*10 credits required per quarter*

YEAR 1

AUTUMN

SOC 504 - Applied Social Statistics (3)

Applications of statistics in sociology and related social sciences. Emphasis on problems of analysis with imperfect data. Probability in statistical inference. Analysis of variance; contingency table analysis, nonparametric procedures; regression analysis in social research.

SOC WL 552 - Seminar in Contemporary Social Welfare Policy (3)

 Critical review of contemporary American income maintenance and related social welfare policies, and the economic, political, and social factors that affect their development, implementation, and effectiveness. Evaluation of their effects on poverty, income inequality, and related social outcomes, including international comparisons.

SOC WL 558 - Integrative Seminar (1)

This seminar provides a weekly opportunity for first year students to discuss issues that arise for them during their transition to the doctoral program, assist them with professional development tasks such as writing abstracts for conference presentations, review instructor expectations  for the first year comprehensive exams and work on their Individual Development Plans.  It provides a foundation for success in the program.    Open only to first year students.

SOC WL 598 - Theory and Metatheory in Social Research (3)

Explores the nature and role of theory in social research, theoretical and metatheoretical foundations of major social science research paradigms, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the socially constructed nature of theory and definitions of social "problems." Encourages critical, collaborative reflection on the role of theory in contemporary interdisciplinary research environments.

Optional

SOC WL 556 - West Coast Poverty Center Seminar (1)

Presents cutting-edge research on poverity, inequality, and public policy.

WINTER

CS&SS 508 Introduction to R for Social Scientists (1)

Familiarizes students with the R environment for statistical computing (http://www.r-project.org). R is a freely available, multi-platform, and powerful program for analysis and graphics similar to S-PLUS. Covers the basics of organizing, managing, and manipulating social science data; basic applications; introduction to programming; links to other major statistical packages.

SOC 505 Applied Social Statistics (3)

Applications of statistics in sociology and related social sciences. Emphasis on problems of analysis with imperfect data. Probability in statistical inference. Analysis of variance; contingency table analysis, nonparametric procedures; regression analysis in social research.

SOC WL 558 - Integrative Seminar (1)

This seminar provides a weekly opportunity for first year students to discuss issues that arise for them during their transition to the doctoral program, assist them with professional development tasks such as writing abstracts for conference presentations, review instructor expectations  for the first year comprehensive exams and work on their Individual Development Plans.  It provides a foundation for success in the program.    Open only to first year students.

SOC WL 580 Quantitative Research Methods and Design (3)

Logic, terminology, and methods of quantitative social science approaches to correlational, experimental, quasi-experimental, survey, and program evaluation research. Components of the research process (problem definition, concept explication, ethical evaluating, and designing defensible quantitative research studies).

SOC WL 581 Qualitative Research Methods and Design (3)

Theoretical and methodological foundations of a range of qualitative methods relevant to social welfare and social science research. Fundamentals of qualitative research design and implementation, including framing research questions, sampling, data collection, analytical methods, and quality criteria. Focus on ethics, cultural sensitivity, and community-based research with vulnerable populations.

Optional

CS&SS 505 Review of Mathematics for Social Scientists (1)

Reviews basic mathematical skills needed for a meaningful understanding of elementary statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. Overview of core knowledge required for graduate courses in quantitative methods in social sciences. Topics include discrete mathematics, differential and integral calculus, review of matrix algebra, and basic probabilistic and statistical concepts. 

SOC WL 556 - West Coast Poverty Center Seminar (1)

Presents cutting-edge research on poverity, inequality, and public policy.

SPRING

SOC 506 Methodology: Quantitative Techniques in Sociology (3)

Applied regression analysis with emphasis on interactive computer graphics techniques and interpretation. Application to typical sociological problems. 

SOC WL 553 Policy Implementation and Organizations (3)

Examines divers organization theories relevance to policy implementation, translational research, and practice interventions within health and human service settings. Emphasizes multilevel models and integrative frameworks that take into account individual, group, and organizational factors, recognizing outcomes as embedded phenomenon nested within organization, community, and societal contexts.

SOC WL 558 - Integrative Seminar (1)

This seminar provides a weekly opportunity for first year students to discuss issues that arise for them during their transition to the doctoral program, assist them with professional development tasks such as writing abstracts for conference presentations, review instructor expectations  for the first year comprehensive exams and work on their Individual Development Plans.  It provides a foundation for success in the program.    Open only to first year students.

SOC WL 599 Theory Development for Social Research (3)

Assists students in applying theory in building an original conceptual model. Emphasizes critical and integrative thinking derived from a social justice framework. Encourages students to examine the ideological, political, methodological, and ethical principles shaping theories, models, and concepts in contemporary social science and social welfare research. Open to interdisciplinary students with instructor permission. 

