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Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory

Economics, Political Science, and Sociology/Anthropology

Department Overview

The Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory at Swarthmore College develops students’ skills in quantitative analysis and comprehension.

Workshops (20-30 offered per semester)

Workshop topics range from introductions to programming in R or Stata, Interpreting Regressions in Quantitative Papers, and Preparing for a Data Science Interview. 

  • Registration information for all Spring 2022 workshops can be found here.
  • Upcoming workshops
    • Visualizing Regression Surfaces in R

      • Register at

      • Sections: Tuesday 3/15 7-9pm OR Wednesday 3/16 12:30-2:30pm

      • Multiple regressions, are commonly discussed but uncommonly visualized. A new package for Directional Regression Analysis (DiRA) allows you to create interactive 3D graphics of regression surfaces. This workshop will cover visualizing a regression surface, marginal effects, interaction terms, and intersectionality in R. No prior R experience is required.

    • Manipulating and Analyzing Data in Excel

      • After break, times TBA.

      • Register here to receive an email when the times are announced.

      • This workshop will demonstrate how to use Excel to

        • organize & sort data

        • create numeric summaries & bar charts of data using pivot tables

        • create scatterplots and maps

        • We'll also discuss the complexity data wrangling, or the process of turning raw data into useable data.

  • A list of workshops that may be offered in the future can be found here

Office Hours

Students seeking help with research, data science interviews, and programming homework can make appointments at the links below. If you think your appointment will last over 30 minutes, please book at least two appointment slots!

  • Wednesdays 1:15-3:45pm by appointment

  • Thursdays 10:45am-12:15pm, by appointment

Location: Parrish 231W. Reserve a time  at 

Curriculum consultation

If you have questions about the types of classes that will provide data science skills, the SSQL can provide information about which classes you can take and the skills that might be helpful to acquire.


Teaching Assistant opportunities are available for students with strong Stata and R skills. If you’d like to TA for one of the workshops, please email Ella Foster-Molina at