Research in the Curriculum

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Undergraduate Research is integrated throughout the curriculum at Carolina with research opportunities existing within courses in every department.


Research-Exposure courses:
To increase the numbers of course-based research opportunities, each semester the Office for Undergraduate Research sponsors a number of undergraduate courses which include research experiences. These research-exposure courses can be found throughout the curriculum and are taught with the assistance of Graduate Research Consultants (GRCs) who help students define and carry out their research, and then present their results. The GRCs serve as “coaches” for the undergraduates and do not grade their work. Students communicate their findings to their peers in the class. For course titles and faculty who have taught courses with GRCs, please see our Research Exposure Course DatabaseStudents can use these research-exposure courses to meet the multidisciplinary requirement for the Carolina Research Scholar Program. Students can also use IDST 184, Research Beyond Academia, or IDST 194, Modes of Inquiry, to meet the multidisciplinary requirement. Since their inception in 2003, thousands of students have received credit for research-exposure courses.

Research-Intensive courses:
Every department offers courses in which over half of the course is devoted to students conducting original research and presenting research conclusions. Many of these courses are numbered 195, 295 or 395 (these course numbers are reserved for undergraduate research experiences). In some departments, students may do independent research projects under Independent Reading or Study (196, 296, and 396). Students who want to write an honors thesis based on their research projects apply to take the Honors thesis courses (691H, 692H, 693H and 694H) in their majors. Many of these courses can be used to meet the 
Experiential Education (EE) requirement of the Making Connections General Education curriculum. Students should review the course catalogue to obtain course descriptions and specifics about any prerequisites for these courses and requirements that they might fulfill, since each department is responsible for their own course offerings. The OUR maintains a listing of research intensive-courses that students may used toward earning the Carolina Research Scholar designation on their transcripts. The OUR also tracks the number of graduates from each department who receive credit for research-intensive courses, which is currently over 60% of all undergraduates.

Research Methods courses:
Many departments offer courses that include training in specific research methodologies. These courses will teach you the methods that scholars in a given discipline use to ask and pursue research questions. Please consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in your major department if you have specific questions about courses that teach research methods. OUR’s database of research methods courses can help you find these courses in many departments. Note that not all research methods courses are 3-credit courses.