguments in a chosen topic area.
  • Organization and Presentation: Students will be able to construct a well-written, organized, and argued historical narrative. Students will also be able to construct introductions and conclusions that effectively contextualize and/or summarize the broader issues related to their argument, and can produce footnotes or endnotes that are consistent and properly formatted.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Students will learn to ask appropriate historical questions, and will practice and demonstrate an ability to investigate, analyze, and synthesize historical evidence in an effort to answer those questions, while discussing the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity, as well as race, gender, class and other historical categories.
 
 

History

History (MA)

  • Methodology: Students will learn about historical sources, methods, analytical techniques, and be able to construct well-argued historical narratives in their research and writing.
  • Historiography: Students will become conversant with various schools of historical thought, and be able to integrate these different schools of thought into their research and writing.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills through finding, evaluating, and synthesizing historical evidence and will demonstrate an ability to discuss issues such as causes and consequences of historical change and continuity, race, gender, class, and other historical categories.
 

Melanie Highsmith

"The History faculty encourages a multi-discipline approach, and as such fosters ideas of communication, diversity, and critical thinking with every assignment. By constantly challenging their students to see the world through new perspectives, and relaying those ideas in writing, the History department prepares their graduates for the global job market. Through exercises such as applying for scholarships, grants, conferences, and community service, Texas Tech instills a type of business sense within students and promotes travel." - Melanie Lynn Highsmith, Master's in History 

History

History (PhD)

  • Methodology: Students will learn about historical sources, methods, analytical techniques, and be able to construct well-argued historical narratives in their research and writing.
  • Historiography: Students will become conversant with various schools of historical thought, and be able to integrate these different schools of thought into their research and writing.
  • Original Research: Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct independent and original research, and will be able to present that research in a well-written, well-argued, and well-organized form.

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" I can tell you that Tech has some great interdisciplinary and community programs that have allowed me to engage and interact with other organizations on campus to create a more diverse and inclusive academic culture which I think can be extended into the professional world, not just professionally but also socially." Austin Wheeler, PhD in History 

 

Interdisciplinary - Public Administration (MPA)

  • Public Administration: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the essentials of budgeting, organizational theory, policy process, human resource management, and research methodologies as they pertain to public administration.
  • Recognize: Students will demonstrate a substantive understanding of the principles and theories of one track in Public Administration.
  • Commitment: Students will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to public service values.
  • Methodology and Techniques: Students will demonstrate effectiveness in applying the methodology, techniques, and research methods to problems in Public Administration.
  • Communication: Students will demonstrate effectiveness in oral and written communication.
 
 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies - International Affairs (MA)

  • Integration of Fields: Students are able to explain how the various fields they have studied re related or share common qualities.
  • Knowledge of Fields: Students demonstrate knowledge of their substantive fields of study both within and between academic departments.
  • Writing Ability: Students demonstrate ability at effective written communication
  • Critical Thinking: Students demonstrate effective critical thinking skills.
  • Oral Communication: Students demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
 

Kinesiology and Sports Management

Sports Management (BS)

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills when analyzing current and proposed sport management practices.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate ability to use new media and existing technologies in sport management practice.
 

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"My degree has taught me what to expect and what I should know for a career in Sports Management. I do wish I had more hands-on experience in the field of sport management. The classes were informative and helpful." - Kearney Moss, Master's in Sports Management

Kinesiology and Sports Management

Sports Management (MA)

 
  • Design, organize, market, and implement socially responsible sport-related events.
  • Critically analyze sport management scholarship and case studies and demonstrate practical conclusions
  • Exhibit knowledge of ethical, socially responsible leadership and management theories and applications in sport-based projects.
 

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics (BA)

  • Proof Writing: Students will write clear correct proofs of results from algebra and analysis
  • Differential and Integral Calculus: Students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems using differential and integral calculus.
  • Career Readiness: Students will be well prepared for graduate work in mathematics and statistics and for employment as K-12 teachers.
 

Twanesha Hampton

"Texas Tech has provided me with tools and connections I believe will benefit me greatly in the work force. The teachers are understanding and are willing to help me anytime, and the people I have met have encouraged me to reach higher goals and keep trying even though the classes are hard." - Twanesha Hampton, Bachelor's in Mathematics 

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics (BS)

  • Differential and Integral Calculus: Students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems using differential and integral calculus
  • Linear algebra and Differential Equations: Students will solve problems using linear algebra and differential equations.
  • Proof Writing: Students will write clear correct proofs of results from algebra and analysis
 

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics (MA)

