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Introduction:

The Research and Analysis track is designed to help students prepare for a career in the professional discipline of research and analysis underpinning most private and public entities and ventures. Core skills here will help you develop the experience needed to succeed in government agencies, non-profits, businesses, law firms and national security agencies. Those skills include conflict analysis, survey research, experimental methods, and qualitative methods. These skills will also help prepare you for an MBA, JD or a PhD in the social sciences.

Menu for Research and Analysis Major Track/Political Science (links):

  1. (link) Major Requirements for the Research and Analysis Track.
  2. (link) Core Skills to Develop: Program Outcomes:
    1. Understand Political Science and Its major Subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy.
    2. Demonstrate advanced understanding of one of the five Professional Tracks that will lead to your career after graduation: Political Strategy, Legal Studies, Global Development, Research & Analysis, International Strategy and Diplomacy.
    3. Employ Rigorous Research Methods of research design and analysis to answer political questions, including multiple research methodologies.
    4. Write and Speak with Originality and Clarity, providing reasons and evidence to support claims using proper citation of source material.
    5. Think Critically and Analytically about politics, government, political processes, and political theories, including the components of a good society.
    6. Collaborate Effectively with others, including participation in political processes and engagement on issues of political importance.
  3. (link) Post Graduate Work or Study Options
  4. (link) Mentors in Research and Analysis track
  5. (link) Job Tracks for Research and Analysis Major

 

  1. (Link) Major Requirements for Research and Analysis Track (in addition to the University General Education requirements) (30 hours total):
    1. Complete three (3) classes from requirement one (link), introduction to the major
    2. Complete one (1) course from requirement two (link)
    3. Complete one (1) course from requirement three (link)
    4. Complete one (1) course from requirement four (Poli 200 Political Inquiry) (link)
    5. Complete one (1) course from requirement five, research project (link)
    6. Complete one (2) courses from requirement six, analytical and professional skills (Poli 328 plus one more course from the list) (link)
    7. Complete fifteen (15) hours from requirement seven, your Professional Track: as follows: (link)
    8. Complete six (6) hours from requirement eight (upper level courses)(link)
    9. 27 hours of political science courses must be taken in residency at BYU (BYU Independent Study courses do not meet this requirement). These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
    10. Poli 101R and 297R do not count toward the major or any minor offered by the department.
    11. Only 6 hours of Poli 399R (internship credit) may count toward the major.
    12. No cooperative education (internship) credit from other universities or colleges will be accepted toward the major.
    13. All students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. Established programs are available through Washington Seminar, Utah State Legislature, or the Kennedy Center.
    14. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the American Government and/or Comparative Government AP exams may substitute AP credit for Poli 110 or Poli 150, respectively.

We strongly encourage students to take Poli 298R, a career lecture series course

 

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS TRACK:

GROUP 7.5.1 Complete 3 courses

POLI 302 - Experimental Research Methods3.0

POLI 303 - Qualitative Methods3.0

POLI 304 - Game Theory in Political Science3.0

POLI 305 - Survey Research Methods3.0

POLI 306R - Topics in Political Science Methods3.0

You may take up to 9 credit hours.

POLI 367 - Contemporary Political Theory3.0

POLI 400 - Research Project in Political Theory3.0

POLI 410 - Research Project in American Politics3.0

POLI 421 - Constitutional Law - Rights and Immunities3.0

POLI 428 - Advanced Statistical Analysis3.0

POLI 430 - Research Project in Public Policy3.0

POLI 450 - Research Project in Comparative Politics3.0

POLI 465 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences3.0

POLI 470 - Research Project in International Relations3.0

POLI 497R - Mentored Research6.0v

GROUP 7.5.2 Complete 2 courses

C S 142 - Introduction to Computer Programming3.0

ECON 478 - Game Theory and Economics3.0

ECON 488 - Applied Econometrics3.0

ECON 588 - Advanced Econometrics3.0

GEOG 212 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3.0

GEOG 213 - Earth Observation and Image Interpretation2.0

PHIL 205 - Introduction to Formal Logic3.0

POLI 302 - Experimental Research Methods3.0

POLI 303 - Qualitative Methods3.0

POLI 304 - Game Theory in Political Science3.0

POLI 305 - Survey Research Methods3.0

POLI 306R - Topics in Political Science Methods3.0

POLI 317 - Public Opinion and Voting Behavior4.0v

POLI 367 - Contemporary Political Theory3.0

POLI 400 - Research Project in Political Theory3.0

POLI 410 - Research Project in American Politics3.0

POLI 421 - Constitutional Law - Rights and Immunities3.0

POLI 430 - Research Project in Public Policy3.0

POLI 450 - Research Project in Comparative Politics3.0

POLI 465 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences3.0

POLI 470 - Research Project in International Relations3.0

POLI 497R - Mentored Research6.0v

STAT 151 - Introduction to Bayesian Statistics3.0

STAT 230 - Analysis of Variance3.0

STAT 234 - Methods of Survey Sampling3.0

STAT 435 - Nonparametric Statistical Methods3.0

STAT 531 - Experimental Design