2017-2018 Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog

Data Analytics Major

This major combines study in math and computer science with a firm foundation in the liberal arts. In her TED Talk on challenges in interpreting big data, data analyst Susan Etlinger said: “What we need to do instead is spend a little bit more time on things like the humanities and sociology, and the social sciences, rhetoric, philosophy, ethics, because they give us context that is so important for big data, and because they help us become better critical thinkers.”

OWU’s program requires students to be strong in quantitative methodology, and it helps you develop the skills to use data to explore and make connections in larger social, political, and economic contexts. In addition to foundational studies in mathematics and computer science, you also will take courses in:

  • The social, ethical, and cultural impacts of big data in our lives
  • Data visualization, where you’ll learn how to communicate effectively with data
  • Science writing
  • And data-related issues in the sciences, humanities, and arts.

Since careers in data analytics span many industries, this can be a valuable second major. Ohio Wesleyan also offers minors in data analytics and data and society.

Major Requirements

The major in Data Analytics will consist of 13 courses.

  1. DATA110: Introduction to Data Analytics
  2. CS110: Introduction to Computer Science
  3. MATH110: Calculus I
  4. MATH230: Applied Statistics
  5. CS210: Intermediate Computer Science and Data Structures
  6. CS28X: Databases and Machine Learning for Data Analytics
  7. ENG312: Writing for the Sciences
  8. DATA250: Social, Ethical, and Cultural Impact of Big Data: 
  9. DATA280: Data Visualization and Presentation
  10. DATA390: Methods in Data Analytics
  11. DATA490: Capstone in Data Analytics
  12. Two cognates from any one discipline below or other courses as approved by the director or steering committee of the major.

Politics and Government

PG 279 and one of the follow
PG 261 or PG 344 or PG 347 or PG 363 or PG 359


ECON 251
ECON 355


ACCT 280
BUS 462 or BUS 465


BUS 361
ACCT 351


PHYS 111
PHYS 280

Computer Science