Culminating project of the doctoral program. Successful completion of the candidacy exam is required before work on the dissertation may begin. The results of the research must make a distinct interdisciplinary contribution to applied scholarship in the social sciences. The dissertation should demonstrate a high degree of original work and understanding and knowledge of the topic area. Evidence of originality may be demonstrated by a combination of the following: the development of a new critical analysis of a practical issue or challenge; the development of a new theory from practice; the novel application of existing theory to a practical challenge; or the discovery of a new professional approach to practice. Pre-requisites: SOSC 700, SOSC 710, SOSC717, SOSC 720, SOSC 730, SOSC 740 and successful completion of the candidacy exam.