Merging “Big Data” with the Liberal Arts

A recent news article highlights how Emory’s new quantitative sciences major represents a new direction for big data education by focusing on disciplines related to the liberal arts, including anthropology, political science, history, economics, women’s studies and psychology (and soon biology).

Quantitative sciences majors pick one of these disciplines to anchor their major (which functions much like a double major) and then supplement their knowledge of the discipline with in-depth courses about quantitative theory and methods that teach them to analyze and use data related to that discipline.

QTM 100, the introductory course for quantitative sciences, but not part of the major, has grown faster than any other course in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is now among the courses that draw the most students every semester, says Joanne Brzinski, senior associate dean for undergraduate education.

Read more at Emory’s News Center

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