Social Science Research Methods minor

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The Social Science Research Methods minor focuses on social science research methods and statistical analysis. Students who complete this minor will be prepared to:

  • evaluate and critique complex information,
  • make oral and written verbal arguments justifying their position/beliefs,
  • use qualitative & quantitative designs/methods,
  • perform statistical analysis, and
  • develop new perspectives and ideas. 

This minor is open to students from all majors and would benefit students who wish to develop skills directly applicable to specific fields or majors including business, consumer research, economics, education, and information technology.

SIAS majors are designed to allow a student to earn a minor without additional credits beyond that required for graduation. With planning, many UW Tacoma majors will work well with the social science research methods minor. See your program advisor for more information.

Declare your minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have questions about this process, please see your advisor. For questions specifically about this minor, contact an academic advisor.

Social Science Research Methods minor course requirements

The Social Science Research Methods minor requires 33-35 credits with a minimum of 20 credits completed at UW Tacoma.

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0. A minimum of 20 credits must be completed outside of the student’s major degree requirements. In addition, at least 20 credits must be from upper-division courses.  Students must complete 3-5 credits from each of the 7 areas listed below (Lists A - G).

List A: Introductory Statistics (5 credits)

List B: Introductory Research Methods (3-5 credits)

List C: Epistemology (5 credits)

List D: Qualitative Research Designs (5 credits)

List E: Quantitative Research Designs (5 credits)

List F: Advanced Statistics (5 credits)

List G: Electives (5 credits)

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