This course introduces quantitative research methods and statistical analysis from a sociological
perspective. We will address the major components of the research process and will stress the
importance of critical thinking in all matters numerical. We will cover measures of central
tendency, the normal curve, probability, frequency distributions, correlation, and regression. We
will also work on thinking, writing, and speaking about quantitative data.
By the end of the course, you will have mastered basic statistical concepts and techniques and
learned how to write about quantitative data in a concise and cogent manner. You will also be
able to critically examine and evaluate common (mis)uses of statistical concepts.