Data analytics will be a critical tool in shaping the future, and those with the right skills and perspective will be ready to help tackle important issues, including climate change, the future of work, globalization, healthcare, artificial intelligence and critical aspects of privacy and security. Data analytics at Dickinson was designed to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, integrating computational acumen with opportunities in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, languages and humanities.
Data analytics majors will learn to be critical consumers, users, explorers and communicators of data, readyfor a multitude of postgraduate degrees, careers and experiences. The major will give students a depth and breadth of knowledge, including the technical expertise to perform sophisticated analyses, and the ability to meaningfully comprehend, critique and construct data-driven arguments.
The data analytics curriculum at Dickinson is highly interdisciplinary, involving:
foundational courses in mathematics and computer science
a course in the philosophy and ethics of data
an experiential component such as an internship or an independent research project
a three-course disciplinary focus in a field that allows students to meaningfully apply their skills in data analysis to a particular subject area.
This data analytics curriculum will prepare students to become the citizen-leaders and agents of change in today’s data-rich environment, ready to adapt rapidly to the data-driven global society of today and tomorrow.
Dick ForresterProfessor of Mathematics and Data Analytics
Emily MarshallAssociate Professor of Economics and Data Analytics
"Majoring in data analytics and environmental science is a good challenge for my mind, body and soul. The environmental sciences major provides me with a myriad of experience to grow a deeper love for the environment and awareness toward environmental justice issues. The data analytics major allows me to build my computational abilities and confidence as a problem solver. Together, I get to see and experience the connections between sustainability, social justice and big data and envision how I can make my mark."