- Complete one required 3-credit courses and three appropriate elective 3-credit courses for a total of 12 hours of course work. All students in the certificate program must complete the course “Social Network Analysis (SOC 580)”, which deals with the theory and methods of social network analysis (3 hours). Students must also complete three additional approved courses that draw heavily on topics related to social network analysis (9 hours). These courses will need to be approved annually by the SNAACS certificate committee based on a review of several materials. To obtain approval, the student should submit a written request that includes:
- the course’s syllabus
- a brief description of the way social networks are incorporated into the course
- contact information for the instructor; ideally, these requests should be submitted two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the course will be taught, but retroactive requests will be considered at the discretion of the Head of the SNAACS certificate committee.
- Include social network analysis as one of the major or minor areas or subareas on the student’s comprehensive examination.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply the theories and/or methods of social network analysis in a research setting. This can be done in one or more of the following ways:
- Drawing heavily on the theories and/or methods of social network analysis in a substantial component of the dissertation. Note that the dissertation does not have to be primarily focused on social network analysis, but at least one component, such as a chapter, should make extensive use of networks related topics or methods. For instance, research on social support, social capital, peer influence, or family dynamics would all qualify, in addition to work that conducts formal network analyses. Approval of this component will be made by the Head of the SNAACS Certificate Committee, in consultation with the broader SNAACS committee, the student’s Dissertation Chair, and the Directors of Graduate Studies in Sociology and Criminology
- Submitting a sole- or co-authored manuscript to a recognized academic outlet such as a peer-reviewed journal or an edited volume that relies extensively on or develops social network analysis methods or theories. If a co-authored manuscript is submitted, it is expected that the student’s contribution was substantial (e.g., typically, a first author for articles submitted to sociology journals, or an equal responsibility author); a short memo with a description of the student’s role in the manuscript’s drafting should be submitted along with co-authored manuscripts. To fulfill this requirement, the submitted manuscript and any accompanying materials must be evaluated and approved by the Head of the SNAACS Certificate Committee, in consultation with the broader SNAACS committee.
- Completing an internship that relies heavily on the theories and/or methods of social network analysis at a research agency or company with an emphasis on social network analysis. To fulfill this requirement, the student must meet with the head of the SNAACS certificate committee and discuss the internship’s duration and focus. Approval will rest with the Head of the SNAACS committee, in consultation the broader SNAACS committee and the Directors of Graduate Studies in Sociology and Criminology.
A list of courses with content that may be relevant is listed below.
Courses whose content may be eligible for fulfilling certificate requirements
Courses listed below may be eligible to meet the certificate’s course requirements described above (item one). In each year, a student may petition the SNAACS committee to include one of the following courses, or others, as fulfilling these requirements. As the topical emphasis in each course shifts from year to year, approval will be based on the year’s syllabus and potentially a discussion with the faculty member teaching the course. In general, courses that include substantial coverage of the theories and methods of social network analysis and an instructor who feels that this material is important to the course will be approved. Additional courses will also be considered, and new ones will be added as we find out about them and they become available. Courses other than those listed below will also be considered with a written request for approval from the Departmental SNAACS committee. The procedures described above will also be applied to these approval requests.
In the Department of Sociology and Criminology
Networks and Crime
Crime and Health
Demography of the Life Course
Internal and International Migration
Immigration, Assimilation, and Inequality
Sociology of the Family
Family Disorganization: Stress Points in the Contemporary Family
Biosocial Perspectives on the Family
Applied Mathematical Demography
Attitude Formation and Change
In Other Departments
Pairs & Pairings: Quantitative Methods for Interdependent Data
Social Network Data Analytics
Graphs, Algorithms, and Neural Networks
Strategic Innovation in Corporate Networks
Graph Theory and Networks in Management
Network and Predictive Analytics for Socio-Technical Systems
Visualization and Advanced Analysis of Social Networks
Seminar in Organizational Social Networks
Elements of Network Science and Its Applications
Social Network Analysis for Political Science
Epidemiologic Research Methods