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St. Norbert College Adds Data Analytics Major

From St. Norbert College, July 8, 2020
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-362-8864

St. Norbert College has added a rigorous data analytics major that will begin in the fall of 2020. The curriculum is a collaboration between disciplines in the Schneider School of Business & Economics and the natural sciences, leveraging existing courses and creating new ones. Data analytics is critical in preparing organizations to solve modern business challenges, and participants of this program will have exposure to innovative methodologies that support data-driven decision-making.

“One of the most important elements of St. Norbert College’s data analytics major is its reliance on our liberal arts core curriculum,” said Dan Heiser, dean of the Schneider School of Business & Economics at St. Norbert. “Our industry advisors have made it clear that they want to hire people who know how to ask the right questions.… St. Norbert’s general coursework gives our graduates a broader perspective and contextual framework desired by employers.”

With this major, students will learn how to work with quantitative and qualitative data, identify puzzles, form probing questions, evaluate claims, make inferences and effectively communicate data-driven answers to real-world problems.

“Students who obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in data analytics from St. Norbert will also have a foundation in the liberal arts, one that strengthens communication skills and promotes ethical behavior, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and service to others,” said David Bailey, dean of natural sciences and professor of biology at St. Norbert College.

St. Norbert College’s proximity to Green Bay and Milwaukee gives students access to world-class corporations and organizations to apply their knowledge in fields as diverse as marketing and communications, product development, public health, community development, and banking and finance. Data analytics majors are well-positioned to shape the future of countless professions, including business, marketing, finance, public health, government, education, social policy, law and medicine, as well as scientific research in genomics, computer science, climate science, neuroscience, particle physics and astronomy.

The data analytics major is firmly rooted in the liberal arts, and offers students boundless opportunities to discover new knowledge within socioeconomic and ethical frameworks. Students who graduate with a data analytics major are thoroughly versed in the technical knowledge necessary to work with quantitative and qualitative data; they possess expertise in their field, through study and real-world problem solving; and they have ready-made networks through coursework and internships. They are prepared to launch into the professions of their choice, ready to advance policy, do ethical research and to make a difference in the world.

St. Norbert College also is developing a data analytics minor that should be approved by the 2021-22 academic year.

For more information on the data analytics major, go to http://www.snc.edu/dataanalytics/, or contact admit@snc.edu.

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