Metropolitan State University

SSCI 451 : Empirical Research Capstone

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: SSCI 300 Seeing Like a Social Scientist AND
SSCI 311 Research Methods in Social Science AND
SSCI 501 Great Ideas: Classics of Social Science AND
WRIT 231 Writing II  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
Social scientists investigate the patterns of human interactions and then seek to interpret, explain and communicate human behavior. This seminar is designed to provide a final, integrating experience for students with a social science major. Seminar participants complete a senior project that demonstrates an ability to design a study, collect new or existing data, analyze those findings and communicate the results.
B. Course Effective Dates: 05/05/2015 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Ability to design a study, to collect new or existing data, to analyze the findings, and to communicate the results of the inquiry at an upper division college level.
  2. Ability to write analytically in a style that is well informed, well reasoned, and literate at an upper division college level.
  3. Demonstrates oral communication skills by informed and well-reasoned arguments.
  4. Masters the higher order thinking skills necessary to analyze and interpret social science literature at an upper division college level.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information