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Mathematics and Social Sciences is an undergraduate honors major combining mathematical training with one or more of the social or life sciences. Coming from the social sciences, MSS is for students interested in Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology as a quantitative social science. Coming from mathematics, MSS is for students interested in statistics, data analysis, mathematics or computer sciences directed toward application in social science.
The Major in Mathematics and Social Sciences
Prerequisite: Honors standing and MATH 13 (Calculus of Vector-Valued Functions), plus introductory work in several social sciences; or permission.
Minimum Requirements: 1 ) Four (non-introductory) courses in Mathematics or Computer Science, including MATH 36 (Introduction to Applied Mathematics); 2) Four (non-introductory) courses in one social science area. The four courses should form a coherent whole, although they need not fall within the same social science department; 3) Two additional courses, including one or more of the courses offered by the Program, to be approved by the Program committee; 4) Completion of a senior thesis, which may be done under the course Topics in Mathematics and Social Sciences, MSS 88 (Topics in Mathematics and the Social Sciences).
Where needed topics are not available in the existing curriculum, students may petition for special study under MSS 88. MSS 88 may be taken for credit more than once.
1. SAT Reasoning or ACT (with Writing);
2. 2 SAT Subject Test Scores;
3. The common application essay;
4. Within the Common Application, Dartmouth’s writing supplement requires that applicants write a brief response to one of the following supplemental essay prompts. Candidates choose one topic and respond;
5. A counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations. In addition, a peer recommendation is strongly encouraged;
7. Brief abstract of an independent research project;
8. IELTS or TOEFL (no minimum scores).
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