Research Requirement

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.

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