CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN QUANTITATIVE POLITICAL SCIENCE METHODS

(Proposed update as of May 2019, to be finalized Fall 2019)


The Certificate in Quantitative Political Science Methods is a program designed to lead to an understanding of how social scientists pose research questions, design tests of hypotheses, and analyze quantifiable information. These are valuable skills for the workforce and graduate school, as well as for all informed citizens. A basic understanding of how social science research is conducted can help citizens evaluate the information they read about in the newspaper or hear about on television. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • This program is open only to declared Political Science majors, and will be awarded to recipients of a BA in Political Science.
  • To participate in the program, students should contact Dr. Katherine McCabe, the Political Science faculty advisor, at k.mccabe@rutgers.edu.
  • Political Science courses that count toward the certificate may also be applied to Political Science major requirements.
  • To complete the program, a student must satisfactorily complete five 3-credit courses, according to the following guidelines:
    • Students must satisfactorily complete Introduction to Political Science Methods (01:790:300)
    • Students must satisfactorily complete either Data Science for Political Science (01:790:391) or Survey Research (01:790:307). Students that take both may count one toward the remaining three courses in the certificate.
    • Students must satisfactorily complete any three of the following list. Courses can be in one discipline or any combination of disciplines. The course list will be updated on an ongoing basis to reflect changing course offerings. In some occasions, you may be able to get approval for a course not on the list pending a review of the course content.

Political Science*

01:790:481, 482

Internship (with approved statistical or quantitative focus)

 

With permission from the instructor, the undergraduate office and the graduate office, students may take the following graduate courses at the 600 level:

16:790:601

Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Political Science

16:790:670

Multivariate Techniques

16:790:673

Game Theory for Political Science

16:790:676

Maximum Likelihood Estimation

16:790:677

Experimental Methods


Economics

01:220:322

Econometrics

01:220:401

Advanced Cross-Sectional and Panel Econometrics

01:220:481

Economics of Uncertainty

01:220:482

Game Theory and Economics

01:220:420

Computational Methods for Research in Economics

01:220:421

Economic Forecasting and Big Data


Math

01:640:104

Introduction to Probability

01:640:339

Mathematical Models in the Social Sciences


Psychology**

01:830:200

Quantitative Methods in Psychology

01:830:323

Research Methods in Social Psychology


Sociology**

01:920:312

Introduction to Statistics in Sociology


Statistics

Any 3-credit course in the Statistics Department

*Political Science courses may be applied to Political Science major requirements under R5 electives.

** Only ONE of these three courses (Quantitative methods in Psychology, Research Methods in Social Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics in Sociology) may be counted for the certificate.