I would like to propose a class entitled Analyzing Political Science Statistics, that would be offered through the Statistics Department as an Honors College class. This class would prepare students to analyze the types of statistics they would be looking at if they worked for a government agency or an agency that prepared statistics about topics, such as a president's approval rating. This class would add variety to the math classes that are offered by the Honors College since most of the math classes tend to be classes that are offered to all University of South Carolina students, but at an Honors College level.
The targeted group of students for this class would students who have declared a major in statistics or political science; however, any Honors College student would be encouraged to take this class. This would be a good math class for students who have declared a major in political science to take, as this math class would focus on applying ...view middle of the document...
The final project that the students create would start off as an idea that is proposed by the student to the professor teaching the class. The students' ideas for the project should be based off of something that is currently happening politically somewhere in the world. For example, if gun control is a topic that is currently being debated, the student could create a project that compares statistics about they types of people who support and are against gun control. The professor would then approve the project idea, and the student could begin conducting their research. This could include the student using numbers that are published by a credible organization or the student could create a survey and ask people to anonymously fill out the survey and return it to the student conducting the research. After the student collects the data, they would use it to complete statistical calculations. The student would then analyze their data and write a summary about what their data and calculations suggest, and what can be concluded from it.
I envision that this class would allow students to see how statistics can be applied to real world problems and events. The students should be able to finish the class with an understanding of how to plan a research project, how to conduct statistical research, and how to analyze statistical data. The students should also be presented with the opportunity to see the different political events happening worldwide, as they will be using those events to practice making statistical calculations throughout the course of the class.
The South Carolina Honors College should offer the class, Analyzing Political Science Statistics, next year. This class would be an excellent math class for students in the Honors College who have declared a major in statistics or political science. Analyzing Political Science Statistics would add some variety to the types of math classes offered through the Honors College as most of the math classes offered through the Honors College are classes that are offered to all students at the University of South Carolina, but at an Honors College level. Last, this class would give students the opportunity to conduct their own statistical research about a topic, that hopefully, they are passionate about.