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Social Science Research Methods

College of Arts and Sciences

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Ph.D. Minor in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM)


The multidisciplinary, cross-school SSRM minor draws on faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and other IUB units to provide students the opportunity to pursue a broad-based and comprehensive training program in social science research methods. The minor is open to Ph.D. students at Indiana University (IUB and IUPUI campuses). The program emphasizes advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods for the analysis of social science data. Course offerings span diverse perspectives on data collection and analysis strategies. The course of study must include at least one course outside of the major field, and all coursework for the minor is in addition to any courses required for the major field. As a result, the minor in Social Science Research Methods is especially useful to those interested in moving beyond the required methodological coursework of their disciplinary specialization to acquire a multifaceted view of approaches to social science phenomena.

Course Requirements

Four courses for a minimum of twelve (12) hours of credit in courses approved for the Social Science Research Methods program, including at least one course outside the major field of study. A minimum of one course must be from area A (Methods of Qualitative Data Analysis) and a minimum of one course must come from area B (Methods of Quantitative Data Analysis). No more than six (6) credits can be transferred in from another institution. Courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the major field of study cannot also be counted towards the minor in Social Science Research Methods. Students must officially declare the minor during the early phase on their Ph.D. studies by consulting with the major advisor and the director of the minor. Courses outside the currently approved list may be considered for the minor in consultation with the director. The director of the minor retains formal authority for approving each minor student's course plan.


A minimum grade of B (3.0) is required in all courses that count towards the minor.


Group A (Qualitative Research Methods)  

Foundational Courses in Qualitative Research Methods (Group A)

Note: no more than one foundational course from Group A can count towards the minor

African-American and African Diaspora Studies:

AAAD-A 709 Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods in AAADS (4 cr.) 


ANTH-E 508  Ethnographic Method in Performance (3 cr.)

Criminal Justice:

CJUS-P 680  Seminar: Issues in Criminal Justice (3 cr.)  Topic: Qualitative Methods


EDUC-Y 611 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3 cr.)


GEOG-G 576  Qualitative Methods in Geography (3 cr.) 

Media School:

MSCH-J 651   Qualitative Research Methods (3 cr.) 

Media School:

MSCH-J 651   Qualitative Research Methods (3 cr.) 

Political Science: 

POLS-Y 579 Qualitative Methods in Political Research (3 cr.)

Public and Environmental Affairs: 

SPEA-V 710  Topics in Public Policy (3 cr.)  Topic: Qualitative Research Methods

Public Health: 

SPH-F 650   Seminar: Human Development & Family Studies (3 cr.)  Topic: Interpretive Qualitative Research Methods

SPH-X 580   Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry in Public Health Research (3 cr.)

Topical and Advanced Qualitative Methods (Group A)


ANTH- A 525 Community-Based Participatory Research I

ANTH-A 526 Community-Based Participatory Research II

ANTH-E 600 Seminar in Cultural and Social Anthropology (3 cr.) Topic: Ethnographic Video Methods

ANTH-E 606  Ethnographic Methods (3 cr.)

ANTH-E 661  Seminar in Ethnomusicology I (3 cr.)

ANTH-L 600  Seminar in Ethnography of Communication (3 cr.)  Topic: Discourse Analysis


EDUC-Y 612 Critical Qualitative Inquiry I (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 613 Critical Qualitative Inquiry II (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 615 Introduction to Discourse Theory and Analysis (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 624 Discursive Psychology Approaches to Discourse Analysis (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 630 Narrative Theory and Inquiry (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 631 Discourse Theory and Analysis (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 650 Topical Seminar in Educational Inquiry (3 cr.) Topics: Mixed Methodology; Digital Tools for Qualitative Inquiry; Life Story Methodology

EDUC-P 674  Advanced Topical Seminar in Learning Sciences (3 cr.)  Topic: Issues and Applications in Qualitative Coding

EDUC-Y 750 Seminar in Inquiry Methodology (3 cr.)  Topics: Advanced Ethnographic Methods; Advanced Qualitative Research; The Meaning of Mixed Methods

Folklore and Ethnomusicology:

FOLK-F 528   Advanced Fieldwork (3 cr.)


GEOG-G 538 Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)

GEOG-G 539 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)

Information and Library Science:

ILS-Z 641  Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis (3 cr.)

ILS-Z 642  Content Analysis for the Web (3 cr.)    


MSCH-T 510  Research Methods in Message Analysis (3 cr.)

Second Language Studies:

SLST-S 640    Discourse Analysis (3 cr.)


SOC-S 652 Topics in Qualitative Methods (3 cr.)  Topics: Archival Methods; Ethnography; In-Depth Interviewing

Group B (Quantitative Research Methods)

Foundational Courses in Quantitative Research Methods (Group B)

Note: no more than one foundational course from Group B can count towards the minor, and no Group B foundational course will count towards the minor if the doctoral major includes two graduate courses in statistics or quantitative data analysis.


ANTH-A 506  Anthropological Statistics (3 cr.)


BUS-G 651  Econometric Methods in Business I


ECON-E 571 Econometrics I - Statistical Foundations (3 cr.)

ECON-E 572 Econometrics II – Regression and Time Series (3 cr.)

ECON-E 504  Econometrics I (4 cr.)


EDUC-Y 603  Statistical Design in Education Research (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 604  Multivariate Analysis in Education Research (3 cr.)


GEOG-G 577  Topics in Climatology (3 cr.)    Topic: Computing in Geospatial Sciences

GEOG–G 588 Applied Spatial Statistics (3 cr.)


