Certificate in Applied Research & Inquiry

Research important issues with your peers

Fall 2014 class

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

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 O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Honors Notation.

Additional features and benefits

  • Small classes, taught by exceptional faculty, will develop a strong community of like-minded students.
  • 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.