Fall 2022

Senior Honors Seminar

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-410


Amrita Basu (Section 01)


The senior honors seminar is designed for students who are writing theses in the Political Science department. We will begin by refining students’ thesis proposals to ensure that they are asking clear, researchable questions, defining the scope of their projects, and demonstrating the significance of their topics. We will then work on literature reviews, research strategies, and devising appropriate methodologies. Students will do several short writing assignments pertaining to their theses over the course of the semester. The final project will entail oral presentations and one to two draft thesis chapters. Students who enroll in this seminar will also work separately with their thesis advisors.

Limted to 25 students. Requsite: Open only to students who have been accepted into the Political Science honors program. Fall semester. Professor Basu.

How to handle overenrollment: Will accept only students who have been accepted into the Political Science honors program.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Independent research, oral presentations, and group work.

POSC 410 - LEC

Section 01
W 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM COOP 101

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods - 4th Edition CQ Press - 4th edition Lisa Baglione Amherst Books TBD
The Craft of Research (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing), Fourth Edition University of Chicago Press; Fourth edition Wayne Booth, et al Amherst Books TBD
Developing Research Questions Red Globe Press Patrick White Amherst Books TBD
Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power University of Chicago Press Edward Schatz Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022