New Undergraduate Major in Data Science & Social Systems

Data science is revolutionizing science, industry, and government. Work across nearly all domains is becoming more data-driven, affecting both the jobs available and skills required.

A new interdisciplinary undergraduate major in data science & social systems, beginning in September 2022, will equip the next generation of leaders to work at the intersection of statistics, computation, and the social sciences on important social problems such as poverty and inequality, polarization, criminal justice, and urban development.

As part of the major, students will complete core course work in computer science, statistics, and the social sciences; a practicum in which they apply data science skills to a well-defined problem; and a specialization in a particular domain. The new major will engage faculty from across the university and support students to learn and apply technical skills to practical, social problems that affect our economy, society, and daily life.