Chart your course with research
Conducting and interpreting research is at the core of our curriculum. We offer several courses that train students in research methods and how to use these skills to conduct original research. Many students also work one-on-one with faculty on research projects and several complete honors theses under the direction of faculty every semester.
Several courses offer students training in quantitative research methods and applied research skills.
- POLI:3530 Diplomacy Lab
Students work in teams under the supervision of faculty members on projects for the U.S. Department of State.
- POLI:3001 Hawkeye Poll
The nationally respected Hawkeye Poll engages students in all aspects of survey research, including survey sampling, question wording, data collection, data analysis, and report preparation and dissemination. View information from recent Hawkeye Poll surveys.
- POLI:3127 Legislative Policy Seminar (IPRO)
Students prepare in-depth policy reports on issues important to the Iowa legislature and other state policymakers. View what IPRO students recently worked on in the 2021 Hawkeye Policy Report.
- POLI:3160 Solving Policy Problems Through Research
Policymakers often depend on concise policy briefs to provide them the information they need to make decisions. In this course, students learn the craft of writing these crucial documents.
Assisting in Faculty Research
Almost all faculty members are actively engaged in political research on topics ranging from voting behavior to international conflict, and many of these professors engage undergraduates in their work. It is not unusual for professors and students to work side-by-side on projects that include conference presentations or publications. Browse our list of faculty and what research areas they specialize in.
For students interested in working on an independent project, the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) offers many resources and support. Others may choose to leverage political science alumni connections to land exciting internships with organizations involved in conducting and disseminating research.
How to get started?
If you're interested in pursing a research project, you may contact a faculty instructor directly or contact senior academic advisor, Martha Kirby. Once you're on your path and participating in conferences or presentations, you may qualify for financial assistance from the department.