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Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Minor

Quantitative skills are highly valued in a variety of fields. Training provided by the quantitative methods minor can provide a competitive edge on the job market or for future graduate study.

Many advances in quantitative methods used in the social sciences and education are not covered in standard undergraduate introductory statistics courses. This minor exposes students to more recent developments in quantitative methods with concrete applications to practice. Emphasis is on application of methods to real social science data and interpretation of results. The quantitative methods minor helps students become better consumers and producers of scientific research. Students will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in measurement and the statistical analysis of social science data.

Structure of the Minor

Prerequisites for the minor are completion of the introductory statistics sequence that is already required by the undergraduate psychology majors. This sequence is:

  • PSY-PC 2101: Introduction to Statistical Analysis (3 credits; required)*

  • PSY 209: Quantitative Methods

  • PSY-PC 2102: Statistical Analysis (3 credits; required)*

The Quantitative Methods minor is an 18-hour minor. The 18 hours include both PSY-PC 2101 (or PSY 209) and PSY-PC 2102, and these serve as prerequisites for the electives. Following completion of these prerequisites, the minor requires four additional courses (12 credits; electives).* Any four courses offered by the Quantitative Methods program are applicable and at most three credits of directed research/independent study can count toward the minor. Students with interest in the directed research/independent study can contact individual Quantitative Methods faculty directly here.

*Important: There must be 15 unique hours for the minor that are not being used for any other major or minor.

Courses that would satisfy the elective requirements (pick 4):

  • PSY-PC 2530: Psychometric Methods (Sun-Joo Cho, David Lubinski)*
  • PSY-PC 2540: Psychometrics (David Lubinski)*
  • PSY-PC 2550: Modern Robust Statistical Methods (Jim Steiger)
  • PSY-PC 2560: Applied Latent Class and Mixture Modeling (Sonya Sterba)*
  • PSY-PC 2570: Latent Growth Curve Modeling (Sonya Sterba)*
  • PSY-PC 2580: Correlation and Regression (Joe Rodgers, Jim Steiger)*
  • PSY-PC 2590: Introduction to Item Response Theory (Sun-Joo Cho)*
  • PSY-PC 2600: Factor Analysis (Kris Preacher)
  • PSY-PC 2610: Applied Nonparametric Statistics (Kris Preacher)
  • PSY-PC 2620: Multivariate Statistics (Jim Steiger)*

*courses being offered in the 2014-2015 academic year

Prior to enrolling in a specific course, please contact the instructor regarding prerequisites. Undergraduates may request to be enrolled in QM courses not yet cross-listed as undergraduate courses by completing two forms:

1. A drop/add card to obtain the instructor's permission to take the course.

2. A degree audit substitution form form to indicate that you would like the course to count toward the QM minor.

Once the forms are complete, they should be submitted to the Peabody Registrar's office in the Peabody Administration Building. The student will then be registered in the course, and the degree audit adjusted appropriately, assuming there is room in the course.

We anticipate adding more courses to this list in the future. Check back regularly for updates. For inquires about the undergraduate Quantitative Methods minor, email Kris Preacher.