Every academic year, CU Political Science students have the chance to give learn by doing. Most classes require several in-class presentations, and several require students participate in the Division of Social Sciences Poster Fair. Recent CU students have also given presentations at the Midwest Political Science Association, the Kentucky Political Science Association, the Appalachian College Association Annual Summit, and the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference.
Other Research and Presentation Opportunities Include:
Spring Research Practicum
Every semester, junior and senior students in the Division of Social Science have the opportunity to participate in an intense research seminar based upon a design they developed in a previous course, or with the help of a supervising professor. Students will present the paper at a professional research conference after Spring Break.
Colonel Lee B. Ledford Scholarship
As a member of the Appalachian College Association, CU provides political science majors the opportunity to get paid to do summer research. Political Science majors, working with a faculty sponsor, can earn an hourly wage plus have expenses covered to assist with field research and collect data.
All graduating seniors must participate in a Senior Seminar Capstone. Students get to choose between completing a senior thesis (recommended for graduate school applicants) or participating in a hands on learning experience that involves building a website, blogging, policy analysis, and on-air/on-camera work through CU's radio and television studios.
Working with their faculty, students frequently participate in authentic learning projects designed to provide real-world applications. These include the webdesign projects such as Modern Presidency: The Race to the White House 2012 and the 2016 Election Coverage, the later of which had students travel across Iowa during the Presidential caucuses.