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Research and Discovery


Research and Discovery courses allow you to immerse yourself in a research project, incorporating reflection and revision to produce and disseminate original scholarship or creative work. This experience will help you reflect upon, deepen, and connect knowledge and capacities.

Learning Outcomes

These are the learning outcomes that are expected of students after completing a course.


Frame a topic, develop an original research question or creative goal, and establish a point of view, creative approach, or hypothesis.


Obtain a procedural understanding of how conclusions can be reached in a field and gather appropriate evidence.


Evaluate the quality of the arguments and/or evidence in support of the emerging product.


Communicate findings in clear and compelling ways.


Critique and identify the limits of the conclusions of the project and generate ideas for future work.

Questions for Students

These are the types of questions you should be able to answer after completing a course.


How do I establish my point of view, take intellectual risks, and begin producing original scholarship or creative works?


How do I evaluate my findings and communicate my conclusions?


How do I narrow my topic, critique current scholarship, and gather evidence in systematic and responsible ways?

Course Offerings

There are a wide range of courses you can take to meet the Research & Discovery requirement. Here are a few examples:

Faculty Resources

Any department may offer classes that fulfill any focus capacity as long as they meet the learning outcomes for that capacity.

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