Graduate Certificate in Sociology

The Graduate Certificate in Sociology is designed for post-baccalaureate students interested in attaining the necessary expertise to teach sociology at the high school and community college levels.  The program will provide current teachers with the skills and knowledge to teach courses in the area of sociology.

      Upon completion of the certificate program, students will have:

  • Expertise in core sociological theories, concepts, and methods;
  • Expertise in multiple topical areas in sociology;
  • Knowledge of sociology pedagogy;
  • Competency to teach sociology courses at the community college and high school levels.

The program is intended to serve:

  • Community college teachers
  • High school teachers 

To be considered for admission, students will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official Undergraduate Transcripts
  4. Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of 3.0
  5. A Letter of Interest
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation

Note: Students admitted into the Graduate Certificate Program are eligible to transfer into the Master of Arts in Sociology program if they meet the program requirements.    

Inquiries can be directed to:

J. Bart Stykes 
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology
Sam Houston State University 
jstykes@shsu.edu
936-294-4122

The Graduate Certificate in Sociology is an 18-hour certificate.  It entails three required courses and three elective courses.  The certificate is designed to be taken fully online.  Full-time students will be able to complete the program in a year. Students admitted into the Graduate Certificate Program are eligible to transfer into the Master of Arts in Sociology program if they meet the program requirements.    

Graduate Certificate in Sociology
Required Courses
SOCI 5310Seminar In Sociological Theory3
SOCI 5312Smnr Sociological Research3
SOCI 5355Seminar in Social Inequality3
Electives
Choose three of the following9
Sociolgy of Entrepreneurship
Sociology of Community
Seminar In Medical Sociology
Seminar in Social Change & Dev
Seminar in Food and Society
Sociology of The Family
Sociology of Religion
Gender and Society
Sociology of Disasters
Seminar-Environmentl Sociology
Seminar In Race And Ethnic Stu
The Sociology of Aging
Total Hours18