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As an interdisciplinary major focused on the social sciences, in addition to the required courses, the minor includes 6 elective credits of social science courses with significant instruction in quantitative methods, quantitative reasoning, experiment design, and data analysis. It is expected, but not required, that one of these courses will be within the student’s major, and the course credits can be counted both towards their major and the QMSS minor. The second elective should come from another social science discipline, reinforcing the interdisciplinary intent of the minor. Only 1 course can count towards the requirements of a major and a minor.

A list of courses that will have automatic approval as electives for the QMSS minor appears below. The program assumes that there will be new courses developed and topics courses regularly offered in LSA social science departments as well as interdisciplinary programs on campus that will meet these requirements. QMSS program advisors will review and approve these courses by student request. QMSS program advisors will also evaluate and approve courses submitted for transfer credit and study abroad credit that meet these requirements as electives. Electives are typically taken in the junior year, but they can be taken at any time throughout the program.




Additional courses may be used to fulfill minor elective requirements with advisor approval.

To have a potential elective course evaluated, please send a copy of a recent course syllabus to and make an appointment with a QMSS advisor.