The certificate in Social Science Research Skills provides training on how to effectively collect, analyze, and present evidentiary information. Making informed decisions requires empirical evidence to understand issues and convey their importance. This certificate provides guidance and experience with the key features of amassing such evidence. The Social Science Research Skills certificate is available to all students, regardless of major. Sociology courses taken to receive this certificate will also count toward the Sociology major or minor.

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  • Overview

    The certificate in Social Science Research Skills provides training on how to effectively collect, analyze, and present evidentiary information. Making informed decisions requires empirical evidence to understand issues and convey their importance. This certificate provides guidance and experience with the key features of amassing such evidence. The Social Science Research Skills certificate is available to all students, regardless of major. Sociology courses taken to receive this certificate will also count toward the Sociology major or minor.

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    General

    Requirements:
     Students must receive a grade of C or higher in all coursework applied to the certificate.
      SOCI-1101 Introductory to Sociology 3 Credit Hours
      Upper Level Sociology: 12 Hours

    Total: 15 hours

    • SOCI-3001 - Communicating Sociology

      Provides practice in fundamental perspectives, skills and habits necessary to succeed in sociology. Communication skills will be emphasized, especially writing skills. For beginning sociology majors only.

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    • SOCI-4000 - Research Methodology

      An introduction to the logic and procedures of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Focuses on research design, use of computer and statistical packages, data interpretation, the relation of research and theory, and the writing of scientific research reports.

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    • SOCI-4003 - Applied Statistics for Sociology

      Introduction to statistical methods used in the analysis of quantitative social science data. This course focuses on applying common statistical techniques to real-world problems. Students will also gain experience explaining statistical analysis to both technical and non-technical audiences. Pre-requisite: SOCI 1101

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    • SOCI-4015 - Analyzing & Visualizing Data

      Students gain experience using a variety of software applications to create charts, graphs, and other visual presentations of social science data in order to communicate complex quantitative information to non-specialists.

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    • SOCI-4373 - Visual Sociology

      A qualitative research course focusing on the interpretation and analysis of photographic and other static images as a means for studying and critiquing social life. Student photographic projects are a major component of course work. Technical photographic skills not necessary. Course combines ethnographic research and critical sociology to develop visual literacy skills.

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    • SOCI-4613 - Qualitative Research

      An alternative to quantitative sociology. Focuses on the interpretive tradition within sociology where the meanings individuals construct for their social worlds are the topic of analysis. Same as CRIM 4613.

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    • SOCI-4999 - Special Seminars

      Detailed study of topics not currently included in course catalog. Specific titles will be announced for semester offered and will be entered on transcripts. Repeatable under different titles.

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