  • Knowledge of Advanced Mathematics: Students will demonstrate knowledge of advanced mathematical topics and the ability to communicate mathematics
  • Knowledge of Applied Mathematics: Students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems in applied mathematics.
  • Application to Teaching: Students will apply the mathematical content knowledge gained in this program to improve the depth and clarity of explanations given to students and to improve classroom activities
  • Training to Teach AP and College Courses: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively teach AP, dual credit, and community college courses in algebra, statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus
 

 Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics (MS)

  • Real and Complex Analysis: Students will solve problems and write proofs using the theory of metric spaces, Lp spaces, and measures.
  • Algebra and Topology: Students will solve problems and write proofs in algebra and topology.
  • Modeling: Students will solve problems and write proofs using statistical and numerical models
 

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics (PhD)

  • Algebra and Topology: Students will solve problems and write proofs in algebra and topology.
  • Modeling: Students will solve problems and write proofs using statistical and numerical models
  • Real and Complex Analysis: Students will solve problems and write proofs using real analysis and complex analysis.
 

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"I want to be a professor in Mathematics. I gained a lot of experiences in teaching while I work as a graduate part time instructor at Tech. It has helped me prepare for my career. Pursuing a very interesting and complicated research has made me motivated even more to be a mathematician and a researcher. My advisors and faculty at Tech have helped me attain my job perspectives." - Pushpi Paranamana, PhD Mathematics

Mathematics and Statistics

Statistics (MS)

  • Analysis: Students will solve problems and write proofs using the theory of metric spaces, Lp spaces, and measures.
  • Algebra and Topology: Students will solve problems and write proofs in algebra and topology.
  • Modeling: Students will solve problems and write proofs using statistical and numerical models
 

Psychological Sciences

Clinical Psychology (PhD)

  • To provide students in our doctoral program with broad and general training in the field of psychology: Students will gain the requisite knowledge covering the breadth of scientific psychology including biological aspects, cognitive and affective aspects, social aspects, history and systems, psychological measurement, research methodology, techniques of data analysis, and the ability to apply these areas as appropriate.
  • To produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to conduct and evaluate research: Students will gain the theoretical and empirical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to conduct and evaluate methodologically and ethically sound research.
  • To produce graduate who have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes to engage in evidence-based practice of clinical psychology: Students will gain knowledge in the scientific, methodological, and theoretical bases of the competencies associated with the evidence-based, ethical, and culturally informed practice of clinical psychology. Objective 3B: Using their knowledge, students will gain skill in evidence-based assessment and diagnosis of dysfunctional behavior, problems in living, and interpersonal difficulties across settings and will do so with professionalism, self-reflection, ethicality, and interpersonal and cultural sensitivity. Objective 3C: Using their knowledge, students will gain skill in evidence-based interventions for dysfunctional behavior, problems in living, and interpersonal difficulties across settings and will do so with professionalism, ethicality, and interpersonal and cultural sensitivity.
 

Psychological Sciences

Counseling Psychology (PhD)

  • Case Conceptualization: Upon completion of the doctoral degree for this program, students will be able to develop theoretically based case conceptualizations that will inform the psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of client issues.
  • Evidence-Based Practice: Upon completion of the doctoral degree for this program, students will be able to employ scientifically informed, psychological interventions with clients.
  • Psychological Science: Upon completion of the doctoral degree for this program, students will be able to critically analyze and produce psychological science, demonstrating knowledge about the process of scientific inquiry including research methods and statistics.
  • Cultural Diversity Applications: Upon completion of the doctoral degree for this program, students will be able to apply the knowledge of cultural diversity to psychological practice.
  • Ethical/Legal Issues: Upon completion of the doctoral degree for this program, students will be able to identify and respond effectively to ethical and legal issues involved in psychological practice and research
 
 

Psychological Sciences

General Experimental Psychology (MA)

  • Conduct Research: Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to conduct psychological research.
  • Communicate Research: Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to describe their psychological research in oral and written formats.
  • Research Ethics: Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of psychological research ethics.
 
 

 Psychological Sciences

General Experimental Psychology (PhD)

  • Consume Research: Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to consume psychological research.
  • Produce Research: Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to produce psychological research.
  • Communicate Research: Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to describe their psychological research in oral and written formats.
  • Research Ethics: Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of psychological research ethics.
 

Psychological Sciences

Psychology (BA)

  • Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: Students will use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, will demonstrate psychology information literacy, will engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving, and will interpret, design and conduct basic psychological research.
  • Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective writing for different purposes and will exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes.
  • Knowledge Base in Psychology: Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings of psychology
  • Professional Development in Psychology: Students will articulate the skill sets desired by employers who will hire or select people with psychology backgrounds, will demonstrate evidence of attaining skill sets desired by psychology-related employers, and will demonstrate teamwork capacity.
 
