Research & Publishing Opportunties
Research Apprenticeship Program
TheResearch Apprenticeship Program is an excellent opportunity to learn how political science is done and to help you make the transition from the kind of writing typically assigned in classes to original research of your own.
At the beginning of each semester, the Director of Undergraduate Studies sends an e-mail to Political Science majors with a list of available research projects and how to apply for them. All Political Science majors are eligible to apply.
Seniors with a 3.55 grade point average are strongly encouraged to consider writing asenior thesis, which makes them eligible for departmental honors at graduation.
The two-semester thesis writing course takes the place of one Writing Seminar and is an excellent opportunity to perform independent research. At the end of the year, the department presents awards for the outstanding thesis in each subfield.
Political Science majors develop arguments and gain skills in quantitative analysis by undertaking independent research projects.
Guided by a faculty mentor, they have been successful in securing funding for their research, especially by applying for Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grants from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. The Department also offers Strake Grants for senior thesis research. Applications for the Strake Grant are accepted on a rolling basis.
Students on the Dean's list may apply for permission to take a Directed Readings course.
Directed Readings are a good way for students to pursue their interests, especially on topics that may have a more specific focus than a regular course. This course involves research on a topic building on the student's interest and previous coursework. Students choose a faculty reader with whom to work.
A Directed Readings course must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or Advisor and the Undergraduate Dean.
Please download the Dean's Directed Readings form to begin the approval process.
Students should consider submitting their research for publication.
Beyond Politics: An Undergraduate Review of Politics
This journal is published by the University of Notre Dame and is peer-reviewed exclusively for the publication of outstanding undergraduate research in the field of political science.
Our mission is to increase the circulation and discussion of student research in the Department of Political Science.
Following is a list of undergraduate journals from other universities.