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Minor Program in Quantitative Social Analysis
The minor in Quantitative Social Analysis explores social statistics and mathematics to describe, understand, and predict the behavior and experiences of individuals, groups, and organizations of groups. These statistical and mathematical methods focus on measurement, analysis, or both, using techniques and strategies that are widely useful, for example, in understanding thoughts and behaviors of individuals, as well as the cultures of societies, fluctuations of markets, actions of governments, spread of disease, dynamics of migration, causes of war, and the diffusion of knowledge. The minor in Quantitative Social Analysis develops strong statistical foundations for the purpose of learning how to draw valid inferences from quantifiable data and critically evaluate empirical evidence in the social and behavioral sciences.
A minor in Quantitative Social Analysis provides an excellent foundation for application to graduate study at all levels and in many disciplines, ranging from economics, psychology, political science, public policy, and sociology, as well as non–social science disciplines such as medical school, public health, education, social services, applied mathematics, and applied computer science. The minor in Quantitative Social Analysis aims to train students in ways that are more immediately attractive to employers in industry, government, the military, environmental studies, journalism, and public interest and advocacy groups, as well as to University of Chicago faculty seeking research assistance.
Students take five (5) courses that cover three levels: Basic Skills (one course), Advanced Skills (two courses), and Quantitative Applications (two courses). Or, if the student has already completed a Basic Skills course for the major, then three Advanced Skills courses and two Quantitative Applications courses.
- Students who are taking Basic Skills courses should primarily focus on developing theoretical understanding of statistics and building up quantitative skills (rather than simply utilizing quantitative skills as part of the course).
- Students who are taking Advanced Skills courses will further develop their statistical skills with broad usefulness in social scientific research.
- Students who are prepared with more advanced statistical training are then able to more deeply understand the Quantitative Applications in courses throughout the social sciences and engage in research appropriate to those courses in solo activity or as part of research teams.
In order to ensure that the minor in Quantitative Social Analysis represents the diversity of training across the social sciences, no more than three courses may be taken in any one department, and the Quantitative Applications courses must be drawn from at least two departments. In all cases, students should be aware that some approved courses have explicit prerequisites which may not count toward the Quantitative Social Analysis minor.
Summary of Requirements
|One Basic Skills course
|Two Advanced Skills courses
|Two Quantitative Applications courses
The following courses have been approved by the Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences as appropriate for the minor in Quantitative Social Analysis and are listed by the three levels stipulated above (Basic Skills, Advanced Skills, and Quantitative Applications).
One course; may not be satisfied with AP credit.
Students who have already taken SOSC 13100-13200-13300 Social Science Inquiry I-II-III or previously completed any of the Basic Skills courses as part of their majors may substitute an additional Advanced Skills course in place of the Basic Skills course.
|Applied Statistics in Human Development Research
|Statistical Methods in Economics
|Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis
|Computing for the Social Sciences
|Introduction to Biostatistics
|Quantitative Methods in Public Policy
|Introduction to Quantitative Social Science
|Psychological Research Methods
|Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
|Statistical Methods of Research
|Statistical Methods of Research
|Foundations for Statistical Theory
|Introductory Statistical Methods
|Statistical Methods and Applications
|Statistical Models and Methods
Two courses; or three courses if a Basic Skills course has already been completed for the student's major.
|Introduction to Causal Inference
|Mediation, Moderation, and Spillover Effects
|Introduction to Empirical Analysis
|Topics in Microeconometrics
|Big Data Tools in Economics
|Econometrics - Honors
|Data Construction and Interpretation in Economic Applications
|Computational Methods in Economics
|AI Applications in the Social Sciences
|Epidemiology and Population Health
|Applied Regression Analysis
|Analysis of Categorical Data
|Introduction to Clinical Trials
|Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis
|Machine Learning for Public Health
|International Trade, Banking and Capital Markets
|Methods of Data Collection: Social Experiments, Quasi-Experiments and Surveys
|Machine Learning and Policy
|Introduction to Linear Models
|Machine Learning - R Programming
|Applications of Hierarchical Linear Models
|Introduction to Spatial Data Science
|Statistical Methods of Research-II
|Overview of Quantitative Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
|Principles and Methods of Measurement
|Analysis of Categorical Data
|Statistical Theory and Methods I
|Statistical Theory and Methods II
|Applied Bayesian Modeling and Inference
|Economics of Education
|Inequality and the Social Safety Net: Theory, Empirics, and Policies
|Inequality: Origins, Dimensions, and Policy
|Introduction To Finance
|Financial Economics; Speculative Markets
|Global Energy & Climate Challenge: Economics, Science & Policy
|Energy and Energy Policy
|Economics and Regulation of Health Care Markets: Theory and Empirics
|The Economics of Organizations: An Experimental Perspective
|The Economics of Sports
|The Economics of Crime
|Topics on the Analysis of Randomized Experiments
|The Practicalities of Running Randomized Control Trials
|Environment, Agriculture, and Food: Economic and Policy Analysis
|Health Services Research Methods
|Education and Economic Development
|Political Economy of Development
|Strategic Behavior and Regulation of Firms
|Political Economy of Natural Resources
|The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
|Artificial Intelligence for Public Policy
|International Political Economy
|Introduction to Text as Data for Social Science
|GIS Applications in the Social Sciences
|Big Data in the Psychological Sciences
|Introduction to Population
|The Effects of Schooling
|Sociology of Health and Aging
Approved, eligible courses for the Education and Society minor will be listed each year on the Quantitative Social Analysis minor website.
Advising and Grading
Courses in the minor may not be double counted with the student’s major(s), other minors, or general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.
College students majoring in any field may complete the minor in Quantitative Social Analysis. Students who elect the minor program in Quantitative Social Analysis must contact the program administrator before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor. The program administrator must submit approval on the Consent to Complete a Minor Program form provided by the College for the minor to the student's College adviser by the Spring Quarter of the student's third year.
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Undergraduate Primary Contact
Senior Instructional Professor, Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences
1155 E. 60th St., Room 223