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Social and Data Science

Applied learning
In the age of big data, employers are actively seeking students with skills to critically analyze information about social questions and to present findings and trends. The Bachelor of Arts in Social and Data Science lets you design an applied capstone project that showcases your abilities and prepares you to work in government, advertising, nonprofits, social services, business, and the technology sector.

Understanding society
The Bachelor of Arts in Social and Data Science focuses on applied skills and prepares you to use data to explain trends and answer questions about social change and how people behave and make choices. You’ll study tools used to identify behavior and track trends such as voting and elections, health care, criminology, advertising, migration, use of natural resources, and economics. Our multidisciplinary approach includes history, geography, sociology, economics, and philosophy. You’ll combine a core set of social science courses with tools related to data analysis and representing information geographically to design a focused capstone project related to your interests.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, life, physical, and social science occupations earn a median pay of $74,330 per year.

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your social science degree

Learning in action
Our social and data science degree emphasizes learning in and out of the classroom. You’ll build on core courses and expand your interests through internships, conference presentations, and local community projects to develop a lifelong set of skills related to understanding social questions.
Learning environment
Our dedicated active-learning classrooms, GIS lab, and student research spaces will support you as you learn to synthesize information into effective presentations and persuasive written arguments. A 12:1 student faculty ratio ensures you’ll have direct access to your professors as you expand your academic horizons.
Lifelong skills
The College of Arts and Sciences provides a fundamental liberal arts education, giving you the knowledge, skills, and values to help you think critically and creatively.
Experienced faculty
The Social Science Division’s faculty, all experienced Ph.D.s, provide academic training and applied experience for your career and for life-long growth.

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Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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