Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Students in our Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis concentration (32 credits) take the courses in our core curriculum. They develop their specialization in Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis with a targeted Advanced Methods course (711 or 765) and a choice of two electives from our menu, including an internship if desired.

Advanced Methods

SOC 765 Special Topics in Research Methods

2 hr plus conf. and lab; 4 cr. 6 contact. Special topics in research methods. This course may be repeated for credit by permission of the department as the topic changes.

Topics change regularly. Examples include:

  • Program and Policy Evaluation
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Using Education Data for Research
  • OR

    SOC 711 Qualitative Methods

    2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Qualitative concepts and methods of sociological research; application of such concepts and methods in representative published studies.

    Electives

    Students choose two electives.

    SOC 728 The Sociology of Organizations: Government and Non-Profits

    2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. This course explores issues of organization and management of government and non-profit organizations with an emphasis on applying research and theory to case studies of government and non-profit organizations.

    SOC 736. Demography

    2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. Survey of population studies, including: basic demographic processes and population structures; overview of demographic data, methods, and concepts; and discussion of population issues.

    SOC 788 Cooperative Education Field Placement

    Hr. and cr. vary. Pre-req.: Permission of the department. Students will apply skills learned in courses in paid positions. A written report linking experience with skills and concepts learned in the classroom is required.

    SOC 789 Internship in Social Research

    Hr. and cr. vary. Pre-req.: Permission of the department. Students will apply skills learned in courses in volunteer positions. A written report linking experience with skills and concepts learned in the classroom is required.

    SOC 790 Seminar in Selected Topics in Sociology

    2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr. This course may be repeated for credit by permission of the department as the topic changes.

    Topics change regularly. Examples include:

    • Urban Policy and Planning
    • Sociology of Education
    • Racial and Ethnic Segregation
    • Healthcare Policy