Applied Data Analysis

Data analysis is the art of collecting and analyzing data so that a company or companies can use said data to perfect their marketing, insurance, political and/or business practices.

The data analyst is a highly trained professional who performs the analysis, running various mathematical calculations to determine how the data samples might best be applied to profit the business. Most importantly, the data analyst evaluates risk - culling statistical information to determine whether a company is accidentally harming itself. As most companies are always looking to expand their businesses, or at least improve their business practices, data analysis is an essential and profitable field.

Wesleyan’s applied data analysis major is designed to teach contemporary data analysis techniques while also allowing students to take full advantage of studying at a liberal arts college. Emphasis is on thinking statistically, evaluating assumptions, and developing practical skills for real-life applications to fields such as medicine, politics, education, and beyond. 

Students who choose to study applied data analysis will use methods from computer science to enhance their study of other interests while acquiring skills that are both useful for graduate level research and marketable to modern industries. Students are encouraged to take courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences while learning how to use technology to push their growth and understanding in their chosen field of interest.  

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An applied data analysis major can graduate in 4 years with a specialization in:
  • biology and be a successful candidate for graduate study in bioinformatics, opening the door to a career in medicine or zoology.
  • art with highly sought-after skills in graphic design or web development.
  • economics and use her experience to pursue a career in risk analysis.
  • mathematics, which would give her the skill necessary to excel in computer programming or systems analysis.
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