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SOC 261 Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (CORE—Foundation)

Prerequisites: SOC 260 or permission of instructor and MATH 099 or Level II placement on the Basic Math Skills Inventory. (Second semester/4 credits)

An introduction to the methods used to analyze and interpret quantitative social science data with an applied focus. Topics include using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, locating and downloading data sets from the internet, reading and interpreting quantitative social science research reports (including surveys, evaluation research, and observational and experimental designs), and the effective communication of quantitative results in written and visual forms. Some attention is also given to descriptive statistics and measures of central tendency, hypothesis testing, the logic of inferential statistics, and choosing the appropriate statistical application for a given research problem.