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Social Research Methods

School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

Students earn 20 credits by taking a combination of courses intended to develop both quantitative and qualitative skills. To satisfy the quantitative requirements of the minor, students choose the two-course statistics sequence in Economics, Psychology, or Sociology. To satisfy the qualitative requirements, students take POSC 335 and ANTH 430. Additionally, students take a 4-credit 400 level research course in a Social Science major.

Minor Requirements

20 credits

Select one of the following combinations of courses:

  • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics or PSYC 251 Psychological Statistics and
    ECON 420 Econometrics
  • PSYC 251 Psychological Statistics and
    PSYC 252 Research Methods in Psychology
  • SOC 301 Sociological Research Methods and
    SOC 303 Sociological Quantitative Analysis

Select both of the following

  • POSC 335 Qualitative Research Methods
  • ANTH 430 Ethnographic Research Methods

Four additional credits from the following list of capstone or senior research courses in a Social Science major:¹

  • ANTH 498 Independent Study
  • ANTH 499 Senior Honors Thesis
  • ECON 498 Independent Study
  • PSYC 496 Honors Seminar
  • PSYC 498 Independent Study
  • POSC 498 Independent Study
  • SOC 498 Independent Study
  • SOC 499 Senior Honor Thesis

¹ The senior research project must demonstrate advanced research skills. Specifically, students must employ empirical strategies (such as experimental design, regression analysis, or ethnological investigation) that comprise a major component of their project. Students need to earn a B or higher in the 400-level, capstone research course to successfully complete the minor.