Applied Social Research (ASO)

ASO 201. Introduction to Applied Social Research. (3)

Social scientists (anthropologists, geographers, psychologists, sociologists, etc.) conduct empirical research in order to explain our social world. ASO 201 is the first course in a sequence of three foundational courses (ASO 201, ASO 301, ASO 401) that will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to design, conduct, and interpret applied social research. In ASO 201, students gain an overview of the multiple theoretical approaches guiding social research. Students will examine approaches from multiple disciplines within the social sciences to determine how research is conducted within these fields to explore, understand, and implement practical solutions to important social issues.
Prerequisite: at least one 100 level social science course.

ASO 301. Applied Social Research Methods. (4)

Social scientists (anthropologists, geographers, psychologists, sociologists, etc.) conduct empirical research in order to explain our social world. ASO 301 is the second in a sequence of three foundational courses (ASO 201, ASO 301, and ASO 401) designed to provide students the knowledge and skills they need to design, conduct, and interpret applied social science research. In ASR 201, students learned the theoretical approaches guiding social research. In ASO 301, students are introduced to the processes and skills required to conceive, design, conduct, analyze, interpret, visualize, and report results from social science research. Students will learn how to formulate research questions, identify study variables, employ theories to explain the relationship between variables, and to collect, analyze, and report data using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

ASO 401. Applied Social Research Methods. (3)

The final capstone course in a sequence of three foundational courses (ASO 201, ASO 301, and ASO 401) designed to provide students the knowledge and skills necessary to design, conduct, and interpret applied social science research. In ASO 401, students will demonstrate their integrated knowledge and professional growth by completing an individualized research project that draws from an array of applied social research methods. After successfully completing the capstone course, students will understand what is expected of an applied social research scientist and will have the skills to confidently design and implement appropriate research methods essential for graduate studies or future employment.
Prerequisite: ASO 301.