Student Research

Coe's political science majors have many opportunities to conduct their own research projects such as writing a senior thesis, presenting work at an intercollegiate political science conference, participating in Coe’s student research symposium, or preparing for a national Model United Nations simulation.

  • Recent senior thesis topics include: global trade of DVDs, sustainable development in the Amazon, the 2004 Spanish general election, female politicians in France and the United States, impact of the No Child Left Behind Act, and traditional and national government in Cameroon.
  • The varied topics of projects presented by political science students at the student symposium include mainstream development in Iowa, women and democracy, the portrayal of Che Guevara in film and society, and the role of religion in rebuilding Iraq.
  • The Coe Model United Nations club participates in the American Model United Nations in Chicago.  Club members have represented the governments of Algeria, Japan, Mauritania and Pakistan.
  • Each year select students present their research at the Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference.
Wes Hoyer Alison Bailey
Wes Hoyer '17 presenting at the Iowa Human Rights Research Conference. Allison Bailey '17 presenting at the Iowa Human Rights Research Conference.