A final research project provides the focal point
or capstone of the Policy Studies experience. Research experience
benefits students by providing important skills that will increase
their performance in the workplace or in graduate or professional
school. It is also an important component of an interdisciplinary
major because research provides the opportunity for students to bring
their diverse sources of knowledge together. This allows students
the opportunity to apply the analytical policy skills acquired in
the basic curriculum to the specialized knowledge that comes from
work in the area curriculum. In consultation with the Policy Studies
advisor, each student must select a research seminar or complete an
approved research project through independent study or other credit.
This will count as one course, bringing the total for the major to
11 courses. SOSC 400, the Policy Studies Research Seminar, also counts
for this requirement.