GOVT 4949

GOVT 4949

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

This seminar creates a structured environment in which honors students will examine different  research approaches and methods and construct a research design for their own theses—a thesis proposal that probes a new or inadequately researched question of importance to the discipline of political science or political theory. Apart from being a thesis writing workshop, the honors research class serves as a capstone course giving an overview of the different topics and methods addressed by students of politics. Members of the class will do extensive reading in published work relevant to their topics, and write a critical summary of that literature. Each member of the class will present their research design and central question(s) to the class for constructive criticism. By the end of the class, each honors student will have written the first chapter of the thesis, including the statement of the question, literature review, key definitions, methodology, and identification of data source(s). They will be working closely with an individual faculty adviser, as well as interacting with the research class. Students are strongly encouraged to examine some past honors theses on reserve at Kroch library in order to get an idea of the standards a government thesis must meet.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: acceptance into honors program.

Satisfies Requirement This course satisfies the government senior seminar requirement.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5852GOVT 4949  SEM 101

    • MWhite Hall 106
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Bensel, R

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    This class fulfills the government senior seminar requirement.