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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.

Upcoming Workshop: Data Analysis through Visualization

Data Analysis through Visualization. Location and registration at

Tues, Nov 12 6-8pm

Data visualization is a powerful tool to communicate a point, but can also be misused. You will create maps and three dimensional interactive graphics in R and show how they can be manipulated to decieve. Panera provided.

Workshops (20-30 offered per semester)

Workshop topics range from introductions to programming in R or Stata, How to Read a Quantitative Paper, and Sampling and Election Polls. Workshops are offered based on demand; not all are offered each semester. 

  • A full list of all workshops offered can be found here
  • Registration information for all Fall 2019 workshops can be found as a pdf here or as a webpage here.

Research mentoring, data science interview preparation, and programming consultations

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!

Office hours:

If these times don't work, feel free to send an email to to schedule an appointment.

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