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Political Science Capstone - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist undergraduate political science students in developing and writing their senior thesis paper for PS 1955.

Political Science Capstone: Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist you in developing your research topic and subsequent paper for PS 1955: Political Science Capstone, or other projects in the area of Political Science. It will also provide you with links to helpful sites and people.

According to the Pitt-Greensburg program sheet for political science, this discipline "encourages the student to analyze the theories, institutions, and processes of political systems; develop a continuing and responsible interest in political activity and public affairs; and provide a basis for citizenship through a fundamental understanding of the nature of political systems."

The Research Process in a Nutshell

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject. More specific search terms will yield better results. Some examples of broad topics that can be further narrowed down include:
    • Healthcare Reform
    • Democracy
    • Human Rights
    • Elections
    • Privatization
    • Government Influence
    • Security Doctrines
  • Search PittCat and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

These sample worksheets will help you refine your research topic, understand how to evaluate a scholarly journal article and explain what a literature review is.

Scholarly Associations

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is a professional organization for the study of political science.  Members from over 80 countries come together in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

Pi Sigma Alpha is one of several organizations that presents scholarly information in the field of history through conferences and publications.