Optional

SOC WL 556 - West Coast Poverty Center Seminar (1)

Presents cutting-edge research on poverity, inequality, and public policy.

 

YEAR 2

AUTUMN

SOC WL 559 - Preparing to Teach: Instructional Theory and Practice (3)

Teaching conceptualized as professional practice. Focuses on integration of theory, research and educational strategies, techniques, and skills into students' practice as educators. Classroom discussions and activities promote reflection, exploration, critical analysis, and experimentation.

 **Additional courses/seminars for a total of 10 credits per quarter. See 2nd& 3rd years.

WINTER & SPRING

Students select courses/seminars for a total of 10 credits per quarter. See 2nd& 3rd years.

THROUGHOUT YEAR 2

**These courses maybe completed anyquarter during the second year.

SOC WL 582 - Research Practicum (3)

Development of specific methodological skills in social welfare research through participation in an ongoing research project. Learning contract used to target specific research competencies.

SOC WL 583 - Research Practicum (3)

Development of specific methodological skills in social welfare research through participation in an ongoing research project. Learning contract used to target specific research competencies.

SOC WL 584 - Teaching Practicum (3)

Supervised teaching of a required course or teaching as a co-instructor with a faculty member. Learning contract used to target specific teaching competencies, e.g., assessing and evaluating student outcomes, identifying class session goals and objectives, tailoring instruction methods to diverse learning styles. 

YEAR 2 & 3

THROUGHOUT YEAR 2 & 3 

Three (3) Advanced Research Methods/Data Analysis courses

  • 500 level; 3+ credits/quarter; required
  • At least one must be qualitative or mixed methods content 
  • Two of the three required Methods courses must be numerically graded

Two (2) Social Science Theory Courses 

  • 500 level; 3+ credits/quarter; required
  • One of the two required Theory courses must be numerically graded

Two (2) or more numerically graded substantive courses

YEAR 4 & 5

THROUGHOUT YEAR 4 & 5

Soc WL 800 - Dissertation (27)

  • Total credits must total at least 27 over at least 3 quarters
  • These can be taken whenever you wish - minimum 2 credits/quarter

Soc WL 591 - Special Topics: Career Seminar

  • 1 credit each for Autumn/Winter/Spring quarters

THROUGHOUT PROGRAM

Electives

**NOTE: Most electives are offered every other year in rotation.

AUTUMN

SOC WL 556 - West Coast Poverty Center Seminar (1)

Presents cutting-edge research on poverity, inequality, and public policy.

SOC WL 577 Promoting Well-Being among At-Risk Groups through Prevention Research (3)

Interdisciplinary overview of major concepts and methods in health promotion and prevention research, with emphasis on at-risk populations. Attentive to health disparities, collaboration with diverse communities and biobehavioral advances in addition to application of theory and prevention-science framework. Encourages interdisciplinary participation and supporting students in articulating their research perspectives.

SOC WL - 585 Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research I (3)

The first in a two-quarter sequence offering intensive experience in the theory and application of qualitative and ethnographic research methods. Prepares students for conducting qualitative studies and for combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on applications especially relevant to social welfare.

SOC WL - 589 Multivariate Data Analysis for the Social Sciences (4) 

Multivariate analysis aims to summarize and describe patterns among multiple observed characteristics. Explores theoretical introduction and practical skills to carry out multivariate analysis methods such as cluster analysis, principal components, factor analysis, and latent class analysis. 

WINTER

SOC WL 556 - West Coast Poverty Center Seminar (1)

Presents cutting-edge research on poverity, inequality, and public policy.

Soc WL 591: Grant Writing Seminar (3)

SPRING

SOC WL 556 - West Coast Poverty Center Seminar (1)

Presents cutting-edge research on poverity, inequality, and public policy.

SOC WL 557 - Dissertation and Career Seminar (1, max. 20)

Orients advanced PhD students to three main tasks: dissertation, job market, and entering teaching and research careers.

SOC WL 578 Seminar in Special Topics for Prevention Research (1, max. 30)

Interdisciplinary overview of major concepts in promotion of mental health and prevention of mental distress with prevention science as framework. Provides conceptual foundations for advanced study in specialized aspects of mental health prevention research. 

SOC WL 586 Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research II (3)

The second in a two-quarter sequence offering intensive experience in the theory and application of qualitative and ethnographic research methods. Prepares students for conducting qualitative studies and for combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on applications especially relevant to social welfare.

SOC WL 599 Theory Development for Social Research (3)

Assists students in applying theory in building an original conceptual model. Emphasizes critical and integrative thinking derived from a social justice framework. Encourages students to examine the ideological, political, methodological, and ethical principles shaping theories, models, and concepts in contemporary social science and social welfare research.