Analytics Courses

DATA 605. Introduction to Social Statistics

Introduction to descriptive, inferential, bivariate, and multivariate statistical techniques used to analyze social science data. Students generate and interpret output produced by standard statistical computer packages and acquire theoretical and practical skills foundational to the graduate data analytics courses DATA 710 and 712.

DATA 634. Social Science Research Methods

ntroduction of the theoretical and methodological approaches to conducting social science research, analyzing social science data, and communicating scientific findings. Survey of various scientific research methods, combined with understanding of their practical applications in social science settings. Students acquire theoretical and practical skills foundational to the graduate data analytics courses DATA 754 and 755.

DATA 701. The Development of Sociological Theory

Critical examination of the major treatises and schools in the development of sociological theory from Comte to twentieth-century theorists.

DATA 702. Contemporary Sociological Theory

Critical discussion of current sociological theory. Relationship of contemporary theory to empirical research.

DATA 710. Basic Analytics

Prereq.: Introductory undergraduate course in statistics. This course focuses on basic statistical concepts and analytic techniques with an emphasis on application to real-world problems and issues. It is the first in a two-semester sequence. Emphasizes describing and summarizing data, statistical inference procedures and reasoning, and use of statistical software in analysis.

DATA 711. Qualitative Methods

Qualitative concepts and methods of sociological research; application of such concepts and methods in representative published studies.

DATA 712. Advanced Analytics

Prereq.: DATA 710 or equivalent. An examination of advanced statistical methods, inference, and multivariate techniques, such as ANOVA, linear regression, and logistic regression.

DATA 716. Professional Writing and Communication for Social Research

An applied course stressing succinct and meaningful communication. The course will include proposals, analytical reports, and presentations. Essential concepts will be drawn from a wide variety of professional experiences.

DATA 728. The Sociology of Organizations: Government and Non-Profits

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.

DATA 734. Applied Social Research in Marketing I

A survey of the techniques used in marketing research with an emphasis on developing skills needed to carry out research.

DATA 735. Applied Social Research in Marketing II

Prereq.: DATA 734. Continuation of DATA 734. Students carry out a marketing research project.

DATA 736. Demography

Survey of population studies, including: basic demographic processes and population structures; overview of demographic data, methods, and concepts; and discussion of population issues.

DATA 754. Applied Social Research I

Special topics in Applied Social Research.

DATA 755. Applied Social Research II

Prereq: DATA 754 and permission of the department. Special topics in Applied Social Research.

DATA 765. Special Topics in Research Methods

Special topics in research methods. This course may be repeated for credit by permission of the department as the topic changes.

DATA 788. Cooperative Education Field Placement

Prereq.: 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.

DATA 789. Internship in Social Research.

Prereq.: 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.

DATA 790. Seminar in Selected Topics in Sociology

Content will be determined by the special interest of students and the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit by permission of the department as the topic changes.

DATA 791. Tutorial

Permission of the graduate advisor in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research. Independent study under the guidance of a faculty director.

DATA 792. Research

Permission of the graduate advisor in Sociology. Research conducted under the guidance of a faculty director.

DATA 793. Thesis Research

Completion of requirements a through e (23 credits) in the list of departmental requirements on the previous page. Student will carry out a research project, which will culminate in a master’s thesis or a research report of comparable significance