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An increasing number of sociology departments recognize that a majority of their graduates pursue careers that are in applied, clinical, or public settings rather than academic or pure research. Accreditation is the tool these departments use to assure they provide high quality programs to meet the needs of their students.

classroomThe Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS) provides the standards against which quality programs in applied, clinical and public sociology and sociological practice are measured. Accreditation verifies that a program is well-grounded, providing students with a strong background in theory, methodology, and practical, hands-on experience. Students graduate from these programs able to articulate the skills they bring to employers.

The Commission's priorities are to:

  • accredit programs in applied, clinical and public Sociology and sociological practice in post-secondary sociology departments
  • advocate for Sociology in the areas of occupational licensing and certification
  • disseminate program models and resources to departments interested in developing applied and clinical programs

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The Commission welcomes new CAPACS Board members, Drs. James Lee (San Jose State University), Gina Finelli (Anne Arundel Community College), and Susan Rahman (College of Marin) to the CAPACS Board.

Read the Commission's Statement Welcoming International Programs

Preview articles on accreditation and Commissioners' other contributions to the literature on the CAPACS "Resources" web page

See Slides, Photos, and a Press Release for Some CAPACS Programs

The Commission invites you to contact us about CAPACS accreditation for your Program in Applied, Clinical, or Public Sociology, or Sociological Practice.

Next CAPACS Board Meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver Tech Center in Denver, CO, Teal Conference Room (Lobby Level), on February 6th and 7th 2016.