Senior Research Project

Seniors majoring in IECA engage in a year-long independent research project. During the Fall semester they choose their topic and in the Spring their research culminates in a 30-40 page paper, under the supervision of 2 faculty readers in appropriate disciplines.



 Topics and representative projects from previous years have included the following: 

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF HUMAN MOBILITY
• The Bullying of Immigrant Students: The Unfortunate Consequence of a Multicultural Celtic Tiger
• Immigration: Japan’s Only Real Solution

RIGHTS AND WRONGS

• Closing the Gap: Legislative Efforts to Achieve Equality for Women in the French Workforce
• "The Border Crossed Us:"  The Human Costs of Economic Development in Mexican Maquiladoras

SECURITY

• The Russian-Georgian Conflict and What it Means for Border Security
• Food Security in China: Alleviating Global Worries
• The Challenges and Opportunities of Human Mobility

THE ENVIRONMENT
• Costs of Environmental Policies: German Industry and the
European Union
• Mexico Cleans Up Its Act: Environmental Consequences of NAFTA

DEMOCRACY AND CAPITALISM
• The Restraints of Capitalism: How Asian Capitalism is Stifling the South Korean Economy
• The New Poland

ISSUES OF SOVEREIGNTY: WHO CONTROLS WHAT?

• Giving up or Retaining Power? A look at Agriculture and France's Role in the European Union
• Sacred Struggles: The Indigenous Fight for Land Rights in Historical and Modern Chile

THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBALIZATION

• Making Coffee Fair: Globalization, Fair Trade, and Their Effects on Small Scale Coffee Farmers in Mexico
• Closing the Gap: Reversing China's Income Inequality Through Globalization
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