Behavioral and Social Science Research Skills, Undergraduate Certificate

This program prepares students for careers in social science research in various industries like social advocacy organizations, local government agencies, scientific consulting services, grantmaking services, and professional organizations. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform various tasks and responsibilities in behavioral and social science research, such as data collection, data management, data analysis, and report writing. The certificate is designed for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students who are pursuing research careers in behavioral and social science.

Courses taken for this certificate may also count towards the Psychology, Sociology or Criminology and Criminal Justice majors.

View course descriptions in the University Course Catalog:

Program Details

  • Level: Undergraduate; Intermediate to Advanced
  • Eligibility: Current WP Students; Non-WP Students
  • Credit or Non-Credit: 12 college credits (4 courses)
  • Instruction Method: Traditional and online courses available
  • Average Time to Completion: Three semesters; summers optional

Skills Developed*

  • Critical Thinking
  • Technology

*Categories based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) key competencies

Noteworthy Careers Supported by this Certificate

  • Community Social Services Director
  • Social Worker
  • Fundraiser
  • Community Development Manager
  • Behavioral Health Case Manager
  • Detective & Criminal Investigator
  • Emergency Management Director

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Dr. W. Indick, Chair
Science East 5017

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