The Program in Quantitative Social Science seeks to teach students sophisticated techniques for answering empirical questions about the world. As described below, QSS offers both a minor and a major. Both of these degree programs are grounded in computing and quantitative methods, and QSS faculty teach students how to leverage these techniques in the pursuit of data analysis in the social sciences.
The minor in QSS complements coursework in one of the many Arts & Sciences departments and programs on campus, for example, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, Government, or Sociology. Students who want to develop strong computational and statistical skills and who are majoring in one of the aforementioned Departments or in one of Dartmouth’s many programs might want to consider minoring in QSS. The QSS minor requires a foundation in mathematics, modeling, programming, and statistics, and it builds on this foundation with applied coursework and a culminating experience that involves a small research project.
The QSS major is for students who want to pursue quantitative techniques in the social science and do not want to major in a traditional department or program. Students who major in QSS design a coherent program of study that includes methodological coursework and coursework in a substantive area.