Data analytics is a multidisciplinary field with application to many professions and areas of study. A broad liberal arts education such as Augustana’s, which builds critical thinking skills and the ability to make connections, is the ideal foundation for a major or minor in data analytics.
Augustana graduates also can communicate effectively, think and act ethically, and work well in teams — all qualities that are prized by employers today.
Data analytics is one of Augustana’s newest academic programs, focusing on business analytics and including includes coursework in computer science, mathematics, ethics and statistics, along with courses in data analytics.
During their first three terms at Augustana, students enroll in courses designed to help them become active, critical learners. Because of this background, an Augustana data analyst will be trained in deep reasoning and diverse thinking, possessing a perspective of seeing across boundaries so they ask not only “Why?” but also “Why not?”
Augustana’s program will have five components: prerequisite courses in statistics, spreadsheets and databases; courses in computer science; three specific data analytics courses; electives in the student’s chosen field; and an internship or major project within a student’s field that incorporates data analytics.
Students will learn to use industry standard tools: the Python programming language, Tableau business intelligence software, R algorithm development, Microsoft's Access or SQL, the Alteryx data analytics platform, and statistical tools SASS or SPSS.
Complementary coursework in other fields includes accounting, business, computer science, geography, mathematics and philosophy.