USC 260: Research as a Profession

Broadly defined, research is an interconnected and global process that adds new knowledge, creativity, and innovation to any discipline, from the sciences to the arts to the humanities and in between. This course will provide students with the opportunity to engage in research in any discipline.

Course Structure for Spring 2020

  • 1st half of semester: Broad overview of research as a global enterprise, conceptualize independent research project
  • Spring Break: Travel to Prague to conduct research and explore the significance of research in the Czech Republic
  • 2nd half of semester: Analyze data, present project at the NC State Spring Research & Creativity Symposium

Course Meetings

  • At NC State, class meetings will take place on Fridays from 3:00-3:50pm.
  • In Prague, classes will take place at the European Center at various times throughout the week.

What will students gain?

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the distinct research/creativity processes among science/technology, social sciences, and arts.
  2. Describe the interrelatedness of research within science/technology, social sciences/humanities, and arts.
  3. Interpret relevant research governance within the sciences/technology, social sciences/humanities, and arts including the responsible conduct of research.
  4. Identify and examine distinguishing characteristics of technological or scientific developments in a society outside the United States.
  5. Describe research as an interconnected, interdisciplinary, and global process.
  6. Develop their own scientific research project
  7. Apply skills in data analysis to test hypotheses
  8. Compare and contrast research findings with the work of others
  9. Describe their research and findings in written and oral formats

Click here for a sample syllabus and schedule

Who should enroll?

Anyone! The course will particularly benefit students with little to no experience with undergraduate research.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! All students who enroll in USC 260 will receive a $500 research travel grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research. Additional scholarships are available through the Office of Study Abroad (scholarship deadline is September 15, 2019).

More Information

For more information, including program costs and scholarship information, check out the European Center in Prague.

Information Sessions:

  • September 25, 4-5pm, Talley 3220
  • October 7, 4-5pm, Talley 4105