Getting involved in research projects is a great way to gain practical skills and prepare for graduate school and your future career. See the resources below for the many opportunities to participate in research projects on campus and within the Luskin School.
Learn more about the Public Affairs faculty and consider contacting them to explore the availability of undergraduate research opportunities, through a paid or volunteer position, or a course such as PUB AFF 199.
PUB AFF 99 (1 to 2 units) is entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). This course is offered every quarter and must be arranged by the student via an individual contract. See below, in the Undergraduate Research Center Resources section, for more information. This course may be repeated and must be taken P/NP.
Research Apprenticeship in Public Affairs
PUB AFF 196 (2 to 4 units) is supervised research or investigation under the guidance of a faculty mentor, on a project that is usually defined by the faculty mentor. This course is offered every quarter and must be arranged by the student via an individual contract. The course is limited to juniors and seniors and is offered P/NP only.
Honors Research in Public Affairs
PUB AFF 198 (4 units) is for students who wish to complete an original research thesis, driven by student-defined interests and independent work. PA 198 is applied towards the Public Affairs Departmental Honors Program. Students must meet the Public Affairs Departmental Honors Program eligibility requirements and apply to the program in Spring of the Junior year.
Directed Research or Senior Project in Public Affairs
PUB AFF 199 (2 to 6 units) is supervised individual research or investigation under the guidance of faculty mentor. A culminating paper or project is required. This course is offered every quarter and must be arranged by the student via an individual contract. The course is limited to juniors and seniors and can be taken P/NP or for a letter grade.