The Certificate in Quantitative Social Data Analysis is designed to meet the growing need of employers for a workforce that is fluent in data-driven decision-making. Students in the certificate program are exposed to a breadth of data analysis topics, including research methods, Geographical Information System (GIS), multiple regression, and advanced electives on a variety of quantitative topics in various social science fields, as well as software packages that are in common use in the business world. The program is interdisciplinary - it draws on courses from 9 social science-related departments (Africology, Anthropology, Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology) and is intended to complement students’ social science major with concrete quantitative skills in data analysis.
Students will take courses in statistics, regression, GIS, and research methods and will frequently be able to choose a course specific to their major. For example, a sociology major can choose "Research Methods in Sociology" to satisfy the research methods course requirement while a psychology student may choose "Research Methods in Psychology." These options allow students to focus their certificate training in their own field
The certificate is open to current UWM undergraduates, UWM bachelor’s degree holders, or graduates of other accredited four-year colleges; to be admitted to the certificate program, students must have a current overall GPA of 3.0 at UWM or their bachelor’s degree institution. Students completing the certificate not in conjunction with a degree are not eligible for financial aid.
To obtain the certificate, the student must obtain a grade of at least C in any course used to satisfy the certificate requirements, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 over all courses used for the certificate. Twelve of the 15-18 required credits must be earned in residence at UWM. 9 of the credits must be on the 300-level or above. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
Students currently enrolled at UWM who have fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to the program’s approval may have their credits applied retroactively to the certificate program.
Students are required to take one course each from 5 areas:
- Introductory statistics (3-4 credits);
- Research methods (3-4 credits);
- GIS (3 credits);
- Multiple regression (3 credits); and
- Electives (3-4 credits).
|Introduction to Statistics in African and African Diaspora Studies|
|Quantitative Analysis in Geography|
|The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data|
|Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology|
|Research Methods in African & African Diaspora Studies|
|Quantitative Research in Communication|
|Introduction to Political Science Research|
|Research Methods in Psychology|
|Research Methods in Sociology|
|Methods of Social Welfare Research|
|Anthropological Applications of GIS|
|Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mapping; ArcGIS|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Science|
|Introduction to Anthropological Statistics|
|Research Methods for Economics|
|Statistics for Economists|
|Introduction to Econometrics|
|Political Data Analysis|
|Social Data Analysis Using Regression|
|Choose one: 1|
|Economic Forecasting Methods|
|Geographic Information Science|
|Advanced Psychological Statistics|
Other courses not on this list but relevant to quantitative social data analysis may be accepted with the approval of the Certificate Program Coordinator. A student making such a request must submit syllabi from the courses involved to the coordinator.
Awarding the Certificate
Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree will receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.