 

Psychological Sciences

Psychology (MA)

  • Knowledge Graduate-level knowledge of statistics, research methods, psychopathology, theory, ethics, multicultural issues, professional issues, assessment, consulting, and psychotherapy
  • Research Successful completion, or in some cases substantial progress and near-completion by end of year 2, of an independent, empirical research project at the master's level. This includes assessment by faculty advisors and committees.
  • Practicum Graduate-level knowledge of essential theory, research, and practice regarding clinical assessment, consulting, and psychotherapy
 
 

Political Sciences

Global Studies (BA)

  • Critically Analyze Issues: Appraise the global economic, cultural, ecological, and political forces that affect the current and future well being of human beings in world society.
  • Explaining Global Affairs: Critically evaluate alternative explanations for global conditions and the policy recommendations that follow from these dynamics.
  • Global Research: Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct research on a problem in global affairs.
  • Interdisciplinary Orientation: Explain the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to global studies, an approach that incorporates the humanities, social sciences natural sciences, languages, and other fields of study.
 

Political Science

Political Science (BA)

  • Knowledge of American Political System: Demonstrate considerable knowledge of the structures and processes of the American political system.
  • Compare Political Systems: Students must demonstrate knowledge of the political systems from different countries, democratic vs. non-democratic.
  • Understand International System: Demonstrate a complex understanding of the international system and how states and transnational actors operate within it.
  • Understand Judicial System: Understand the structure of the American judicial system and its basic operation.
  • Assess research validity: Assess the validity of research methods used by political science scholars.
 
 

Political Science

Political Science (MA)

  • Knowledge of specific field(s): Students will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of concepts, literature and research traditions in at least one field of Political Science.
  • Analyze political questions: Students will demonstrate an ability to use correlation statistics to analyze a political question.
  • Use Political Science data: Students will demonstrate the ability to access and use political science data.
  • Interpret multivariate statistics: Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret multivariate statistics.
 

Political Science

Political Science (PhD)

  • Multivariate Statistical Procedures: Students will demonstrate a mastery of multivariate statistical procedures as applied to different data structures.
  • Understanding of two fields: Students will demonstrate an understanding of major concepts and theories in at least two fields of Political Science.
  • Conduct independent research: Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct independent research through the presentation of second year papers and conference papers.
  • Classroom instruction effectiveness: Students will demonstrate effectiveness in classroom instruction.
  • Commitment to Research: Students will demonstrate a commitment, and ability, to conduct continuous research
 

Philosophy

Philosophy (BA)

  • Content Knowledge: A student with a BA degree in Philosophy from TTU should be able to demonstrate knowledge of Western Philosophy, including key figures, movements, and theories.
  • Program placement: Graduates are prepared to enter graduate programs in Philosophy or other academic or professional fields, or a satisfying job.
  • Communication: A student with a BA degree in Philosophy from TTU should be able to read, write, and orally communicate at a high level of sophistication.
 
 

Philosophy

Philosophy (MA)

  • Content Knowledge: A student with a MA degree in Philosophy from TTU should know the history of Western Philosophy, including key figures, movements, and theories.
  • Program placement: Graduates are prepared to enter competitive PhD programs, or other academic or professional programs.
  • Communication: A student with a MA degree in Philosophy from TTU should be able to read, write, and orally communicate at a high level of sophistication.
 

Physics

Physics (BS)

  • Problem-solving skills competence: Students will be able to analyze and solve a wide variety of physics problems, utilizing their conceptual knowledge base and appropriate mathematical approaches
  • Conceptual learning and integration: Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the major concepts of the different fields of physics and their integration into the common conceptual basis of the physical view of the world.
  • Capstone Assessment of Overall Learning Outcomes: In their final year of studies, the students will be expected to demonstrate and adequate degree of conceptual, theoretical, and experimental understanding through several possible avenues.
  • Ability to communicate physical results orally and in written form: Students will be able to effectively report on the results of physical experimental or theoretical results, using acceptable standard formats both in oral presentations and written reports.

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"Being a physics major has massively supported my critical thinking skills and has proven my ability to learn new material no matter how difficult it may be. Physics has given me a strong basis to work with to go into any engineering field and gives me a sense of uniqueness when compared to other prospective job applicants. My math minor has worked to supplement my physics knowledge. The last thing to help me was my wind energy concentration that has given me focused support on preparing me to join the renewable energy sector." - Greg Skillman, Bachelor's in Physics 

Physics

Physics (MS)

  • Completion of Core Courses: Students will successfully complete their core courses within two years of admission.
  • Master's comprehensive Exam: Students will successfully complete their comprehensive exams, where appropriate.
  • Master's Thesis: Students will successfully complete their master's thesis, where appropriate
 

Physics

Physics (PhD)

  • Employability: PhD graduates will predominantly take jobs after graduation for which skills acquired during the PhD are important.
  • High-Quality PhD thesis: A substancial fraction of PhD committees will have membership from well-respected academics from other top universities.
  • Rapid Progression to Thesis Research: Students will pass their thesis proposals within 1 1/2 years of both passing the comprehensive exam and completing their master's level coursework.

