Research addressing global and international issues is a fundamental part of the IAS program. IAS Program faculty and students are actively engaged in research projects that explore historical and contemporary issues around the world and draw on various disciplinary approaches. The research projects allow for, and help develop, a variety of skills that distinguish IAS from disciplinary programs: IAS scholars speak at least one foreign language, they are conscious participants of intercultural encounters, and they are aware of historical and cultural linkages across political and geographical boundaries. IAS scholars are prepared to use various methodological and theoretical approaches that suit their questions and take into account the cultural, political, and historical specificity of their research sites.
Many IAS courses include research components and final projects. In addition, IAS encourages students to gain credit through approved independent study projects, supervised research under the direction of IAS faculty, or participation in the IAS Research Assistant Team (Directed Research in IAS L97 4005). Additional opportunities may periodically exist to join faculty projects. If interested, students may also form research cohorts under faculty direction.
Students are encouraged to publish their original research in a Senior Honors Thesis and/or are strongly encouraged to submit to and present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Qualified graduates are recognized by the IAS program as Research Scholars each year.