Computational Social Sciences, Minor

This minor introduces and develops the essential skills for employing mathematical, formal, and computational methods in the social sciences. Students completing this minor will have a grasp of the fundamentals necessary for pursuing more in-depth studies in the emerging fields of computational social science and big data. The foundational courses emphasize skills in probability, statistics, and introductory programming. Other courses focus on the application of formal and computational methods in the social sciences including digital analysis of texts, maps, and networks. An additional elective provides breadth in social scientific studies of computation or the foundational principles of logic and computation.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified. 

Foundational Courses 

INSH 2104Statistics in the Social and Political World4
or MATH 2280 Statistics and Software
or ECON 2350 Statistics
or CRIM 3700 Criminal Justice Statistics
or SOCL 2320 Statistical Analysis in Sociology
or POLS 2400 Quantitative Techniques
or PSYC 2320 Statistics in Psychological Research
INSH 1500Digital Methods for Social Sciences and Humanities4
or CS 2500 Fundamentals of Computer Science 1

Applications of Computational Approaches in the Social Sciences

Complete two courses from the following:8
(Students may complete a capstone project under the direction of a faculty member in lieu of an application course.)
Social Networks
Crime Mapping
Data Collection, Integration, and Analysis
Information Presentation and Visualization
Large-Scale Information Storage and Retrieval
Machine Learning and Data Mining 1
or DS 4410
Topics in Historical Geography
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Management Information Systems
or MISM 2501
Fundamentals of Information Analytics
or MISM 3510
Ethics and Evolutionary Games
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Big Data for Cities

Elective in Social Inquiry, Computation, and Logic 

Complete one course from the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Logic and Computation
Information Economics and Game Theory
Principles of Information Science
Introduction to Logic
Mathematical Thinking
Probability and Statistics
Advanced Logic
Computers and Society

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor