Res Publica Undergraduate Political Science Research Journal
Illinois Wesleyan University’s Department of Political Science and our Pi Sigma Alpha
Chapter are pleased to publish Res Publica, a journal of original undergraduate research. Our editorial board selects from among
the submitted papers that appear to make the most substantive contributions to the
This publication reflects our department’s increasing emphasis upon developing each
student’s analytical and research skills. We have made great strides toward these
ends in recent years by restructuring our curriculum—in particular, the Research Methods
and Senior Seminar courses.
Survey Research Project
As part of the requirements in Research Methods, students are involved in all phases
of a survey research project analyzing public opinion and attitudes. This includes
survey development, design, sample selection, implementation (students do all the
calling), data presentation, and data analysis.
In order for our students to observe contemporary political scientists presenting
their latest research, the department sends students to professional conferences.
These include the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Chicago
and the national conference of the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington
Students Involved in Faculty Research
Another shift toward the development of professional research skills has come from
faculty involving students in their own research projects. For example, our students
have worked with us in:
Collecting data examining the impact of the line-item veto upon fiscal policies in
Party behavior in the Hungarian parliament.
State and presidential voting patterns.
We are pleased with our recent progress and look forward to the continued development
of an outstanding and innovative undergraduate political science program.
Editions of Res Publica
The students in the Political Science department publish one Res Publica volume each year.