Interdisciplinary Certificate in Applied Social Science Research

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Applied Social Science Research facilitates the development of methodological skills applicable to social research in a wide range of settings. Skills include but are not limited to: research design, interviewing, experimental design, ethnography, survey design, coding, program evaluation, inferential statistical analysis, and effective translation of data for a variety of audiences. The certificate also offers explicit opportunities to cultivate ethical, rigorous research collaborations with community partners.

Participating students take courses in methodological approaches in at least two disciplines. They will hone multiple methodological skills, learn to apply them in diverse situations, fully realize their value, and develop an ability to articulate that value for a range of community and  professional settings.

Students majoring in Math, Computer Science, or a social science discipline may be a particularly good fit for the certificate.

The certificate requires a minimum of 12 semester hours and 4 courses selected from the list below, one of which must be SSCI 300 (Applied Social Research Workshop). With the approval of the certificate coordinator, other courses may be taken to meet the certificate’s requirements. The combination of courses must comply with the catalog guidelines for all interdisciplinary certificates. Students are responsible for completing necessary prerequisites for all courses or for obtaining a waiver from the instructor.


  • ANTH 336 Ethnographic Methods (4)
  • CSCI 183 Introduction to Programming: Numerical Applications (3)
  • CSCI 201 Intro to Object-Oriented Programming (3)
  • CSCI 329 Big Data Analytics (3)
  • ECON 355 Open Economy Macroeconomics (3)
  • ECON 365 Econometrics (3)
  • HWP 310 Community Health Promotion: Theory and Practice (4)
  • HWP 345 Research Methods (3)
  • MGMT 380 Management Science (4)
  • MGMT 426 Strategic Decision Making (2)
  • MGMT 427 Systemic Decision Making (4)
  • MGMT 428 Business Analytics (2)
  • POLS 290 Political Analysis (4)
  • POLS 337 ReStorying Community (4)
  • POLS 396 Quantitative Reasoning: Telling Stories with Numbers (4)
  • PSYC 201 Research Methods I (4)
  • PSYC 202 Research Methods II (4)
  • SOC 338 Social Research Methods (4)
  • SSCI 300 Applied Social Research Workshop (2-4)
  • STAT 185 Introductory Statistics (4)
  • STAT 321 Applied Data Analysis (3)
  • STAT 325 Introduction to Regression Models (3)
  • STAT 326 Statistics for Experimenters (3)
  • STAT 327 Applied Multivariate Analysis (3)
  • STAT 329 Big Data Analytics (3)

View all permanent catalog courses that count toward the certificate. Other courses may apply, as available.

For questions please contact the Sociology and Anthropology Department (