APSU Department of Sociology Vision and Mission Statement
The Department of Sociology at Austin Peay State University is dedicated to the inspiration and education of students in the discipline of Sociology. Our vision is to encourage our students, our colleagues, and the community we live in to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the social issues and sociological forces that affect us all.
To achieve our Vision, our Mission is to generate knowledge, build stronger communities and promote understanding of social forces. Our commitment is to superior, quality teaching which will propel students into a lifelong search for greater knowledge and understanding of our social world. Our introductory and upper-division courses will encourage students to “think sociologically.” Our students will expand their knowledge and critical thinking, hone analytic skills, and learn to use sociological tools to understand complex social issues, patterns of social structure, and the interplay between biography and history within their program of study and their everyday lives.
Together with our students we aspire to be active contributors to sociological knowledge by engaging in scientific research, using accepted sociological theories and methods. The scope of our research will range from micro-level interaction to macro-level social structure. These results will be shared through our participation in classes, seminars, colloquiums, informal talks, roundtable meetings, and sociological societal annual events. We will also present our findings in various publications including refereed journals and books.
Finally, through our efforts and participation within Austin Peay State University and organizations outside of academia, we will build with our students a sense of community. We will use our understanding of group processes and organizational dynamics to promote a deeper appreciation for the experience and diversity of our society, especially those who may be disenfranchised by the social structures that currently exist. Our goal is to share the importance of respect for the dignity of all humankind.
The goals of the program are derived from its mission, the purposes of social work as well as expectations for the structure of baccalaureate social work education. The goals of the program are to:
- prepare students for entry-levels generalist social work with client systems of various types and sizes
- provide an integrated curriculum based on the purposes of social work and the knowledge, values, ethics and skills necessary for entry-level generalist practice
- provide an educational experience that promotes culturally sensitive practice with diverse and oppressed groups and encourages active community participation in advancing social and economic justice
- provide an educational experience that facilitates critical thinking and analysis of social work knowledge and practice
- provide a learning environment that encourages self-reflection, information literacy, lifelong learning and prepares students for professional growth and development
The intent of the social work program is to graduate students who are able to:
- practice within the values and ethics of social work and with an understanding and appreciation of diversity
- use communication skills appropriate to interacting with a variety of diverse populations, colleagues, and members of the community