Research Methods Course

Research Methods Course

The research methods course will introduce students to epistemological questions both within and between disciplines. Students from many disciplines will work together with a faculty mentor to begin their capstone projects.  This course will help them find a project advisor, define their learning objectives, explore methodology, consider the nature of disciplines and interdisciplinarity, and begin their literature review.  This course must be completed prior to the capstone honors project must be pre-approved by the Honors Director/Committee.     The Honors program committee envisions that division seminars (i.e. Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, etc.) will be offered with rotating faculty of record.  Departments with existing research methodology courses could apply for Honors designation to meet this requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Research Methodology Course

Upon completion of the Research Methodology Course, students will be able to:

  • examine various methodologies for conducting research appropriate to a discipline
  • critique scholarly literature to document research problems and solutions
  • analyze the elements of an effective problem thesis
  • analyze and critique the elements of research articles
  • examine methods of collecting, analyzing and organizing data
  • articulate a quality research proposal


  • AMST 201 – Introduction to American Studies
  • ANTH 298 – Ethnography
  • ARTS 474 – Professional Practice in Studio Arts
  • BIOL 260 – The Research Process
  • BIOL 481 – Readings in the Biological Sciences
  • COMM 341 – Communication Research Methods
  • DSCI 259 – Business/Quantitative Methods
  • CHEM 491 – Independent Study in Chemistry (Honors) or Readings
  • ECON 300 – Introduction to Economic Analysis
  • ENGL 295 – Methods of Advanced Literary Studies
  • GEOG 365 – Field Methods in Geography
  • HISP 461 – Laboratory in Building in Forensics
  • HISP 462 – Laboratory Methods in Archaeology
  • HISP 463 – Museum Design and Interpretation
  • HISP 469 – Lab in Preservation Planning
  • HIST 298 – History Practicum
  • MATH 491 – Directed Study
  • PHYS 317 – Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • PSCI 391 – Research and Writing
  • PSYC 362 – Research Methods for Psychology
  • SOCG 364 – Methods of Social Research
  • URES 197 – Readings in Chemistry