POL*401*10 Description

Empirical Political Research

An introduction to current research techniques and methodology in political science, normally taken by majors in the first semester of the senior year. The course includes a discussion of the use of theory building, hypothesis testing, survey research, statistics, and computers in empirical political inquiry. Much of the class will be interactive, as students learn basic data analysis techniques using statistical software. Students will work in groups to develop, administer, and analyze their own survey of the political attitudes of the student population of Washington College. Prerequisite(s): POL 102 and POL 104