The Certificate in Applied Social Research advances and refines students' ability to identify, gather, interpret, and organize information about today’s pressing social issues. The courses provide hands-on training so students acquire the research tools needed to produce and communicate evidence-driven arguments about how to address social inequalities and social justice issues. The Certificate in Applied Social Research gives students a strategic advantage in the competitive job market and provides the skills necessary to identify and create new pathways for social change.
- Link sociological theory to the development of research questions.
- Apply a variety of research design strategies to research questions.
- Assess the quality and limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data.
- Discuss socio-cultural, ethical, and political considerations in social science research.
- Collect both quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources, including considerations of sampling, conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement.
- Manage different types of social science data, including restructuring data for analysis, transcription, coding, and integrating data from diverse sources.
- Identify and apply appropriate techniques for analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data.
- Effectively present and write up research results for a variety of audiences, including considerations of causality, data display and visualization, and integrating quantitative and qualitative results.
Effective Spring 2023
Each course used to satisfy requirements of the certificate requires a minimum grade of C (2.000), i.e. all SOC courses AND electives.
Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.
|SOC 311||Sociological Research Methods||3|
|SOC 314||Applications of Quantitative Research||3|
|SOC 315||Applications of Qualitative Research||3|
|Select two courses from the following:||6|
|Method in Cultural Anthropology|
|Ethnographic Field Methods|
|Cultures of Virtual Worlds–Research Methods|
|Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)|
|Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)|
|Working With Data|
|Introduction to Econometrics|
|Quantitative Geographical Methods|
|Seminar in Historical Methods|
|Strategic Writing and Communication (GT-CO3)|
|Science and Environmental Communication|
|Data Visualization Design|
|Empirical Political Analysis|
|Program Evaluation for Public Administrators|
|Public Policy Analysis|
|Gender and Communication|
|Rhetoric in Social Movements|
|Program Total Credits:||15|