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Courses - Fall 2024
BSOS
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Open Seats as of
07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
BSOS180
Introduction to Data Management
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: BSOS180 or BSOS188B.
Formerly: BSOS188B.
Additional information: Recommended for BSOS majors who need additional support for their disciplinary stats or research methods sequence.
Learn to read data, clean data sets, and perform other vital functions (mainly in Excel). Students will develop fundamental skills that will ease the transition into future coursework (or a career) in data science or analytics. Designed for students who have minimal background in Excel or computer software.
BSOS188C
Selected Topics in the Behavioral and Social Sciences; Social Data Science: Pathways and Applications
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Data Science, machine learning, and AI have exploded in popularity, and the big data revolution has affected how science is done in all fields, from the physical sciences to the behavioral and social sciences. This course explores the goals, values, skills, and practices of how data science is conducted within a variety of fields within the social sciences. It will enable students to identify questions and challenges that data science can address and help them find the data science discipline that matches their own values and goals.
BSOS201
Ensuring your Financial Future Through Stock Investing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: BSOS289I or BSOS201.
Formerly: BSOS289I.
Additional information: No prior knowledge of the stock market or investing is expected or required.
Introduces students to investing and trading, with special emphasis on the field of technical analysis. Planning for one's financial future is a critical skill for all students. Students will learn how to evaluate companies using the investors.com website and the TC2000 stock charting program. Students will develop an idea of the risks and benefits of investing, establishing a savings strategy, opening an IRA, and strategically planning for future financial security. In addition to readings, lectures, and online videos, students will participate in virtual stock market trading exercises and manage a virtual account.
BSOS233
Data Science for the Social Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH 107 (or higher) or STAT 100.
Restriction: Must be in a major in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences or the College of Information Studies; or permission of instructor.
An introduction to modern methods of data analysis for social scientists. This course emphasizes teaching students who have no previous coding experience how to analyze data and extract meaning in a social science context. Students will gain critical programming skills and learn inferential thinking through examples and projects with real-world relevance.
BSOS240
The Problem of Prejudice: Overcoming Impediments to Global Peace and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: BSOS240, HNUH228Z, or HONR279L.
Formerly: HNUH228Z and HONR279L.
What is prejudice? How are our prejudices formed? What similarities and differences are there between various forms of prejudice across race, gender, nationality, politics, religion, among others? What is the relationship between prejudice and conflict? What is the role of prejudice in thinking about issues of peace and justice? How can we better understand the role that prejudice and discrimination have in a globalizing world? What can we learn from a scientific basis of knowledge about the causes of prejudice? This course will survey interdisciplinary scholarly research and popular cultural conversations about the root causes of prejudice and discrimination. You are expected to examine empirical evidence toward formulating your own views about the impact that all forms of prejudice impose on the human condition and the role it has played in your own life. Based on research evidence, the course encourages the search for solutions to the blight of prejudice.
BSOS326
Python Programming for the Social Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126 or BSOS233.
Restriction: Restricted to students in the Social Data Science major or by permission of the instructor.
Python has become the most powerful programming language in advanced statistics and data analytics. It includes expansive packages for data handling and processing, including the latest developments in machine learning, and offers Integrated Development Environments (IDE) for code development, testing, debugging, and graphical representation. This course offers a thorough introduction to Python and those packages that are fundamental to data processing and analysis.
BSOS355
(Perm Req)
Social Sciences Internship Practicum
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; and must have completed at least 1 semester at UMD.
Credit only granted for: BSOS388I or BSOS355.
Formerly: BSOS388I.
BSOS 355 is an internship course open to all majors. It will enable students to articulate and apply the scholarship from the discipline related to their specific internship placement into a real-work environment.
BSOS361
Academic and Career Planning for Transfer Students in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be a first-semester transfer student in a College of Behavioral and Social Sciences major.
Additional information: Intended for first semester transfer students in BSOS majors.
Students will utilize the resources of the Feller Center for Academic and Career Planning and TerrapinSTRONG to explore how their individual social identities and strengths contribute to building strong communities in personal, academic, and professional career spaces.
BSOS388C
Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSOS388E
(Perm Req)
Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics; CIDCM Minor Practicum
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSOS448A
(Perm Req)
Teaching Assistant Practicum; Fianancial Literacy Education
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud