Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

MA/PhD in Sociology and SoDA

MA/PhD in Sociology and SoDA

Developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, this new program offers an intellectual opportunity to combine the strength of sociological methodology with interdisciplinary approaches to ‘big data’ and data analytics.  An essential component of this training involves instruction by faculty from computational, informational, statistical, and visual analytic sciences as well as other social sciences.  Dual-degree students declare SoDA as their minor area and fill their electives with the two required classes, SoDA500 and SoDA501, and then choose among qualifying classes inside and outside of the social sciences.  Most of the quantitative techniques classes taught in Sociology satisfy SoDA requirements.