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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Research

The best thinkers are also excellent inquirers and writers. Our students and faculty work closely together on a variety of student-led, faculty-led, and collaborative undergraduate research projects. Examples include:

  • Senior Seminar: All majors are required to take the Senior Seminar capstone course. This course is designed to guide you through the process of writing a professional quality argument paper. Each student works closely with a faculty member to develop, write and defend the paper before a committee of faculty. Faculty also supervise the student’s research in preparation for the comprehensive exams.
  • Student Conferences and Publications: Faculty work closely with students to refine your work for presentation at academic conferences and for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Our students have presented at Christopher Newport’s undergraduate conference, Paideia, and published in Dialogue: Journal of Phi Sigma Tau.
  • Research Grants: We encourage students to apply for grants to pursue research topics on your own and in conjunction with faculty. Our majors have recently been accepted into the Summer Scholars Program, won Honors Summer Research Stipends and contributed to major National Science Foundation grant applications.
  • Independent Study: Students interested in more in-depth research topics can pursue an Independent Study with a faculty member. These courses are specially designed to explore your scholarly interests, and often result in a major research paper or presentation.

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