sociology practicum

SOC 494 Practicum Courses immerse students in real-world projects and internships with local community organizations, schools, federal agencies and businesses. Students leave each practicum with new connections in the community, developed skill-sets and a deepened understanding of sociological inquiry and study.

Each SOC 494 practicum is different, but all include a weekly seminar specifically designed to prepare students to do a sociology-related project for an organization in the greater Seattle area. The department carefully selects and builds partnerships with these organizations with the goal of involving our majors on projects that use and develop their major skill-sets. Projects are designed to address real issues facing participating partners and their communities and as a result, practicum project outcomes have a direct impact on the organizations and the communities they serve.

Students who take practicum courses benefit by developing an understanding of what they want to do when they graduate, as well as what they are capable of doing with their degree in sociology. The practicum experience not only prepares students for the career world by helping to develop the major skill-set, it also prepares students for doing research and study in graduate and professional schools.

Students in Practica courses have learned how to:

  • Connect their sociology coursework to the real world
  • Design and execute program studies/assessment
  • Interview study participants
  • Survey study participants
  • Design, coordinate, and conduct focus groups
  • Code data
  • Analyze data
  • Write professional reports based on Practica-designed studies and current research
  • Tutor
  • Teach
  • Incorporate current research into practical strategies
  • Navigate and mediate between different personalities and needs in businesses
  • Solve problems creatively
  • Bridge cultural differences
  • Network in a professional and intellectual community
  • Assess the effectiveness of their own professional ideas and actions
  • Work for social change and justice
  • Impact people in the community in positive ways
  • Expand their resume with skills learned above!

If you have further specific questions about Sociology Practicum, please contact the program at



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