Certificate in Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Gain the research and analytical skills you need to succeed in today's job market.

About the Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in Research Methodology will give you:

  • the fundamental mastery of basic statistical and qualitative research methods
  • the ability to design instruments to collect data
  • written and oral presentation skills to communicate information and data to multiple audiences.

Moreover, the certificate will provide you training in commonly used research paradigms and encourage you to apply these concepts and methods in active research.

Certificate Requirements

Complete 13 units of coursework total:

  • 6 units must be upper-division
  • 6 units must come from a single academic department or program within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • All courses applied to the certificate must receive a grade of C or better when the regular grading system is used

All courses in the curriculum are taught within the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. 

Core Courses

  • SBS 200: Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (4 units)

Discipline-Specific Methods Courses

Select 6 to 12 units from courses designated by the offering departments as ‘methods- emphasis’. 

Methods-emphasis courses are courses in which you develop understanding of, and proficiency in, research design and data analysis methods currently standard within the relevant academic field. These methods may be quantitative or qualitative, or both.

  • AIS 448: Producing and Assessing Social Research with Indian Communities

  • COMM 228: Introduction to Research Methods in Communication

  • ENGL 215: Elements of Craft in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 280 : Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 362: Rhetorical Theory/Inquiry/Practice
  • ENGL 380 : Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 396 : Junior Proseminar

  • GEOG 222: Working with Numeric, Spatial, and Visual Data: Fundamental Geographic Techniques
  • GEOG 303: Field Study in Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 330: Intro to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 357: Geographical Research Methods
  • GEOG 403: Applications of Geographic Info Systems
  • GEOG 416a: Computer Cartography
  • GEOG 416c: Urban Geographic Information Systems GEOG 416d: PPGIS: Participatory Approaches in Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 416e: Geovisualization (GIS)
  • GEOG 417: Geographic Information Systems for the Natural and Social Sciences
  • GEOG 419: Cartographic Modeling for Natural Resources
  • GEOG 420: Advanced GIS
  • GEOG 424: Integrated GIS
  • GEOG 457: Statistical Techniques in Geography, Regional Development and Planning
  • GEOG 467: Water Resource Assessment
  • GEOG 482: Integrated Geospatial Technologies
  • GEOG 483: Geographic Applications of Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 490: Remote Sensing for the Study of Planet Earth

  • HIST 301: Intro to the Study of History

  • ESOC 214: Introduction to Data Science
  • ESOC 301: Qualitative Internet Research
  • ESOC 302: Quantitative Methods
  • ESOC 414: Computational Social Science
  • ISTA 130: Computational Thinkg & Doing
  • ISTA 370: Research Methods for the Information Age
  • LIS 432: Online Searching

  • JOUR 489: Survey of Research Methods

  • LING 397H: Workshop in Linguistics
  • LING 424: Methods & Ethics in Linguistic Research

  • MAS 498: Senior Capstone

  • MENA 498: Senior Capstone

  • PHIL 344: Issues & Methods in Analytic Philosophy

  • POL 301: Methods of Political Inquiry
  • POL 434: Quantitative Analysis of Political Problems

  • PPEL 496A or 496H: Capstone Seminar in PPEL

  • CHS 476 : Research & Analysis of Health Data
  • CHS 480: Qualitative Analysis of Health Data
  • SOC 374: Social Research Methods
  • SOC 375: Quantitative Reasoning in Sociology

Faculty-Supervised Research Participation

You have the option of completing up to 6 units of practical research, working on faculty-sponsored or student-initiated research projects appropriate to the field of the faculty supervisor.

All courses applied to the certificate must receive a grade of C or better when the regular grading system is used and a grade of P or better when the regular grading option is not available for individual courses. 

Students and faculty may select from the following course categories as appropriate when arranging for student participation in research:

  • Directed Research (392, 492)
  • Practicum (394, 494)
  • Proseminar and Seminar (396, 396H, 496)
  • Workshop (397, 497)
  • Senior Capstone (498) 
  • Honors Thesis (498H)
  • Independent Study (399, 399H, 499, 499H)


To learn more or to apply for the certificate, contact Allison Ewing-Cooper