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College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

POLI 269 - Empirical Research Methods

This course will equip you with the skills and intuition to think about politics in a more critical and organized way.  You will practice the scientific method - identifying a problem worthy of study, developing testable hypotheses, designing a research strategy, gathering data, analyzing data, and interpreting your results - and contemplate the philosophical conundrums that underlie our efforts to describe, explain, and interpret complex phenomena.  Every Semester. (4 credits) Empirical Methods: The department requires its majors to take one course in empirical research methodology, preferably before their junior year. There are a number of courses that fulfill this requirement, including: POLI 272 , SOCI 269 , SOCI 270 , SOCI 275 . In some cases, research methods courses taken in other social science disciplines may be used to fulfill this requirement following approval by the political science department chair. Every semester. (4 Credits)