The department encourages students to enhance their classroom learning by seeking opportunities to do primary research in the community.
The political science department requires one semester of off-campus study to enrich the liberal arts experience.
Students are also encouraged to enrich their academic experience through studying abroad.
In order to share their scholarly work, political science students also are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for research publication and presentation. Students may present work at the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference. Also, see the Student Honors Papers collection. Finally, students may submit their original research for publication in Res Publica, IWU's unique undergraduate journal of political science.