Are you looking for a major that teaches you how to make data-informed decisions and uses statistical reasoning to evaluate evidence? When you study statistics at Dordt, you will learn about statistics and research and get hands-on experience.
As a statistics major, you will put what you're learning the classroom into practice—all statistics majors engage in a real research project that shows them how to do real statistics, giving them the practical experience needed to be successful in the industry or graduate school.
You'll learn how to make data-driven arguments from a Christian perspective. Upon graduation, you will have opportunities to work in a variety of industries, including health care, community development, and data science.
Want to learn more about statistics? Check out the American Statistical Association's website.
As a statistics major you'll take Core Program courses that lay a foundation upon which to build your career. Courses in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences will help you develop a comprehensive view of statistics. This is not just a theoretical major—you'll be plugged into real problems, real data, and experiential courses.
Learning statistics is more like learning an art, the way you would learn to be an expert potter or painter sitting alongside an expert in that field. At Dordt, we use a similar apprenticeship model where we see statistics as data storytelling.
Particiate in active research alongside members of the faculty and present your work locally, regionally, and nationally. Our statistics community is nurtured through numerous ways:
- Ladies' lunch: Female faculty and students from the department join women from computer science monthly for a ladies' lunch. The cost of the lunch is funded through grants and the department in an effort to promote women in our STEM fields. The goal of the lunches is to connect female majors and minors to other women in the area for the purpose of supporting, encouraging, and networking.
- Social events: We enjoy spending time together; sometimes this occurs by majors, such as the Actuarial Science Club, Math Club, or statistics gatherings. Other times we have events for math, statistics, and actuarial science together. Activities have included movies, nacho night, pizza parties, and Christmas gatherings.
- Conference attendance: Students have opportunities to attend conferences with professors with some assisting in joint presentations. Conferences are encouraged to provide students experience with professional development opportunities.
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