Fall 2021

Senior Honors Seminar

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-410

Formerly listed as: POSC-50

Moodle site: Course


Kerry E. Ratigan (Section 01)


The senior honors seminar is designed for students who are writing theses in the Political Science department. We will begin by students refining their research proposals to ensure that they are asking clear, researchable questions, defining the scope of their projects, and demonstrating the significance of their topics. The instructor will then work with students in conducting literature reviews, pursuing feasible research strategies, and developing appropriate methodologies. We will consult with the research librarians and members of the Writing Center. Students will do several short writing assignments pertaining to their theses over the course of the semester. They will work in groups, either in person or remotely, under the supervision of the instructor, for the entire semester. The final project will be one to two draft thesis chapters. Students who enroll in this seminar will also work separately with their thesis advisors.

Open to students who have been accepted into the Political Science honors program. Limited to 26 students. Fall semester. Assistant Professor Ratigan.


Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2020, Fall 2021