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The Commission on the Accreditation of
Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology


About the Commission

Mission

The Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS) seeks to develop, promote, and support quality sociological education and practice through the accreditation of bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in applied sociology, clinical sociology, engaged public sociology, and sociological practice. It establishes standards for such programs, accredits programs that demonstrate that they meet these standards, and monitors accredited programs to ensure that they continue to meet the standards.

History

The Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS) was established in 1995 as a joint initiative of the Society for Applied Sociology (SAS) and the Sociological Practice Association (SPA). Its purpose is to develop, promote, and support quality sociological education and practice through the accreditation of programs in applied sociology, clinical sociology, engaged public sociology, and sociological practice. In addition, students must have a meaningful practice experience, such as an internship. Formerly known as the Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology (CACS), the organization changed its name in 2010 to more accurately convey its focus and work.