The Quantitative Social Analysis UG major in the HKUST Division of Social Science prepares students for the rapidly growing number of positions in business, government, and the non-profit sector that involve the analysis of social data and interpretation and presentation of results. In all of these sectors, rising demand for employees with relevant skills is being driven by the rapid increases in the amount and complexity of social data being collected online and by surveys, or otherwise being made available.
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▌Features and Goals
The major provides an integrated training in social science theory and evidence, statistical methods, the analysis of social data, and the interpretation and presentation of results. The curriculum is described in detail in our page on program requirements.
The program is ideal for students with quantitative skills who want to apply them in the study of topics related to society, politics, or the economy. Our training focuses on methods that have been developed specifically for the quantitative analysis of social data. Students learn how to apply these methods to complex data sets in a way that accounts for the unique challenges associated with the analysis of social data, and reflects an understanding of existing social theory and evidence. They learn how to identify a research question, collect and manage complex social data, carry out analysis, and then develop, test, and refine hypotheses informed by social science theory.
Topical and methodological electives allows students to tailor their training to their interests and career plans. Students who plan to work after graduation have the flexibility to focus their methodological electives that offer hands-on experience applying cutting edge methods to the analysis of social data. Students who plan postgraduate graduate can focus on more theoretical courses, including advanced courses in the Math department and other campus units.
By double-majoring or minoring, many Quantitative Social Analysis students acquire additional specialized training in other areas that complements the training they receive in our program. Students are currently minoring in China Studies, Business, Big Data Technology, Environmental Science, and Psychological and Behavioral Science. Computer Science and Engineering also offers a minor in Information Technology. Some students are double-majoring in the BSc in Computer Science program offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The latter program is designed to facilitate double-majors.
Students have had internships with large and small companies, the government, and the non-profit sector.
▌Social Science at HKUST
The HKUST Division of Social Science is widely considered one of the strongest in Asia. It includes more than 30 faculty members in five areas: Economics; Sociology; Political Science; Psychology; and Geography. It is especially noted for its strength in quantitative research and training. HKUST also has a new and rapidly growing Division of Public Policy that has faculty who teach courses in the Division of Social Science.
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