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CSSH provides students with an array of research opportunities at every stage of their academic careers.

These opportunities include:

  • The Undergraduate Research Initiative, which funds student research and creative activity in collaboration with faculty members;
  • The CSSH Undergraduate Research Forum, at which students present their original research to peers and faculty;
  • Undergraduate research practica, in which students early in their career develop their research skills under the supervision of a faculty member;
  • Research-based co-ops, in which students develop their research skills in workplace settings;
  • Honors Junior/Senior Projects, in which Honors students carry out independent research projects of significant scope; and
  • Honors in the Major, in which students complete a CSSH honors research project.

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CSSH Opportunities

2991 Research -(Class) Introductory, independent research in your major.

Involves students in collaborative research under the supervision of a faculty member. Offers students an opportunity to learn basic research methods in the discipline. Earns from 1-4 credits. For information about registering for this class reach out to your academic advisor advisor.

Research Co-op - Develop transferable research skills


4991 Research - (Class) Advanced-level, independent research (with faculty mentor) in your major.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Earns 4 credits.

4970/4971 Junior/Senior Honors Seminar

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field for Honors in the Discipline (Major). Students may enroll in one or both semesters depending on extent of the project.

To learn more about the Honors in the Major click here.

Undergraduate Research Initiative

The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) provides funding undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to carry out research or creative activity with the mentorship of a faculty member with relevant expertise.

Funding supports research-related activities such as the purchase of data or software, trips to archives, library cards, preparation of materials for presentation, or stipends for research conducted in lieu of employment. Students must conduct research with or under the supervision of a qualified faculty member and must make an original and distinct contribution.

There are three funding cycles.  The deadlines are: March 15 for funding in following summer and fall semesters; July 31 for in fall semester; and October 31 for funding in following semester. Visit the URI application page and complete the online application form by the deadline for the cycle for which you are interested.

To learn more about the Undergraduate Research Initiative click here.

INSH 2992 - Transcript recognition for research not documented elsewhere

This 0-credit class offers students an opportunity to document contributions to research projects or creative endeavors that are not otherwise credited. The class requires a faculty mentor and will appear on your transcript as INSH 2992: Research.

Undergraduate Research Forum - Present your research in CSSH