The Concentration in Analysis and Research—an elective option within the undergraduate sociology major—is designed for students who do well and are interested in research methods and statistics. CAR prepares students for entry-level jobs in applied social research and/or for graduate study. Key features of the concentration include advanced statistics courses, training in social science computing, and research. By selecting appropriate electives and internships, students may focus their training on demography, survey research, marketing and communications, criminal justice, health care, education, social services, natural resources, organizations, or personnel and human resources.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CAR OPTION (CAR)
36 credits of SOC, to include: 1
All requirements for the general Sociology major
All students are required to take four foundation core courses (Introduction, Research, Statistics, and Theory) and additional CAR Distribution courses in Statistics, Research, Computing, and Practicum that build on prior sociological and social scientific knowledge from the foundation core courses.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the four required foundation core courses as early as possible. These foundation courses are prerequisites for most upper-level courses and the option has several sequenced courses, some of which are taught only once a year.
36 credits in SOC courses to include Foundation (Core) requirements for the general Sociology major (above), plus these CAR-specific requirements: 1
|Two Additional Statistics courses are required|
|SOC/C&E SOC 361||Statistics for Sociologists II||3|
|or ECON 410||Introductory Econometrics|
|or POLI SCI 552|
|or STAT 302||Accelerated Introduction to Statistical Methods|
|SOC 362||Statistics for Sociologists III||3|
|or STAT 312||Introduction to Theory and Methods of Mathematical Statistics II|
|SOC/C&E SOC 365||Data Management for Social Science Research||3-4|
|Distribution - Two Research Electives from: 2||6|
|Introduction to Survey Methods for Social Research|
|Introduction to Mathematical Sociology|
|Mathematical Models of Social Systems|
|Talk and Social Interaction|
|Sociological Perspectives on the Life Course and Aging|
|Poverty and Place|
|Demographic Techniques I|
|Applied Demography: Planning and Policy|
COMP SCI 371
|Applied Dynamical Systems, Chaos and Modeling|
|Introduction to Stochastic Processes|
|Elections and Voting Behavior|
|Introduction to Time Series|
|Introductory Nonparametric Statistics|
|An Introduction to Sample Survey Theory and Methods|
|Applied Categorical Data Analysis|
|Statistical Methods for Epidemiology|
|Technology of Computer-Based Business Systems|
|SOC/C&E SOC 693||Practicum in Analysis and Research||3|
Although students may choose courses outside of the SOC subject to meet some requirements of the CAR option, all 36 of the credits required for this major option must be in SOC courses.
In addition, students must complete the Residence & Quality of Work requirement which includes 15 credits of Upper Level work in the major, taken in Residence. Major courses outside of SOC do compute into the major GPA, but are not considered Upper Level for purposes of this requirement.
Unlike the general major, CAR option students are required to complete two (not four) courses in distribution, among the courses listed as Research Electives.
CAR option Quality of Work
A minimum 3.000 GPA on all CAR-specific courses is required at the time of graduation.
|Communication A||3||SOC/C&E SOC 210 or 211 (SOC 211 also satisfies Communication B)||3-4|
|Quantitative Reasoning A||3||SOC/C&E SOC 357||4|
|Foreign Language (if required)||4||Biological Science Breadth||3|
|Ethnic Studies (may be taken in the major)||3||Intermediate MATH, COMP SCI or STAT (for B.S.)||3|
|Physical Science Breadth||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 360 (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning B)||4||SOC/C&E SOC 475||3|
|INTER-LS 210||1||SOC Distribution (upper level)||4|
|Humanities Breadth||3||Natural Science Breadth||3|
|Science Breadth||3||Literature Breadth||3|
|Declare the major||SOC Distribution (upper level)||4|
|Humanities Breadth||6||SOC/C&E SOC 365||3-4|
|SOC Distribution (upper level)||4||CAR Research Elective||4|
|Additional statistics for CAR option||3||Electives||3|
|SOC Distribution (upper level)||3||SOC/C&E SOC 693||3|
|CAR option Research Elective||3||Electives||12|
|Total Credits 120|