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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Social Data Analytics

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (SODA)

Professor Lee Ann Banaszak, Head, Department of Political Science

Social Data Analytics is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students to participate in both a research environment where “big data” is a major source of insight into social and political processes, and an economy increasingly organized around data analytics. Students completing the major will have the technical skills to handle, analyze, apply and present big data, and the disciplinary knowledge to draw valid inferences from such information to address real world problems. The program integrates coursework in the social sciences with courses in statistics, mathematics, information science and computer science to develop the unique skill set necessary to conceptualize data sources in relation to the social conditions from which they arise; to think critically about big data in relation to specific problems; and to derive and test hypotheses through application of data tools and techniques. Students will gain valuable practical experience working with data through a capstone experience and participation in faculty research.

This major is intended to produce graduates who are big picture thinkers with the knowledge to formulate good questions and leverage vast stores of unstructured data in answering them. Students will be prepared for careers in government, business, healthcare, and industry. The major also provides a strong foundation for advanced study in social science, law, business and public policy.

Admission to the major requires a grade of C or better in MATH 110 or 140, MATH 111 or 141, and CMPSC 122, and a grade of B or better in PL SC 309. These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

For the B.S. degree in Social Data Analytics, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 90-92 credits [1]
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GS courses, and 3 credits of GH courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (54 credits)
PLSC 1 GS(3), PLSC 10 GS(3), CMPSC 121 GQ(3), CMPSC 122(3), IST 210(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PLSC 309(3), SODA 308(3), MATH 220 GQ(3), CMPSC 221(3), CMPSC 360(3), STAT 318(3), DS 220(3) (Sem: 3-4)
DS 310(3), DS 330(3), STAT 380(3) (Sem: 4-6)
DS 300(3), SODA 496(6) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (36-38 credits)
Select 4 credits from MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 2-4 credits from MATH 111 GQ(2) or MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits from PLSC 3 GS;IL(3), PLSC 7 GS(3), PLSC 14 GS;IL(3), PLSC 17 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 107 GH(3), STS 101 GH(3), PHIL 106 GH(3), PHIL 233 GH(3), PHIL 406(3), PHIL 407(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 15 credits of PLSC courses; at least 12 credits must be at the 400 level and at least 9 credits must be data intensive courses from a department list, including but not limited to PLSC 404(3), PLSC 429(3), PLSC 447(3), PLSC 476(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits from CMPSC 431(3), CMPSC 448(3), CMPSC 465(3), DS 320(3), DS 402(3), DS 410(3), STAT 319(3), STAT 440(3), STAT 464(3) and Analytics courses from a department list.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-112

Review Date: 8/23/2016

 

 

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