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Students in this Data Mine cohort will examine a variety of issues pertaining to contemporary society and the role big data plays in it. Data and Society students will learn to recognize and apply ethical reasoning to issues in data science and digital technologies; and to apply data analysis to better understanding public policy being written around, and with the help of, big data. Collectively, students and faculty will explore the role data plays in enhancing - and limiting - society.

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Any undergraduate student with interest in Liberal Arts and the Data Sciences

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community must reside in Hillenbrand Hall
  • Information on this residence hall can be found here
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall and Spring semesters

Associated Classes

Fall 2020

  • PHIL 20800 (3 credits) Ethics of Data Science
  • STAT 19000, 29000, 39000, or 49000 (1 credit) The Data Mine I or III or V or VII 

Spring 2021

  • POL 22900 (3 credits) Data Science and Public Policy
  • STAT 19000, 29000, 39000, or 49000 (1 credit) The Data Mine II or IV or VI or VIII

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Events and Activities Included:

  • Weekly dinners with LC participants
  • Tour of Purdue’s computational facilities
  • Social gatherings with LC members
  • Seminars by visiting speakers including practicing actuaries and data scientists
  • Meals with campus and community leaders
  • Game / recreation nights
  • Career and graduate school panels

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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