This course is a seminar devoted to the careful study of democratic theory which ties together the various disciplines learned throughout the International Studies major: history, political philosophy, ancient and modern politics, and economic theory and practice. Students bring these matters to bear to gain a fuller understanding of democratic theory and the philosophy of liberty. A thesis that discusses some aspect of these issues and their relevance for an emerging free, prosperous and democratic Iraq will be required.


This particular section will focus on providing all the tools necessary to research, write, and edit a research paper. This undergraduate research seminar represents a chance for students to delve deeper into an important social question of their choosing. It builds on their experience of various disciplines learned throughout the International Studies major: history, political philosophy, ancient and modern politics, and economic theory and practice. Students bring these matters to bear to gain a fuller understanding of their research topic with the goal to contextualize their specific research within wider social debates. Along the way, students will gain practical skills geared towards a greater professionalization of their research.