The Community Analytics track equips students to apply modern quantitative and qualitative research techniques to issues facing clients or communities. Rigorous methodological training is paired with theoretical training in community sociology. Students learn research skills in mail, telephone, and web-based survey methodology, needs assessment, interviewing and focus group research skills, demographic modeling, geographic information systems (GIS), and the ability to use major statistical techniques and programs to produce trustworthy results.
The Health and Society track focuses on understanding how social forces and structures are linked to human well-being. As a transdisciplinary area of study, Health and Society infuses sociological theories and principles with allied work in public health, epidemiology, and gerontology. Social mechanisms are emphasized to illuminate the roles of biology, genetics, and stress in evolving levels of mental and physical well-being across the life course. Students learn to use advanced quantitative methods to address key population health issues.
The Department of Sociology at Baylor University is recognized for its distinction in training sociologists of religion. The Sociology of Religion track teaches students to use social science theories and methods to understand religion as a social phenomenon. Curriculum in the Sociology of Religion track brings together seminars of substantive interest, advanced methodological training, and independent research. Students investigate religious beliefs, behaviors, affiliation, identity, and the intersection of religion with other social institutions.