Certificate in Applied social research

15-credit Certificate        ALL MAJORS welcome!

Acquire the skills necessary to identify and create new pathways for social change!

Opportunities to:

Identify, gather, interpret, and organize information about today’s pressing social issues.

Get hands-on training with the research tools needed to produce and communicate evidence-driven arguments about how to address social inequalities and social justice issues. 

Graduate with a strategic advantage in the competitive job market!

Required Courses:

SOC 311 : Sociological Research Methods

SOC 314 : Applications of Quantitative Research

SOC 315 : Applications of Qualitative Research

Elective Courses (select 2):

ANTH 441 : Method in Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 443 : Ethnographic Field Methods

ANTH 444 : Cultures of Virtual Worlds–Research Methods

CO 301C: Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)

CO 302: Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)

ECON 235/LB 235: Working With Data

ECON 335/AREC 335: Introduction to Econometrics

ETST 441: Indigenous Knowledges

ETST 493 : Capstone Seminar

GR 315 : Quantitative Geographical Methods

HIST 392 : Seminar in Historical Methods

JTC 300 : Strategic Writing and Communication (GT-CO3)

JTC 319 : Science and Environmental Communication

JTC 417 : Data Visualization Design

POLS 320 : Empirical Political Analysis

POLS 459 : Program Evaluation for Public Administrators

POLS 465 : Public Policy Analysis

SPCM 334 : Co-Cultural Communication

SPCM 335 : Gender and Communication

SPCM 401 : Rhetoric in Social Movements

SPCM 434 : Intercultural Communication

Explore a diverse array of topics such as dynamics of social inequalities, race, gender, capitalism, environmental justice, deviance, and the criminal justice system.

Examine crime, victimization, and justice to understand the social aspects and impacts of crime—especially as they relate to social inequalities—as well as the role of research in creating effective policy

Develop tools to better understand how individuals, communities, and nations affect natural resources, and create systems-based solutions to vital social and environmental problems.


Thank you for your interest! We encourage you to visit campus, talk with Sociology faculty and staff, and sit in on a class or two.

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