Politics majors can pursue a variety of research opportunities while at Catholic University. In addition to course-related research, the department offers a year-long Senior Honors Thesis course for students with a GPA of 3.5 or above. An honors thesis student works one-on-one with a member of the faculty to research, write, and present a major research paper.
Many majors participate in the university's annual Research Day, in which faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates present their work to the university community. Recent projects presented at Research Day include a study of Republican Party immigration policy, an analysis of U.S. intervention in Syria, and agricultural politics in Latin America.
Finally, there are opportunities to collaborate with faculty on faculty-led research projects. These projects have occasionally resulted in coauthored publications in political science journals and edited volumes.