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Minor in Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology

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Requirements for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology Minor

The minor in social and behavioral sciences methodology gives undergraduate students a broadened and coordinated platform for advanced training in research methodology and practical research experience. Students minoring in SBSM have an opportunity to receive advanced training in quantitative and qualitative methods as applied in the behavioral and social sciences. This minor allows students to develop graduate-level expertise in applied statistical methods. Students who graduate with this minor acquire skills that significantly enhance their career opportunities in areas related to their primary major (e.g., sociology, political science, psychology, a foreign language).

Prerequisites for the Minor

Because of the structure of the requirements, students should begin the minor at the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is recommended for admission, but this is not required.

Students must have completed a course in elementary statistics before beginning the SBSM minor (e.g., COMS 356; MATH 365, MATH 526; POLS 306; PSYC 210; PUAD 332; SOC 510). Any equivalent course may be approved with the consent of the program director, Todd D. Little, yhat@ku.edu.

Requirements for the Minor

Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of course work and research experience (minimum 3 hours of directed reading/independent study and/or research practicum).

  1. A comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of statistical analysis: PSYC 650 or equivalent.
  2. A minimum of 3 hours of guided research units within the context of a faculty mentor’s research program.
  3. At least 1 additional 600-level course on a more specialized methodological topic (3 credit hours, minimum). The specific course(s) to be taken are determined based on the student’s research needs (point 2 above) and overall career objectives.

Only 1 course taken to fulfill the requirements of the minor may be used to fulfill requirements of the student’s major.

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