Research and Analytical Skills
All students receive training in research methodology, statistics, quantitative and qualitative research. In particular, SPPS majors receive graphic information system (GIS) training that allows students to view, understand, and visualize data in ways that highlight relationships, patterns, and common trends. In addition, an entire year of conducting a research project and implementing research methods at a non-profit will enhance students’ writing, conceptualization, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Majors are be required to complete 200 hours of ethnographic work in the field and 100 internship hours. The partnership with non-profits and government organizations enhance SPPS students' practical (e.g., communication, decision making, management) and leadership skills. Networking is also facilitated and professional development is evaluated.
NGO and Governance Placements
Majors are required to complete 200 hours of ethnographic work and 100 internship hours at local agencies. The nonprofit and government agencies offer a unique social learning experience providing majors with a strong understanding of current social issues and needs. The experiences help SPPS majors understand their fit in the field while positioning them to identify areas in the field for future contribution. Instruction for improving current social services is offered and program evaluation skills are gained.
SPPS provides majors with direct access to underrepresented and underserved communities. The direct contact with marginalized communities helps students gain insight on the social status and needs of multiple communities and groups. The major offers cultural training to assist students' development of cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills.