The Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies offers a Certificate in Social Science Research Methods. This certificate will prepare students to work in applied and institutional research settings. The courses required for the Social Science Research Methods Certificate focus on the understanding and application of social science research methods commonly used in the public and private sectors. The graduate certificate is open to students enrolled in any graduate program at Texas Woman’s University as well as to qualified individuals seeking only the Social Science Research Methods Certificate.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Identify and use quantitative and qualitative research methods for social research.
- Select appropriate statistical techniques to answer basic research questions, perform basic statistical analysis using computer software, and interpret results.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
18 semester credit hours (SCH).
All coursework to be completed with an average of B or higher.
|Research Methods and Design
|Intermediate Social Statistics
|Quantitative Methods and Design
|Select 9 SCH from the following with the approval of the Program Lead or Graduate Advisor of the Sociology Program.
|Strategic Planning in Healthcare
|Research Methods for Managerial Decision Making
|Research Methods in Family Sciences
|Advanced Quantitative Research Methods In Family Sciences
|Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In Family Sciences
|Data Collection and Analysis
|Health Promotion Research Methods
|Qualitative Research Methods and Program Evaluation
|Advanced Qualitative Research: Design and Analysis
|Statistical Methods in Sociology
|Seminar on Research Methods
|Qualitative Research in Sociology
|Advanced Statistical Methods
|Qualitative Research Methods
|Other courses may be selected as electives with the approval of the Program Lead or Graduate Advisor of the Sociology Program and may be repeated when topics vary.