Course Number :
Course Title: CAPSTONE 1: RESEARCH METHODS (Political Science)
Research Methods is the first course in a two-semester Capstone sequence. Students are expected to enroll in Capstone 1 as juniors and to take Capstone 2 in the subsequent semester. Capstone 1 introduces students to research methods used by political scientists and historians, focusing on a seminar theme. Students will gain a working knowledge of the theory and practice underlying diverse methods of inquiry. Students will be introduced to computer software used in conducting research. The course will help students to formulate a research question, develop a literature review, and craft a research design for their Capstone research papers. Additionally, students will consider career and graduate study opportunities, developing individualized professional development plans.