MSCH-J 502 Data Analysis for Journalists (3 cr.)

MSCH-J 600 Quantitative Research Methods (3cr.)

MSCH-T 602 Topical Seminar in Telecommunications Processes and Effects (3 cr.)   Topic: Introduction to Statistics in Media Research

Political Science:

POLS-Y 575 Political Data Analysis I (3 cr.)

POLS-Y 576  Political Data Analysis II (3 cr.)

Psychological and Brain Sciences:

PSY-P 553   Advanced Statistics in Psychology I (3 cr.)

PSY-P 554   Advanced Statistics in Psychology II (3 cr.)

Public and Environmental Affairs

SPEA-V 706   Statistics for Research in Public Affairs I (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 707   Statistics for Research in Public Affairs II (3 cr.)

Public Health:

SPH-Q 602  Multivariate Statistical Analysis (3 cr.)

SPH-Q 603  Categorical Data Analysis (3 cr.)


SOC-S 554  Stat Techniques in Sociology I (3 cr.)

SOC-S 650  Stat Techniques in Sociology II (3 cr.)


STAT-S 501  Statistical Methods I (3 cr.)       

STAT-S 503  Statistical Methods II (3 cr.)      

STAT-S 520   Introduction to Statistics (3 cr.)

Topical and Advanced Quantitative Methods (Group B)


BUS-G 652  Econometric Methods in Business II

BUS-G 750  Economic Modeling

Cognitive Science:

COGS-Q 560   Experimental Methods in Cognitive Science (3 cr.)

Computer Science:

CSCI-B 555   Machine Learning (3 cr.)

CSCI-B 565   Data Mining (3 cr.)

CSCI-P 556   Applied Machine Learning (3 cr.)


ECON-E 626 Game Theory (3 cr.)

ECON-E 627 Experimental Economics (3 cr.)

ECON-E 671 Econometrics 3 – Nonlinear and Simultaneous Models (3 cr.)

ECON-E 672 Macroeconometrics (3 cr.)

ECON-E 673 Microeconometrics (3 cr.)

ECON-E 724 Seminar in Economic Theory (3-6 cr.)  Topic: Bayesian Methods; Experimental Economics; Finance Econometrics; Network Formation Games; Time Series Topics


EDUC-Y 525  Survey Research Methodology (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 535  Evaluation Models & Techniques (3 cr.) 

EDUC-Y 617  Psychometric Theory (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 637  Categorical Data Analysis (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 639  Multilevel Modeling (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 645  Covariance Structure Analysis (3 cr.)

EDUC-Y 655  Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 cr.)


GEOG–G 504 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography (3 cr.)

GEOG-G 513  Advanced Economic Geography (3 cr.)

GEOG-G 589   Advanced Geospatial Data Analysis (3 cr.)

Information and Library Science:

ILS-Z 639   Social Media Mining (3 cr.)

Political Science:

POLS-Y 577  Advanced Topics in Political Data Analysis (3 cr.)  Topic: Contextual Political Analysis; Dynamic Analysis; Time Series Analysis; Experimental Research Design and Methods; Maximum Likelihood Estimation.

Psychological and Brain Sciences:

PSY-P 533   Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis I (3 cr.)

PSY-P 534   Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis II (3 cr.)

PSY-P 536   Theory of Tests and Measurements (3 cr.)

PSY-P 557 Representation of Structure in Psychological Data (3 cr.)

PSY-P 648  Choice Behavior (3 cr.)

PSY-P 654  Multivariate Analysis (3 cr.)

PSY-P 657  Topical Seminar (3 cr.)  Topic: Time Series; Categorical Data Analysis

Public and Environmental Affairs:

SPEA-P 562    Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)

SPEA-V 710   Topics in Public Policy (3 cr.)   Topic: Survey Research

Public Health:

SPH-Q 601  Experimental Analysis & Design (3 cr.)

SPH-Q 605   Statistical Analysis of Multi-Level and Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 cr.)

SPH-Q 612  Survival Analysis (3 cr.)

SPH-Q 650   Special Topics in Biostatistics (3 cr.)   Topic: Semiparametric Regression with R


SOC-G 591 Methods of Population Analysis (3 cr.)

SOC-S 655 Experimental Methods in Sociology (3 cr.)

SOC-S 651 Topics in Quantitative Sociology (3 cr.)  Topics: Causal Inference; Multilevel Models; Longitudinal and Panel Data Analysis; Multivariate Data Analysis; Social Network Analysis; Survey Research Methods


STAT-S 625  Nonparametric Theory in Data Analysis (3 cr.)

STAT-S 631   Applied Linear Models I (3 cr.)

STAT-S 632  Applied Linear Models II (3 cr.)

STAT-S 637  Categorical Data Analysis (3 cr.)

STAT-S 639   Multilevel Models (3 cr.)

STAT-S 640  Multivariate Data Analysis (3 cr.)

STAT-S 645  Covariance Structure Analysis (3 cr.)

STAT-S 650  Time Series Analysis (3 cr.)

STAT-S 655   Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 cr.)

STAT-S 660   Sampling (3 cr.)

STAT-S 670  Exploratory Data Analysis (3 cr.)

STAT-S 676   Statistical Learning: Model Selection (3 cr.)

STAT-S 681  Topics in Applied Statistics (3 cr.)  Topics:  Spatial Statistics; Network Analysis; Statistical Methods for Causal Inference; Multivariate Methods II; Model Comparison and Selection

STAT-S 682  Topics in Mathematical Statistics (3 cr.)  Topic: Statistical Model Selection

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