Survey Research & Data Analytics Minor

The Survey Research and Data Analytics minor is intended for students who wish to complement their primary area of study with an interdisciplinary focus on using data and survey methods for conducting research and evaluating programs, policies, and outcomes in the social sciences.

The minor is comprised of six courses--all of which must be graded. Students must satisfy at least one requirement in each core competency listed below. The final three elective courses are intended to provide students an opportunity to engage with a particular interest area. 

Core Competency 1: American Politics
Students must demonstrate basic understanding of the study of American Politics; topics include, but are not limited to, policymaking, institutions and/or governance  

PSCI 130: Introduction to American Politics or
PSCI 236/PPE 202: Public Policy Process

Core Competency 2: Statistics
Students must demonstrate competency in statistics and/or data analytics

PSCI 107: Intro to Data Science  or
PSCI 338: Statistical Methods PSCI or
ECON 103: Statistics for Economists or
ECON 104: Econometrics

Core Competency 3: Survey Research and Design
Students must demonstrate basic knowledge of survey research methods including questionnaire design, mode effects, sampling procedures, and data analysis

PSCI 230: Public Opinion and American Democracy or
PSCI 332/COMM 332: Survey Research and Design or
PSCI 398/COMM 393: Political Polling

The last three elective courses may be chosen from a pre-approved list. Additionally, any course listed above in core competency 1 (American Politics) or 3 (Survey Research and Design) that was not taken to satisfy the mandatory core requirements may also count as an elective.

PSCI 231/AFRC 232: Race and Ethnic Politics
PSCI 232/COMM 226: Intro to Political Communication 
PSCI 234: Changing American Electorate
PSCI 236/PPE 202: The Public Policy Process
PSCI 239: Elections in the U.S.
PSCI 240: Religion and U.S. Public Policy 
PSCI 241: Polarization
PSCI 320/URBS320/GAFL509: Who Gets Elected and Why  
PSCI 374/COMM 374: Communication and Congress 
PSCI 404/COMM 404: Media and Politics
PSCI 436: Political Psychology
COMM 431 Public Opinion and the People

Students may petition the Political Science undergraduate chair or the director of the Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies to accept a course that is not on the pre-approved list. No more than 3 courses can count both toward a student’s major and the Survey Research and Data Analytics minor. 

Students interested in declaring a Survey Research and Data Analytics minor should email Andrew Arenge ( to arrange an advising appointment.