The BA in Quantitative Social Sciences combines the study of human societies with a rigorous foundation in mathematics, statistics, computation and data science. The program teaches the interdisciplinary skills necessary to extract scientific understanding from societal data and consists of a comprehensive training in computational data analysis and mathematical modeling, as well as core theory and methods from sociology, economics, environmental science and political science.
Students will learn how to take advantage of the unprecedented quantity and level of detail of available information on human habits, health, communication, opinions, political and economic behavior in a manner that is built upon quantitative theory and methods, while being directly integrated with the scholarship in the various areas of the social sciences.
The program includes mandatory modules on mathematics, programming and data analysis, and social sciences. After completing the mandatory modules, students must choose two of the five specialization tracks:
- Environmental Sciences
- Political Science
- Data Science
Students will be expected to conduct interdisciplinary research as part of their BA thesis and capstone project in their chosen areas of specialization.
The program is registered in the United States by the New York State Education Department and is subject to accreditation in Austria by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria. The program is scheduled to launch in academic year 2021/22.