SOCI 485 : Research Applications

The Department of Sociology offers students who demonstrate established records of strong academic achievement and who are majors within the department the unique opportunity of engaging in an individual research project through our Research Applications course (SOCI 485).  At the end of this research experience, students will have produced an evidence-based scholarly work that will typically include the following components:  1) a statement of the importance of the topic and an overall theoretical/conceptual framework to address that topic, 2) specific central research question(s), 3) a review of literature on what is known and what remains to be discovered about the research questions, 4) a discussion of data, methods, or other evidence sources, 5) an analysis, and 6) conclusions. As this is a research and writing intensive course, it is capped in size. This means that a smaller number of students can be enrolled in this course than in typical courses. As such, there is a process for enrolling in the course distinct from the typical course wherein a student can self-enroll.



To be eligible for Research Applications, students must have completed at least 60 units, including Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101) and Research Methods (SOCI 302) prior to the semester in which they are enrolled in SOCI 485. (You must complete both SOCI 101 and SOCI 302 with at least a “C.”) Additionally, it is strongly preferred that students have either completed or be enrolled in Writing for Sociology Students (SOCI 308).  Lastly, you must have a Sociology GPA of at least 3.0. (Note: Exceptions can be made to the GPA regulation. Individuals close to this requirement who are interested in the course should contact the instructor.)


Frequently Asked Questions

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If you meet the above listed requirements, please follow the below steps to enroll in the course.


Step 1: Contact the Department of Sociology at

In your email to the department, please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Campus-Wide Identification Number (CWID)
  • Phone Number
  • Current Sociology GPA (Found on your Titan Degree Audit)
  • Total completed units
  • Completed units of sociology courses
  • Semesters during which you completed SOCI 101 and SOCI 302
  • Semester during which you completed/are enrolled in SOCI 308
  • General description of your proposed topic of interest (or, if you’ve thought about it/them already, specific research question(s))
    • NOTE: This must apply the methodological approach and be related, at least broadly, to the subtopic designated for the semester in which you plan to enroll.

Step 2: Issuance of department course permit

If you meet all of the course requirements and there is room remaining in the course for the semester you plan to enroll, the department will provide you a permit to register for Research Applications. This permit will be emailed to you.


Step 3: Professor will contact you