The demand for data analytics professionals is growing. Organizations across all industries are investing in analytics positions, and it is predicted that demand for data science and analytics expertise across many different job roles will grow rapidly in the coming years.

A recent report co-published by IBM and analytics software company Burning Glass Technologies estimates that data science and analytics job openings will grow 15% by 2020. 

In order to prepare students for a future career that will require a high degree of data literacy and skills, the School of Information Studies (iSchool) has introduced a new undergraduate minor in Data Analytics. This 18-credit program provides students with an analytical and technical background as well as a foundational understanding of the role of data in today’s society.

Students with any non-iSchool major from any school or college within Syracuse University can pursue this minor.

“A minor in data analytics adds a new dimension to a student’s skills and can open up opportunities in their major’s professional field,” explains Deb Nosky, Professor of Practice and Undergraduate Program Manager at the iSchool. “For example, a biology major could begin a career in bioinformatics, or a political science major could become a leading pollster and political strategist – this minor allows students to expand their potential in their field of study.”

As businesses hire to fill a demand for data analytics knowledge, they will turn to their own ranks for the skills to meet their data needs. “Holding a minor in Data Analytics indicates an interest in this growing field,” notes Nosky, “and this offers potential for growth beyond just getting your first job out of college.”

“Every industry is in need of graduates with big data and analytics skills,” says Nosky. “The versatility of Data Analytics makes it a great minor option for students in any major at Syracuse University.”

There are 9 credits of required courses for the minor. They are IST 387, Introduction to Applied Data Science (3 credits); IST 414, Data Driven Inquiry (3 credits); and IST 343, Data in Society (3 credits).

The remaining 9 credits for the minor can be selected from the following elective courses, each taken for 3 credits:

  • IST 256 – Application Programming for Information Systems
  • IST 359 – Introduction to Database Management Systems
  • IST 407 – Data Mining
  • IST 421 – Information Visualization
  • IST 449 – Human Computer Interaction
  • IST 486 – Social Media in the Organization

To apply for the minor, students will need to download and complete the Data Analytics Minor Declaration Form. The completed form, along with a transcript, can be turned into the iSchool’s Undergraduate Academic Counselor Shannon Marrero in 114 Hinds Hall.