Quantitative Reasoning: Envisioning Societal Transition is designed to give rising high school juniors and seniors a substantial college-level experience in how social scientists think about the world, measure important variables of study, prepare research, and present their findings.
At the Quantitative Reasoning program, students will learn how to think like a social scientist by not only receiving instruction in how they study the world, but by designing and engaging in a sustained, three-week collaborative research project with peers and their faculty mentors. Students in the program will present their analyses and results in writing and in public presentations, culminating at the end of the program in an oral exposition of their project's findings using text, figures, and graphs. The program will provide students with a realistic glimpse of what Carleton students experience when they develop their quantitative reasoning skills at a liberal arts institution.
During their time at the Quantitative Reasoning program, students will rotate through three, one week courses which use statistical tools to focus on important concepts within the discipline and in the field of the faculty member. In their courses, students will gain an understanding of how to use quantitative data to both support their own arguments and evaluate the arguments of others.