Applied learning takes you further

Want to hit the ground running after earning your degree? Develop the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to build your professional profile through our experiential learning opportunities. You will apply the theory learned in class to real world projects, allowing you to build your resume while earning credit towards your degree.

Experiential Learning Courses

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POLI:3001 Hawkeye Poll
The nationally respected Hawkeye Poll engages students in all aspects of survey research, including survey sampling, question wording, data collection, data analysis, and report preparation and dissemination. View information from recent Hawkeye Poll surveys.

POLI:3127 Legislative Policy Seminar (IPRO)
Students prepare in-depth policy reports on issues important to the Iowa legislature and other state policymakers. Visit the IPRO webpage for more information.

POLI:3160 Solving Policy Problems Through Research
Policymakers often depend on concise policy briefs to provide them the information they need to make decisions. In this course, students learn the craft of writing these crucial documents.

POLI:3525 Iowa Policy and Opinion Lab (IPOL)
Students in IPOL collaborate to study policymaking and public opinion in Iowa. This includes examining policy choices in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and collecting data on public opinion among Iowans. The data will then be used to answer a variety of research questions. Visit the IPOL website for more information and recent policy reports.

POLI:3530 Diplomacy Lab
Students work in teams under the supervision of faculty members on projects for the U.S. Department of State.

Research Labs

Civil Wars Research Lab
Students engage in international relations research about the dynamics of conflict and cooperation in civil wars.

Disasters, Migration, and Violence (DMV) Lab
Collaborative research group studying when and why natural disasters lead to environmental migration and conflict around the world.

International Politics Research Team
This team collects data on international issues, including peace negotiations and grand strategy.

Students Advancing Latino Unity & Democracy (SALUD)
Students focus on solutions and remedies for policies that impact community health for Latinos living in Iowa. For the latest, follow SALUD on Instagram.

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