All Princeton undergraduates are required to complete substantial independent research as part of their studies. In Politics, this takes the form of two junior papers, one each in the fall and spring semesters, and a year-long senior thesis. Each project requires the student to design a plan of academic research and complete a piece of writing that is of substantial scholarly quality.
The fall junior paper is completed as part of a junior workshop, in which students receive group instruction and individual advising. The junior paper in the spring term is written under the supervision of a faculty adviser. The senior thesis is also developed and completed under the supervision of a faculty adviser.
NOTE: Effective with the Class of 2018, fall junior research workshops will, in addition to the small groups, include a plenary component that provides common instructions in research procedures and techniques. Instead of a paper, juniors will complete a series of assignments building up to a research prospectus.