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"I haven't gotten the job that I want yet, so take this with a grain of salt. But in completing my research I've been required to perform a lot of data analysis, programming and work on Beowulf computing clusters. In addition, I've had to calculate different properties of defects in materials using first principles simulations, which are highlighted on my resume. That said, I wish there were more experimentalists in my department for us to collaborate with because hands-on experience is more marketable in general to industry jobs. Overall, I think my education has been a good preparation for the semiconductor industry." - Christopher Stanley, PhD in Physics

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Anthropology (BA)

  •  Communication: Students completing a bachelors degree in Anthropology should be able to: demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate research data and findings.
  • Anthropological Theory: Students completing a bachelors degree in Anthropology should be able to: assess theoretical approaches within the discipline of anthropology.
  • Ethical Conduct of Research: Students completing a bachelors degree in Anthropology should be able to: identify the American Anthropological Association's Principles of Professional Responsibility and the Society for American Archaeology's Principles of Archaeological Ethics and to apply the principles to resolve an ethical dilemma.
 

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Anthropology (MA)

  • Competence in Archaeology: Students will be able to identify and describe the methods and theories of the subfield of archaeology
  • Competence in Physical Anthropology: Students will be able to identify and describe the methods and theories of the subfield of physical anthropology.
  • Communication: Students will demonstrate their ability to participate in appropriate professional activities, including the dissemination of new knowledge in professional settings like conferences.
  • Competence in ethnology: Students will identify and describe the methods and theories of the subfield of ethnology
  • Research in Subfield: Students will compile and categorize data to address a specific research topic relevant to their field of study.
 
Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Social Work (BA)

 
  • Professional identity: Students will demonstrate identification with the tenets of the social work profession.
  • Sensitivity to context: Students will demonstrate sensitivity to the evolving context of social work practice.
  • Function effectively: Students will demonstrate ability to function effectively in a social work practice environment.
 

 Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Social Work (MSW)

  • Professional Identity: Student will identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Sensitivity to context: Students will engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Function Effectively: Students will apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
 

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"At Texas Tech, I built a network of faculty, staff and fellow students who were willing to provide guidance, support and feedback in and out of class. My courses in the College of Media & Communication were those that best fit my interests and strengthened my writing, problem-solving and interpersonal communication skills. Growing in these areas prepared me for a full-time job as a media relations specialist in the university's Office of Communications & Marketing. The things I learned and the relationships I formed as a student continue to contribute to my success on a daily basis."  - Amanda Castro-Crist, Master's in Social Work

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Sociology (BA)

  • Research Design and Methods: Understand and demonstrate ability to implement social research methods.
  • Understanding Contemporary Social Life: Students will have an understanding of how contemporary sociological perspectives can be used to increase our knowledge of human behavior in various social and institutional settings.
  • Understanding and Applying Classical Sociological Theory: Students will demonstrate the application of classical social theory to a social problem or issue today. This will measure their ability to not only master the material, but also show that it can still be applicable in modern life.

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"Texas Tech University has prepared me for a career by providing an internship in the area of interest for me. The university has helped me to prepare a resume and has taught me skills to be prepared to work in a diverse population. The university has provided me with experienced professors to help educate me in the different areas of working with people and empowering client's in a workplace. I am satisfied with the quality of education I have obtained from Texas Tech University!" - Misty Nolan, Bachelor's in Sociology 

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Sociology (MA)

  • Improving students' research skills Students will learn to conduct social research, from literature review, basic research design to gathering and analyzing data and relating the results to the appropriate literature in the discipline.
  • Program quality Students will acquire advanced understanding of the major sociological theories and research methods and be able to apply them in analyzing social behavior and in guiding social research.
  • Presentation at professional conferences By the end of their graduate program, students will be able to participate in appropriate professional activities such as academic conferences.
 

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 "Throughout my time as a student at Texas Tech University, I have assumed roles as an athlete, and as a teaching assistant. I believe that all of these experiences have prepared me to take on a leadership role in my career down the road. My current program has increased my analytical and critical thinking skills. I have become more adept at goal setting and meeting deadlines while completing the coursework and thesis components. The opportunity to attend conferences has enriched my educational experience, by allowing me the opportunity to network and present my work to a broader audience." - Mira Cave, Master's in Sociology

 

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