Applied Social Research Practicum

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Applied Social Research Practicum Option (30 credits)
This Applied Social Research /Practicum Practicum Option is intended on helping students develop the kinds of skills required for research-based positions in government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Graduates work in social research positions in business, government and non-profit sectors like Pharmaceutical Product Development, the U.S. Census Bureau, and Research Triangle Institute to name a just a few. However, some also have gone on to doctoral programs in Sociology.

The requirements for this track are exactly the same as for the Preparation for Doctoral Studies Track EXCEPT a six-credit Practicum and Practicum Paper replace the six Thesis credits Thesis document. A list of requirements for this track are as follows:

Course Number and Title:                                                                  
1. SOCI 6459-Modern Sociological Theory 3 credit hours        
2. SOCI 6488-Research Methods and Design  3 credit hours
3. SOCI 6212, 6213-Social Statistics 3 credit hours                                      
4. SOCI 6312, 6313-Multivariate Techniques and Analysis 3 credit hours    
5. Graduate Level Sociology Electives (5000 or above)* 6 credit hours    
7. Graduate Level Sociology or Other Electives (5000 or above)* 6 credit hours 
8. SOCI 6992-Practicum (two semesters) ** 6 credit hours   
9. SOCI 8000-Comprehensive Exam (Theory, Methods, Stats)
Total 30 credit hours


*All courses taken outside of department must be approved by the Graduate Director.  A minimum of six elective credits must be taken in Sociology, and a maximum of six credits may be taken outside of the department. Students may have this requirement waived by the Graduate Director, if they are enrolled in an official second graduate degree or certificate. However, students must have 18 completed course credits in Sociology, (not including thesis), along with a Teaching Mentorship, if they wish to teach an undergraduate course in the department (Student Teaching is subject to approval of the Department of Sociology’s Chair, Graduate Director, and Undergraduate Director, see Appendix J).
** Subject to Graduate Director Approval. See the discussion of the Practicum.
*** Students do not enroll in this course, but fulfill this requirement after passing all three content area sections