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The centerpiece of the concentration is a rigorous and comprehensive collection of courses: (1) that develop an understanding of the principles underlying the processes of data collection and analysis; and (2) that train students in the application of advanced statistical techniques for data description and analysis. The concepts and skills learned in these courses are reinforced through engagement in applied research with Sociology faculty and/or internships with local organizations in the for profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Concentrators also take courses that provide grounding in the theoretical approaches to social phenomena that are foundational to social research. Graduates develop an understanding of the concepts and processes that underlie the issues studied by sociologists and the analytic techniques that allow sociologists to understand social relations and individual behavior.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Learn to calculate, interpret, and communicate data and statistics
  • Apply advanced statistical techniques for data description and analysis to real-world problems
  • Complete a research internship in their junior year
  • Conduct a capstone project in their senior year

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Riley Pestorius

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2019 5 5 1

Alumni Pathways

Students in this concentration develop the pragmatic and logical skills that will prepare them for a career in social research, whether basic research (such as found in academia or research institutions) or applied (such as found in policy and marketing research).

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Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Carrie Spearin