GVPT majors are strongly encouraged to participate in independent research with GVPT faculty members. The independent study option provides students opportunities to work one-on-one with a faculty member doing research on a topic of the student’s choosing. Students should expect to devote approximately 12 hours per week for 15 weeks to the independent study. GVPT Advisors are available to assist students in identifying appropriate research topics and in selecting the GVPT faculty mentor. Independent Study is generally available for students who have 56 cumulative credits earned and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
The Center for American Politics and Citizenship runs a Research Assistantship Program for students interested in developing their research and professional skills as well as gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of the study of American politics. Detailed information about this program can be found on CAPC's website here.