Methods Credits

Students must take 25 credits of upper division methods courses. Methods courses are broadly defined in CEP as classes that provide “ways of knowing, ways of thinking, or ways of doing”. Methods courses are meant to augment the core CEP courses while also supporting your personal learning goals. Appropriate methods courses include:

  • Qualitative methods (interviews, observations)
  • Quantitative methods (surveys, statistics)
  • Research design methods
  • Design, visual analysis, and communication
  • Symbolic or discursive interpretation or analysis
  • Critical theory
  • Computer applications and modeling (including GIS)
  • Group dynamics
  • Facilitation and leadership
  • Ethics and philosophy
  • Theory and methods of organizational change
  • Processes of communication
  • Specialized writing

    You are welcomed and encouraged to create methods of your own. You should select your methods based on your stated educational goals. For example, if you are interested in community organizing, then your methods courses might focus on organizational theory and small group practices, design as a communications tool, and qualitative methods of data gathering and analysis. If you are more interested in restoration ecology, then your methods might include statistics, plant identification, and soil analysis. It all depends on what your learning goals are. Read more about how your methods credits fit into the larger picture by viewing the ISP Guidelines below.