Data Analytics

Our Data Analytics minor will help you think deeply|ethically about data and the problems they address.

“Data analytics is a central tool for decision-making, and whether a person’s profession is as an epidemiologist, accountant, marketing manager, physician, political adviser, nurse, teacher, historian or biologist … they will be immersed in data as they attempt to make good choices in a rapidly changing environment.”

–Bob Hesse, associate professor of computer science and mathematics at CSB and SJU

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About the Program

Data analysis has come to the forefront of society in multiple dimensions.  In politics, business, finance, the economy, the environment, international relations, the arts, genetics, healthcare, and in the study of languages and history, data analysis has always been of great importance.  However, information technologies and increasing availability of data have provided new avenues of inquiry and exploration in the pursuit of knowledge, in the pursuit of the common good, and in the pursue to private interest.  Whatever a student’s area of interest, their path will often cross some need to engage in thoughtful and ethical analysis of data and will require that they can communicate those findings.  Deeply embedded in the liberal arts, the Data Analytics program at CSB and SJU seeks to provide such learning and development opportunities for students regardless of their major or inquiry of interest.


Learning Outcomes in Data Analytics

Outcome 1

Students will be able to articulate meaningful lines of inquiry that might be explored through the collection, organization, visualization, and analysis of data in a context associated with their primary field of study using (as appropriate) numerical, textual, spatial, and/or visual data.


Meet the professors



Course numbers, titles and descriptions

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Robert Hesse, Computer Science & Mathematics
CSB Main 252

Imad Rahal, Computer Science
CSB Main 262

Parker Wheatley, Economics
CSB Main 309