Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Psychology

Academics

Psychology 198. Experimental Courses

Statistics for Social Scientists

This course is intended for students in disciplines that require knowledge of statistical methods used in behavioral and social science research. It is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of probability theory as well as the basic statistical techniques and procedures used by researchers in the social sciences. You will learn how to organize and present data, and how to select, run, and interpret various statistical tests. The course focuses on the use of statistical techniques as tools in the scientific process and will introduce students to SPSS, a common statistical analysis software for the social sciences. You will learn to critically evaluate research conclusions in the social science literature and in the popular press. Finally, you will be prepared to design and conduct quantitative research and clearly communicate your findings and conclusions.