Certificate in Applied Research & Inquiry

Research important issues with your peers

In the Certificate in Applied Research and Inquiry, you—along with other curious, engaged students—will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore how important thinkers from economics, law, political science, environmental science, and sociology have approached crucial issues of governance and public affairs
  • Research an important contemporary policy issue

Commit to taking five courses

You'll take two sophomore-year courses to gain a foundational understanding of the role and purpose of government, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and the ways scholars and practitioners have suggested creating a more just and free society.

You'll take two courses in your junior year and one in your senior year. These courses will prepare you to research contemporary policy issues. You will learn to formulate a strong research question, write a literature review, collect and organize data, and write a prospectus. In your senior year, you will work with faculty members and experts from outside the university on your thesis.

All courses in the Certificate in Applied Research and Inquiry (CARI) count toward the General Honors Notation from the Hutton Honors College and the SPEA Honors Notation.

Additional features and benefits

  • Small classes, taught by exceptional faculty, will develop a strong community of like-minded students.
  • You will be invited to meet with a wide range of speakers and take part in professional development opportunities.
  • You will interact with individuals and organizations that work on issues that you care about, forming a vital network for developing a meaningful career path.
  • High-caliber internships and opportunities for travel and study-abroad will contribute to the development of your research project and post-graduation opportunities.