Social Sciences Summer

By the completion of this program, students will: 

  • Understand a diverse set of theories and methods that underpin social science research.
  • Comprehend the comparative strengths and weaknesses of several research methods.
  • Evaluate, analyse and interpret qualitative data and apply this understanding to a given research problem.
  • Identify statistical methods for basic analysis of quantitative data and apply those to a given research problem.
  • Collaboratively prepare a research proposal—including an abstract, literature review, design, and discussion—drawing on knowledge of various research methods.
  • Produce and present a summary of a proposed research project to a group of colleagues and Columbia University faculty. 



  • 13 days of instruction by Columbia University faculty and staff that introduces students to essential social science research techniques.  
  • An interactive, collaborative research project and various in-session programming activities, such as public lectures and a conceptual scavenger hunt where students travel throughout New York’s neighbourhoods to collect data. 
  • Two-and-a-half-week stay in University housing in the dynamic Morningside Heights neighbourhood of New York City, itself a laboratory for social science research.
  • Access to research facilities at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics and the libraries of Columbia University. 
  • Various activities to introduce students to Columbia University and the United States university system in general, including a Question and Answer session with admissions counsellors and tours of the campus and main library. 

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