POLS 4898 Research Practicum in Political Science

This is a supervised practical research experience involving the completion of an article-length research paper on a topic in political science or a closely related field that is suitable for presentation at an undergraduate-level academic conference, either independently or in collaboration with a faculty co-author. The paper should employ appropriate empirical methods for answering the student's research question, including data collection and analysis (if applicable), as well as demonstrating a grounding in the relevant literature on the subject matter. Students spend a minimum of nine hours per week conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member mutually agreed upon between the student, faculty member, and political science program coordinator. A formal presentation at an approved academic conference, or in another forum open to faculty and fellow students, is also required for credit.


3 credits

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POLS 3000 with a C or higher