2H: Data Science and the Liberal Arts

With Paul Savala (St. Edward's University), Carol Gee (St. Edward's University), & Jack Follis (St. Thomas University)


While course and degree offerings in data science and analytics are common at large universities, they are still relatively rare at smaller liberal arts colleges and universities. In this workshop we will discuss the experience of one small liberal arts university in conceiving, creating and offering courses and a certification in data analytics. We discuss topics such as gaining administrative support for a program, finding course materials, helping students with limited programming skills, and general pedagogical philosophies and approaches.