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 230: Public Opinion and American Democracy or
  • PSCI 236/PPE 312: Public Policy Process

Core Competency 2: Statistics 

Students must demonstrate competency in statistics and data analytics

  • PSCI 107: Intro to Data Science  or
  • PSCI 338: Statistical Methods PSCI or
  • ECON 103: Statistics for Economists or
  • STAT 101 & STAT 102: Intro to Business Stat (both classes must be taken in order to satisfy core competency 2) or
  • STAT 111 & STAT 112: Introductory Statistics (both classes must be taken in order to satisfy core competency 2) or
  • STAT 430: Probability

Core Competency 3: Survey Research

Students must demonstrate basic knowledge of survey research methods including questionnaire design, mode effects, sampling procedures, and data analysis

  • PSCI 207: Applied Data Science * or
  • PSCI 332/COMM 332: Survey Research and Design * or
  • PSCI 333/COMM 393: Political Polling *

Indicates that the course requires a prerequisite of PSCI 107: Intro to Data Science or equivalent.


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 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
  • ECON 032/ECON 232: Political Economy
  • COMM 431: Public Opinion and the People
  • COMM 441: Internet v Democracy

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. Students must receive a grade of C- or above for all of the courses counting toward the minor. No more than 3 courses can count both toward a student’s major and the Survey Research and Data Analytics minor. In addition, no more than 3 courses can crosscount toward an additional minor that a student is pursuing (for example minoring in Political Science) and the SRDA minor. 

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