The Certificate in Quantitative Political Science Methods is a program designed to lead to an understanding
of how social scientists pose research questions, design tests of hypotheses, and analyze quantifiable
information. These are valuable skills for the workforce and graduate school, as well as for all informed
citizens. A basic understanding of how social science research is conducted can help citizens evaluate the
information they read about in the newspaper or hear about on television. Students completing the program
will have put their methodological skills to use in their own in-class research projects, as part of their
required Political Science Seminar 790:395.

  • This program is open only to declared Political Science majors, and will be awarded only in conjunction with or subsequent to the awarding of a BA in Political Science.
  • To participate in the program, students should contact Prof. Roy Licklider, the Political Science facultyadvisor, at licklider@polisci.rutgers.edu.
  • Students must satisfactorily complete 790:300, Introduction to Political Science Methods.
  • Students must satisfactorily complete a 790:395 seminar that is quantitatively oriented.
  • Students must satisfactorily complete any three of the following courses (Political Science may be applied to Political Science degree requirements, Economics, Psychology and Sociology courses maybe applied to cognate discipline requirements):
    Political Science
 790:349  Rational Choice Models and Politics
 790:307  Survey Research
 790:392  Applied Research Methods
 790:481,482  Internship (with approved statistical or
 quantitative focus)
 220:322  Econometrics
 220:401  Advanced Econometrics
 220:405  Economics of Uncertainty
 220:406  Game Theory and Economics
 640:104  Elementary Combinatorics and Probability
 640:339  Mathematical Models in the Social and
 Biological Sciences

 830:200  Quantitative Methods in Psychology
 830:300  Research Methods in Psychology
 830:23  Research Methods in Social Psychology
 920:311  Introduction to Social Research
 920:312  Computer Analysis of Social Science Data

Any course in the Statistics Department