The Certificate in Data Fluency is for undergraduate students who wish to gain fluency and facility with the tools of data analysis and its conceptual framework, but who are not pursuing a concentration in a data-intensive discipline. The program is designed to provide fundamental conceptual knowledge and technical skills to students with a range of intellectual backgrounds and concentrations, while emphasizing a critical liberal learning perspective. For more information about eligibility and requirements:
Data fluency implies a familiarity with data science and a basic competency working with data. Many disciplines now require an understanding of how data are collected, stored, analyzed, and visualized. The purpose of this certificate is to prepare undergraduate students for a world that is increasingly data-centric. A massive shift has occurred in our basic interactions with one another, our understanding of society and culture, and our modes of inquiry and investigation. The growth of methods for exploring and analyzing data combined with advances in hardware capability has created possibilities for data analysis on a scale previously unimagined. At the same time, the societal impact of decisions based on data poses many challenges in terms of accountability, bias, and transparency.