This is the first version of the 2020-21 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate Certificate in Social Science Analytics requires a minimum of 18 s.h. Students complete requirements in five different component areas for a total of at least six courses. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

Some of the certificate courses have prerequisites not included in the certificate requirements. Students should select courses for which they have met the prerequisites.

The Certificate in Social Science Analytics requires the following coursework.

Introduction to Data and the Social Sciences Course3
Social Science Research Design and Data Analysis Course3
Core Statistics Courses6-8
Building Skills and Data Science Course3-4
Applied Research Experience3
Total Hours18-21

Introduction to Data and the Social Sciences

This course:
POLI:1050/RELS:1050Big Ideas: Introduction to Information, Society, and Culture3

Social Science Research Design and Data Analysis

One of these:
POLI:2000Designing Political Research3
SOC:2170Research Methods3

Core Statistics

Two of these:
POLI:3000Analyzing Political Data3
STAT:3120/IGPI:3120Probability and Statistics4
STAT:3200/IGPI:3200/ISE:3760Applied Linear Regression3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
STAT:6513/PSQF:6243Intermediate Statistical Methods4
May include one of these:
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
SOC:2160Applied Statistics for Social Scientists3

Building Skills and Data Science

One of these:
BAIS:3200Database Management (must complete prerequisite coursework)3
BAIS:3250Data Wrangling (must complete prerequisite coursework)3
BAIS:3500Data Mining (must complete prerequisite coursework)3
CS:1210Computer Science I: Fundamentals4
CS:2110Programming for Informatics4
CS:2520Human-Computer Interaction3
CS:3980Topics in Computer Science I3
ECON:4800Econometric Analysis3
GEOG:1050Foundations of GIS4
GEOG:1065Introduction to Spatial Analysis: Patterns and Processes3
GEOG:3540/IGPI:3540Introduction to Geographic Visualization3
GEOG:4150/GHS:4150/IGPI:4150Health and Environment: GIS Applications3
GEOG:4580/IGPI:4581Introduction to Geographic Databases3
POLI:3050Problems in Methods3-4
SOC:3880The Sociology of Networks3
SOC:4000Data Science for Social Good3
STAT:4520/IGPI:4522/PSQF:4520Bayesian Statistics3
STAT:4540/IGPI:4540Statistical Learning3
STAT:4580/IGPI:4580Data Visualization and Data Technologies3
STAT:6510/IGPI:6511Applied Generalized Regression3
STAT:6560Applied Time Series Analysis3

Applied Research Experience

At least 3 s.h. from these:
GEOG:4030Senior Project Seminar3
GHS:3010/IGPI:3011Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project2-3
POLI:3001Hawkeye Poll3
POLI:3127Legislative Policy Seminar3
POLI:4600Honors Research Project3
POLI:4701Undergraduate Research Tutorial3
POLI:4702Senior Research Project/Paper3
SOC:4998Honors Researcharr.
STAT:6220Statistical Consulting3

The certificate will ensure students are more competitive for careers and opportunities with political campaigns, policy analysis, public opinion firms, consulting and government agencies, and local communities.