Research Opportunities

Capstone Research Projects

Students in the BA Program are required to develop a research project in SOCI 335 (Research Methods) and SOCI 333 (Data Analysis), with the assistance of the instructors of these courses and faculty/mentors in the department. The final research project is submitted in SOCI 480 (Sociological Seminar) which is the capstone course for the Department. Students are also required to create a presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, or Poster) of their research project. Students are encouraged to present their research to the department and the university community.

Department of Sociology Research Symposium

The Department of Sociology Research Symposium includes several presentations each academic year. The Symposium is designed to provide students with high quality and intellectually stimulating research-centered forums that evoke critical thinking and discussion. A question and answer session follows each presentation and is a central part of each program. Presenters are invited from other universities, FSU departments, and the Cumberland County community. Students who are engaged in research are also encouraged to participate by presenting their research.

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a summer research internship that pairs advanced undergraduate students with faculty. The goal of this program is to prepare undergraduate students from the low-income, first generation, or underrepresented population for graduate school by offering research experience, GRE prep, and academic workshops. Faculty in the Sociology Department who work with McNair students mentor them throughout the stages of their research project, from data collection and analysis to the presentation of research findings. This opportunity has prepared many of our majors for advanced graduate study.