Applied Social Sciences (Certificate)

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The certificate program in applied social sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences' School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the West campus prepares students to apply social science tools to real-world problems.

The certificate program in applied social sciences prepares students to apply social science tools to real-world problems. Students collaborate to develop case studies, engage in fieldwork, and learn both how to apply expert knowledge and how to communicate evidence. Working with stakeholders, students identify and solve problems, reform managerial structures and organizational systems, and drive social change.

The certificate program is recommended for students with academic or career interests in human resources, administration, journalism, social work, business, community and civic work as well as politics, organizing and advocacy, public policy, education and sustainability.

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Applied Social Sciences (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in applied social sciences requires a minimum of 15 credit hours (at least 12 must be upper-division), consisting of six core credit hours and nine credit hours of electives. Only courses in which a student receives a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher may be used to meet the certificate requirements.
Six credit hours must be completed through the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. A maximum of three credit hours of individualized instruction or internship may be applied toward the certificate. A maximum of six credit hours may be shared between the certificate and a New College major.
Electives are not limited to the certificate elective list; students should see their academic advisor prior to enrollment. Students are encouraged to take courses that develop breadth rather than limiting their selection to courses in one particular discipline.
Required Core Courses -- 6 credit hours
Elective Courses (minimum 6 upper-division) -- 9 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

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