Course is open to junior political science majors who intend to write an honors thesis during their senior year. Purpose of the course is to develop a thesis project, and to prepare students to conduct independent research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Students will acquire the skills required to formulate a research question, develop a research design, conduct literature reviews, and gather appropriate data. Major component of the class will be to practice these skills through weekly written assignments, and the completion of a research proposal for the honors thesis project. Course will not fulfill capstone requirement for political science major.