Political Science

Junior Qual

The Junior Qualifying Examination in Political Science is taken very seriously by the faculty. It consists of two parts: passing the Junior Seminar (POL 300 or 302) and writing a research design over the course of a semester with a professor in the department. The research design portion is typically based on the subject matter in a concurrent or previously-taken 300- or 400-level course, and consists of three parts: An initial short written proposal; a draft research design based on that review; and the final product, a revised research design. Junior Qual Samples are accessed via the Junior Qual Moodle (Fall 2016; Spring 2017). See the Junior Qual Handbook for a longer description and details.

Policies

The research design portion of the examination is typically written in conjunction with or following completion of a 300- or 400-level course that the student is taking in Political Science in the semester immediately preceding their senior year, but may be taken earlier as long as two of the three introductory courses and one 300- or 400-level course have been completed. In the first week of classes, the student submits a request to write the research design to the qual czar and a professor with whom they have taken or are taking a 300- or 400-level course. No more than 5 designs can be written in a semester under any one professor. When there are more than five requests, the five design writers are selected at the department's discretion. Designs may not ordinarily be written based on the content of 200-level political science courses. 

Students going on terms abroad must make early arrangements to complete the three requirements of the junior qualifying examinations. This is their responsibility. Standard accommodations can be made for students on terms abroad in their second semester of their junior year.

This Year's Deadlines

Fall 2016 Junior Qualifying Examination

Week 1

Request to Qual Czar
and Professor

12 PM, Fri, Sep 2 Moodle
Week 3 Proposal Due 12 PM, Mon, Sep 12 Moodle
Week 12
Week 11 of instruction
Draft Research Designs Due

12 PM, Mon, Nov 14

Moodle

Week 16
Finals week
Final Papers Due 12 PM, Mon, Dec 12 Moodle


Spring 2017 Junior Qualifying Examination

Week 1

Request to Qual Czar
and Professor

12 PM, Fri, Jan 27 Moodle
Week 3 Proposal Due 12 PM, Mon, Feb 6 Moodle
Week 12
Week 11 of instruction
Draft Research Designs Due 12 PM, Mon, Apr 10  Moodle
Week 16
Finals week
Final Papers Due 12 PM, Mon, May 8 Moodle

Resources

To assist you with the qual, a number of frequently-updated and electronic resources have been placed online. Important resources include:

  1. Junior Qual Samples. The Qual Czar has placed sample research designs on the qual Moodle, which juniors will have access to as soon as they notify the Czar of their intention to qual in a given semester.
  2. Core Source Materials for the Literature Review. This includes specialized sources for subfields of political science, sources for locating and borrowing books and journal articles, databases and indexes for scholarly literature and current news, tools for locating legal information, government publications, and statistics.

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Contact

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Political Science Department
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

Ph: 503-517-5075

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