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Mathematics and Social Sciences

Basic Structure of the Department

  • Mathematics and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary program that applies the study of mathematics to disciplines in the social sciences that have quantitative aspects, such as anthropology, economics, education, geography, environmental studies, history, government, psychology, sociology, etc.
  • Study in M&SS combines math (a non-introductory sequence) with advanced study in one of the social sciences. It appeals to people who like applying math, statistical methods, or computing tools, to real world issues.
  • As a small program, exact courses of study are highly individualized and worked out on an individual basis for every student.
  • The program offers a single, honors major.

Information for the First-Year Student who Plans on Pursuing Mathematics and Social Sciences

  • Begin with the appropriate courses in the Math department. MATH 3, 13 and/or 20 are recommended or prerequisite for several M&SS courses
  • MSS 15 (Introduction to Data Analysis) is offered in fall 2013 and spring 2013
  • MSS 41 (Analysis of Social Networks) for students coming in with some background in math or statistics, is offered fall term only.

Other Information about Courses and Considerations

  • A student studying mathematics and social science need not concentrate his/her courses in a single social science discipline. What is required and desired is a coherent grouping of course work, and this can be worked out by petition on an individual basis with the department.
  • Likewise, the “mathematics” component of “mathematics and social sciences” needs to be fulfilled by courses from the Mathematics department, but might include a physics, computer science, or engineering sequence. Again, this can be worked out by petition on an individual basis with the department.
  • A student is encouraged to make an appointment with the chair to discuss potential courses of study if they think they may want pursue M&SS. To do so, call the program main office at 646-2790, or blitz MSS@Dartmouth.EDU

Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives

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Last Updated: 9/6/13