INST 301 - International Studies Research Methods

  • 3 credits

This course familiarizes students with relevant research methods and applications for International Studies. It introduces students to principle research methods and sources within the Liberal Arts as well as key concepts within the field of International Studies. Course content illustrates the value of an interdisciplinary lens. Class requirements include reading and other assignments, quizzes and exams, discussions, presentations, activities, and multiple types of research. This course is required for the International Studies major and the Global Studies minor. It aims to prepare students to conduct research in academic contexts as well as in a range of careers.

This course can be applied toward:


GR 100 (Introduction to Geography) and INST 200 (Interdisciplinary Approaches to Globalization).

Important Information

Undergraduate standing. International Studies, International Engineering, Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts majors, International Development Studies Minors, or Global Studies Minors only.

This course is required for the International Studies Major and the Global Studies Minor.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Manual for Writers of Research Papers*, 8th Ed. (2013)
    Turabian, Kate
  • Research Design, 1st Ed. (2017)
    Leavy, Patricia

*The 9th edition of this book is acceptable as well.


Allison White

My name is Dr. Allison White and I’m excited to be teaching this course.

My academic training is in Comparative Politics and International Relations with specialization in Russian domestic politics, particularly the administration of national elections. I have published on the use of electoral fraud in Russian elections, investigating the various methods used by the Putin regime as well as the electoral environments most susceptible to such malfeasance. My research interests also extend into the area of ethnic politics and the voting patterns of ethnic minorities in the post-Soviet space.

My practical experience includes living in Russia for extended periods of time, which has allowed me to observe Russian politics first-hand and also take time to see plenty of the world-famous ballets. I’ve worked alongside domestic and international non-governmental organizations trying to promote democracy and election monitoring agencies aiming to detect electoral fraud and uncover voter coercion. Living in an authoritarian regime where those working with non-governmental organizations face constant harassment and are sometimes forced to shutter their operations completely has given me a profound appreciation for the tireless dedication of the community involved in political and economic development overseas.