Social Science Research Methods (Certificate)

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Are you interested in studying the evolving reaches of human behavior through data? Looking for a leg-up in a career that requires critical analysis of information? This program teaches you to leverage qualitative evidence in the world around you and to teach the quantitative skill sets that create and confirm data theories.

The certificate program in social science research methods prepares students to acquire, manage and analyze a broad range of data on human thought and human behavior. Data can be qualitative (e.g., text, images, sound) or quantitative (e.g., direct observation, surveys, GIS). Data acquisition skills may include the downloading and managing of information from online sources or the primary collection of data in surveys or by direct observation. A key feature of this program is a focus on data analysis so students are able to analyze any data they collect. All students in this program demonstrate skills in statistical analysis plus skills in a selection of methods related to their interests.

At A Glance

Social Science Research Methods (Certificate)

Application requirements

Any student at ASU, at any school, in any major, can apply to the Undergraduate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods. Please see the advisor assigned to you (in your major) to sign up for the certificate.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Students must complete 18 credit hours. A minimum of a "C" grade (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) in each course is required.
Required Course -- 3 credit hours
Electives (Choose four) -- 12 credit hours
Required Capstone Course -- 3 credit hours
ASB 499: Individualized Instruction or an equivalent capstone course approved by academic advisor (3)
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

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