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online sociology certificate

Last Updated on January 17, 2023 by Team College Learners


In public sociology, you will confront public issues and social problems through engagement that reaches beyond the academy. Applying sociological theory and research methods to contemporary issues, you will explore how social structures and systems influence you and those around you. This flexible 12-credit program includes a six-credit core to provide a foundation in public sociology, looking at social policy, advocacy, and social change. You will build on that foundation with a customized course of study with elective courses chosen from a diverse field of course offerings relevant to public sociology and your intellectual interests and career goals. Credits from this program can be applied toward an MA.

Public Sociology (Graduate Certificate)

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 6 credit hours at or above 600-level, with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit

Course Requirements

Required (6 credit hours)

  • SOCY-684 Seminar in Public Sociology (3)
  • SOCY-691 Internship (1-6) (3 credit hours required)

Research (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

  • SOCY-621 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3)
  • SOCY-624 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3)

Electives (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

  • SOCY-580 Social Policy Analysis (3)
  • SOCY-651 Latinx Studies (3)
  • SOCY-653 Intersectionality: Theory and Practice (3)
  • SOCY-654 Topics in Transnational Perspective (3)
  • SOCY-661 Racial Inequalities and Social Transformation (3)
  • SOCY-669 Gender, Sexuality, and Migration (3)
  • SOCY-689 Environmental Sociology (3)

How to Apply

File on a desktop computer.

1: Submit Application Form

Once you have created an account, you will be able to access the application form. You do not need to complete the form in one sitting.

You will not upload a statement of purpose as part of the application form. Uploading supporting documents and recommendation letters is done at a later stage.

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2: Pay Fee

Pay the application fee of $55 (unless eligible for waived fee). You will not be able to upload letters of recommendation, transcripts, or test scores until the fee has been received.


3: Upload Required Materials

Submit all required materials as early as possible to allow time for them to be received. After admittance, you will be required to mail all official transcripts. Received documents are not returnable or transferable.

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