Lewis College of Human Sciences students engage in thoughtful research projects across the humanities disciplines. These opportunities allow students to explore humanities as a scientist, gaining a deeper understanding of their area of study by applying research methods and technology to solve complex issues facing society.
Many faculty offer research opportunities for students in their courses and offer guided research mentorship. Students studying humanities will engage in empirical research and analysis, while those in digital humanities will learn digital research methods. Students studying communication will develop the strong research skills that are critical to communications-related careers in fields such as journalism, marketing, and technical communication.
Undergraduate students also have a unique opportunity to showcase their work, and potentially win an award, at Lewis College's Undergraduate Research Day. Hosted annually by the college, this event highlights research projects, internship experiences, creative projects, and senior capstones from students in the humanities, psychology, and social sciences departments.
Graduate students in the Department of Humanities become experts in using digital research methods to support individualized research projects involving humans and their relationships to technology. They also learn research-intensive approaches to digital design and production, including user experience research, and hone their web design/development and game design skills. Many graduate students in the Department of Humanities also have the opportunity to travel to academic conferences and present their own research.
A limited number of funded graduate research assistantships are available. In these scenarios, graduate students have the opportunity to provide research support to projects led by full-time faculty members. A limited number of graduate research assistant positions are also available within the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions.