GIST 697. Research and Diplomacy Lab. 3 Hours S.

This course is designed to provide students with basic tools and an understanding of interdisciplinary social science research and to simultaneously partner with an innovative program implemented by the US Department of State. While learning about the research process and research design, students enrolling in this course team up with a group of four or more students to address a real world problem posed by a State Department officer with whom they have contact through videoconferencing throughout the semester. The team engages in extensive and systematic research to address the problem and presents their finding in a formal report presented to the State Department in the desired format. (Same as POLS 690.) Prerequisite: GIST 301 or POLS 150 or POLS 170 or instructor permission. LEC.