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Introductory Statistical Methods and Applications for the Social Sciences

Program(s): Summer College, Undergraduate Courses

*Taught Online*  This course introduces and applies fundamental statistical concepts, principles, and procedures to the analysis of data in the social and behavioral sciences. Students will learn computation, interpretation, and application of commonly used descriptive and inferential statistical procedures as they relate to social and behavioral research. These include z-test, t-test, bivariate correlation and simple linear regression with an introduction to analysis of variance and multiple regression. The course emphasizes on understanding normal distributions, sampling distribution, hypothesis testing, and the relationship among the various techniques covered, and will integrate the use of a statistical program as a software tool for these techniques.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

For UChicago student: This course is equivalent to SOCI 20004/30004, CHDV 20101/3010, PSYCH 20100, SOSC 26009/36009, and other introductory level applied statistics courses. This course is NOT equivalent to STAT 22000.

This course is cross-listed with SOSC 30112. This course is included in the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods.

As with its sister course, SOSC 20111, this satisfies the methods requirement for the Comparative Human Development major, and the statistics requirement for the Sociology major. This course is an approved elective for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies major, and is an approved methodology course for the Health and Society minor.  It satisfies the methods requirement for the Public Policy Studies major. This course may be approved as an elective for additional majors by petition, including the Political Science major and the Education and Society minor.

Course Overview

Start Date

June 10

End Date

June 28

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Summer College
Undergraduate Courses

Class Details

Course Code

SOSC 20112 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


11:50 A.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks

Primary Instructor

Yanyan Sheng

Academic Interest

Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)