Jun 25, 2021  
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022

Certificate in Applied Social Science Research

ADDENDA [Mar. 24, 2021] - Changes to the program requirements and notes, effective for the Fall 2021 term, were approved after this Calendar was initially published.  Please see Addenda and Errata  for more information.

The Certificate in Applied Social Science Research is an interdisciplinary certificate aimed at developing students' research skills in the social sciences through a combination of course work and hands-on research experience. Completing the certificate allows students to develop their research skills and to gain professional experience by participating in an applied social science research project. Students may pursue the Certificate while fulfilling existing requirements in their discipline by choosing courses (see below) for ★15.

Certificate Requirements (★15)


To obtain credit for the certificate, students are expected to submit an Intention to Complete form by the Fall of their intended year of graduation. The Intention to Complete form and the Certificate Advisor contact information is available on the Department of Sociology website.

All students must publicly present their research projects. Students taking SOC 415  present their project with their cohort as part of the course. For students taking a different Capstone course, other presentation options  for students to present their project will be considered, with the approval of the Certificate Advisor.

Students may apply for other courses to count toward the Certificate and should check eligibility of the topic in SOC 402  toward the certificate, by seeking the approval of the Certificate Advisor.

Any course outside of SOC 415: Applied Research Internship that is being used to satisfy the capstone or research internship course must be signed off by the Certificate Advisor. Students are advised to get approval before commencing the capstone or internship.

Linguistic majors may use a combination of three 300- or 400-level Linguistics classes to meet the credit requirements of the introductory overview course in social science methodology.

Linguistics courses used towards meeting the ★3 introductory overview course in social science methodology cannot also be used towards meeting other course requirements for this certificate.

Students, however, should consult with the advisor of the certificate.

Course offerings are subject to change.