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Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

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Recap of VIZ’D: A Data Visualization Competition

The Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) Department at the University of Michigan held VIZ’D–a data visualization competition for QMSS students to showcase their visualization skills using Excel and Tableau.

15 Minutes with Lauren Lewallen, QMSS GSI

Lauren Lewallen is a GSI in QMSS 201: Intro to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences in Winter 2022.

What is Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences?


Do credit card algorithms have gender bias? What can satellite images tell us about election results? Do “night owls” process information differently?
 
Big data offers exciting opportunities to explore these types of questions, but an understanding of social science is critical to translate numbers into actionable insights. Quantitative Methods in the  Social Science (QMSS) combines data science with social science to prepare students to solve problems, shape policies, and explain a complex world. This new minor covers a variety of disciplines within the social sciences, pursuing different questions and applying a range of methods.
 
Interested undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue a QMSS minor regardless of math proficiency. While the courses are rigorous, faculty are prepared to meet you where you are. Training, tutoring, and resources are available to get you up to speed. Also, keep in mind that the quant work is only part of QMSS — our ultimate emphasis will be on the social science interpretation and understanding data as expressions of human behavior.

QMSS Minor No Longer Requires a Social Science Major!

The QMSS curriculum has been updated and is now accessible to students from all majors. Read more about the QMSS minor's courses here.

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