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The program includes required courses that offer foundational training in quantitative methods and social science paradigms, electives that offer opportunities for advanced methodological training and deeper engagement of topics in social science, and a capstone project in which students will apply the skills they have learned to carry out an analysis on a topic of their choice. For their social science topics courses, students choose from a menu of courses in sociology, political science, economics, and other disciplines offered by faculty in the Division of Social Science. For their methodological training, students choose from a menu of courses offered by Social Science, Math, and other units.

The program is designed so that students acquire basic training in their first two years, develop experience carrying out analysis independently in their second and especially third year by taking laboratory courses in conjunction with their electives, and then demonstrate their ability to design and execute a project of their own in their capstone project, and communicate the results.

Program Required Courses (70-73 Credits)
  • 19 credits from Social Science courses, which includes research methods, applied quantitative methods, and more.
  • 15-18 credits of Mathematics courses, depending on placement. These include calculus, applied statistics, and probability.
  • 24 credits from elective courses of which at least
    • 12 credits are from the topical menu, which consists of courses in Social Science that introduce theories, paradigms, and key debates and controversies in social science, and;
    • 12 credits are from the methodological menu, which consists of courses in Mathematics, Social Science, and other units that focus on statistical methods and applied social research methodology.
  • 6 units in programming courses from Computer Science.
  • 6 units in Language courses.
  • See this detailed list of program courses for specifics.
  • See also this detailed list of QSA-specific courses.
Common Core Courses (36 Credits)
  • Students taking the BSc in Quantitative Social Analysis as their first major are exempted from the school requirements. But, they are still required to meet the University requirements in addition to the major requirements for graduation.
  • Some courses used to fulfill major requirements can also meet the University requirements on common core courses. Students may reuse a maximum of 6 credits of these courses to count towards common core courses.
  • To graduate from the University, students should complete at least 120 credits. Students may have to take courses beyond the ones summarized above to meet the requirement. We will do our best to accommodate students who seek to use these additional courses to complete a minor, or, a double major.