Methodology at Notre Dame emphasizes teaching and research centered on the set of tools that students need to advance in their scholarly and professional careers. Our faculty cover a wide array of methodological perspectives and substantive applications. The field is designed to administer an undergraduate curriculum in statistical analysis of political data as well as a graduate specialization in methodology.
We offer rigorous training in both quantitative and qualitative forms of inquiry. The quantitative methods sequence begins with foundational courses in statistics, research design, and econometrics and progresses to maximum likelihood estimation and generalized linear models. We also offer advanced courses on a range of topics, including causal inference, Bayesian statistics, experiments, and survey research. The qualitative sequence surveys key issues in qualitative methods and research design, such as causal complexity and inference, case selection and case study, QCA methodology, and practical field research training.