Statistics are useful for many fields of social sciences. A course in statistics is often a prerequisite for upper-level courses in sociology and economics. This course, which mainly focuses on descriptive and inferential statistics, is open to all students who have already covered the topics of Introduction to Calculus with Algebra in high school. Aside from an introduction to the theoretical basics, students will learn to apply the concepts using R.

- Introductory Statistics (1990) – Thomas H. Wonnacott and Ronald J. Wonnacott
- Basic Statistics for Social Research (2012) – Hanneman, R., Kposowa, A. & M. Riddle
- Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (2007) – Alan Agresti and Barbara Finlay
- Statistics in Plain English (2010) – Timothy J. Urdan
- simpleR - Using R for Introductory Statistics (2002) — John Verzan
- Introduction to Probability and Statistics Using R (2011) - G. Jay Kerns

- Week: Introduction to Statistics & Descriptive Statistics Part 1 (January 20, 2014)
- Week: Descriptive Statistics Part 2 & Introduction to R (January 27, 2014)
- Lecture slides 2
- Problem set 2
- Data for problem set 2
- Problem set 2 with solutions
- Code for problem set 2
- Week: Probability (February 3, 2014)
- Week: Random Variables and Distributions (February 10, 2014)
- Week: Partial Exam 1 (March 10, 2014)
- Week: Two Random Variables & Special Distributions (March 17, 2014)
- Week: Sampling & Estimation Part 1 (March 24, 2014)
- Week: Estimation Part 2 (March 31, 2014)
- Week: Hypothesis Tests (April 7, 2014)
- Week: Regression Analysis (April 14, 2014)
- Week: Partial Exam 2 & Review (Two lectures; April 22, 2014)