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Independent Research & Reading

Are you interested in working with a Political Science faculty member on an independent reading or research project?

PS 401 Research and PS 405 Reading are self-directed, individualized study courses designed to allow students the opportunity to explore an area of interest outside of the courses offered through the department. Students are responsible for finding a faculty advisor, arranging the details of their required work, and meeting all deadlines established in theĀ approved PS 401/405 Contract. After the contract is submitted and approved, the student will be authorized to register.

Guidelines and Procedures

PS 401/405 Contract


Please note: Students should submit the Contract at least 48 business hours prior to the registration deadline. PS 401 and 405 DO NOT count toward the political science subfield requirements. Additionally, although PS 401 and 405 may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, no more than 4 Pass/No Pass credits overall may be counted toward the political science major.

Interested in learning more? Discuss academic plans with our PS Advisors or review Major requirements!



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