kmp34 Posted January 12, 2010 Share Posted January 12, 2010 I thinking about taking two courses at a state college before starting a polisci PhD program in the fall. I didn't take any courses in calc, econ or stats as an undergraduate so want to catch up before starting a PhD program. (I did Area Studies...) I need to choose two of the following three courses. Can you please tell me which ones would be most useful for polisci phd programs? 1. Economic Statistics Use of descriptive and inferential statistical concepts for the analysis of economic data. Topics include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, discrete and continuous probability distributions, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation analysis. 2. Probability and Statistics Frequency interpretation of probability. Axioms of probability theory. Discrete probability and combinatorics. Random variables. Distribution and density functions. Moment generating functions and moments. Sampling theory and limit theorems. 3. Calculus I Continuous functions. Derivatives and applications including graphing, related rates, and optimization. Transcendental functions. L'Hospital's Rule. Antiderivatives. Definite integrals. Area under a curve. I wish I could take all three but only have enough scholarship money for two. I'd appreciate your input! Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

natofone Posted January 12, 2010 Share Posted January 12, 2010 Not that I know anything, but the econometrics one looks good. Many of my friends currently in grad programs had to take calc 1 and 2 to prep for their methods courses. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

tskinner Posted January 12, 2010 Share Posted January 12, 2010 Calculus 2 is more important than Calculus 1...but you can't really skip it. However, the econometrics course will cover some of the more important statistics while taking a calculus course can show that you can do abstract math as well...so I would go for those two. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Ziz Posted January 12, 2010 Share Posted January 12, 2010 Definitely econometrics and calculus. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

thegradstudent Posted January 22, 2010 Share Posted January 22, 2010 economic statistics and calc 1 without a doubt. it's not even close. you're going to get probability and stats your first semester of grad school. the economic statistics and calc 1 background will make your life easier and better every semester thereafter. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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