This concentration will equip students to learn about the world through data analytics.

Some faculty members whose research is related to this concentration include: Solon BarocasPaul GinspargCarla GomesThorsten Joachims; Jon KleinbergLillian LeeDavid Mimno; Helen Nissenbaum, and David Williamson

Career Paths

  • Professional positions requiring data analytics and statistical analysis combined with communication in commercial, academic and public service settings. 
  • Ex: Data Journalist, who finds questions in the real world, collects and analyzes data to address that question, and then explains the implications of that analysis in accessible terms.
  • Related Job Titles: data scientist, statistician, data engineer, machine learning engineer

Data Science Courses

Please reference the Cornell Class Roster for details on the courses below.

A. Data Analysis 

  • INFO 3300: Data-Driven Web Applications
  • INFO 3950: Data Analytics for Information Science
  • CS 4780: Machine Learning for Intelligent Systems
  • CS 4786: Machine Learning for Data Science
  • ORIE 3120: Practical Tools for Operations Research, Machine Learning and Data Science
  • ORIE 4740: Statistical Data Mining I
  • STSCI 4740: Data Mining and Machine Learning

B. Domain Expertise

  • INFO 2770: Excursions in Computational Sustainability
  • INFO 3350: Text Mining for History and Literature
  • INFO 4100: Learning Analytics
  • INFO 4120: Ubiquitous Computing
  • INFO 4130: Health and Computation
  • INFO 4300: Language and Information
  • CS 4740: Natural Language Processing

C. Big Data Ethics, Policy and Society

  • INFO 3200: New Media and Society
  • INFO 3561: Computing Cultures
  • INFO 4200: Information Policy: Research, Analysis, and Design
  • INFO 4240: Designing Technology for Social Impact
  • INFO 4250: Surveillance and Privacy
  • INFO 4270: Ethics and Policy in Data Science
  • INFO 4561: Stars, Scores, and Rankings: Evaluation and Society
  • ​INFO 4940: Special Topics - Privacy and Security in the Data Economy
  • COMM 4940: The Design & Governance of Field Experiments
  • STS 3440: The Data Science & Society Lab

D. Data Communication

  • INFO 4310: Interactive Information Visualization
  • COMM 3189: Taking America's Pulse: Creating and Conducting a National Opinion Poll
  • COMM 4200: Public Opinion and Social Processes
  • COMM 4860: Risk Communication