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Research and Independent Study

See the Undergraduate Research page for examples of undergraduate research activities in Political Science.

Political Science 499

Political Science 499 is a course that allows students to pursue their own topics and fields of concentration under the supervision of a political science faculty member. Political Science faculty members eligible to supervise POL S 499 can be found here

Students interested in this option should either download the Learning Contract (PDF) or pick one up from an adviser in Smith 215. Working with the faculty member, the student should design the topic and course of study. This course may be taken either for a grade or on a Credit/No Credit basis. Students may earn up to 20 credits using this option. Note: Pol S 499 credits do not count toward the Political Science major, but may be used as University elective credits.

Political Science does not require all of its majors to write a senior thesis. Political Science 499C, however, provides an opportunity for those students interested in completing a longer research paper to receive credit for doing so. For additional information, consult an adviser in the Political Science Advising Office.