Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificates

There are interdisciplinary certificates available to graduate students in our program that can supplement their coursework. Below are the descriptions and a summary of the requirements.

Violence Studies

Requirements for the Concentration

This concentration will provide students with a holistic view of the problem of violence in society and deepen their knowledge and skill set to address it.

There is a minimum of 11 semester hours of coursework (usually four semester-long courses) including two foundation courses and two supplementary courses.

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Women's Health

Requirements for the Concentration

In order to receive a certificate in Women's Health, sociology graduate students need to complete 4 courses (12 credit hours) and 6 course hours outside of the sociology department.

The first of 3 core courses is the introduction to Women's Health, taught in the College of Nursing. The other two core courses are a Women's Health Specific Issues course and a theory or methods course.

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Sociology graduate students interested in this program would be mentored by one of our two designated faculty on this concentration: Claire Decoteau and Laurie Schaffner.

Affiliated faculty in our department include: Barbara Risman, Sydney Halpern and Lorena Garcia. For a full list of faculty involved, please see this list.

Survey Methodology

Requirements for the Concentration

The primary goal of the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology (GCSRM) is to provide graduate students with the opportunity for systematic, integrated study of issues relevant to the conduct of professional survey research.

There is a minimum of 14 semester hours of course work, of which at least 7 must be from among the core courses in the concentration (CHSC 447, CHSC 577, BSTT 440, PA 588, PA 579, and STAT 431).

The remaining hours must come from survey research methodology elective courses, independent study decided in consultation with the advisor, or alternative courses approved by the advisor and the director(s).

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Gender and Women's Studies

Requirements for the Concentration

This concentration entails a completion of a minimum of 16 credit hours (typically four semester-long courses) which includes Feminist Theories (GWS 501) and Research Approaches in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS 502). For sociology graduate students, the other 8 credit hours can be met by Sociology of Gender and graduate seminar in gender (SOC 520/ 540).

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Latin American Studies

Requirements for the Concentration

Concentration courses include a core seminar (LALS 501), plus 3 electives for a total of 16 units beyond or combined with graduate program degree requirements. No more than 8 hours [2 semester long courses] can be taken in the student's home graduate unit.

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