The opportunities for student research are diverse, robust, and numerous. In addition to curriculum-based research, students can initiate semester-long independent research projects for credit, and many take advantage of grant-funded programs for summer research worldwide.
Whether in the sciences, arts, or humanities, students take ownership over their research projects and in many cases serve as first or second authors on published work.
In addition to research-based coursework, our thesis/capstone program is designed to promote, develop and recognize individual excellence through a semester of directed independent research. As a political science major, you will choose a topic as part of a required seminar course and work closely with a course instructor throughout your project.
Recent and current faculty/student collaborative research topics include: the peace process in Colombia, voting rights laws in North Carolina, higher education sustainability ratings, and patterns of jihadi violence in Kenya, among others.
In addition to the many DRI-supported opportunities, a variety of offices on campus offer grants or are affiliated with external grant programs.