Statistics and interdisciplinary study are the focus of three new academic programs at the University of Virginia (UVA), The Daily Progress reports. Two of them — both undergraduate — begin this year, while a third — a new Ph.D. program in the School of Architecture — will begin in 2014.

The UVa College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is offering a new minor — statistical analysis of social behavior — while the McIntire School of Commerce adds a new study track called quantitative finance. Both programs are intended to help students deal with the growing importance of data and...

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