Name: Jeffrey Nonnemacher
Major (s): Political Science & International Affairs
Minor (s): None
Certificate (s): European Union Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Attending graduate school for a PhD in Political Science
- Took the intro level PSCI classes to explore the discipline and discover my interests.
- Took broad coursework to figure out what interested me.
- Added IAFS as a second major.
- Began taking upper division coursework in PSCI to progress through the major, forging relationships with faculty
- Figured out what kinds of puzzles interested me for my own research.
- Conducted research as part of the PSCI department's undergrad research opportunities, laying the groundwork for an honors thesis.
- Continued taking UD coursework.
- Added European Union Studies certificate
- Interned for the Jared Polis campaign to explore my options.
- Wrote two honors theses, one in PSCI and one in IAFS, to fulfill degree requirements and strengthen my grad applications.
- Presented my research at MPSA.
- Began applying to graduate schools in the Fall.
Sophomore-Junior: Took core and UD coursework and worked on campus.
Junior-Senior: Continued working on campus and started my honors thesis projects & research.
- It was not until my Junior year did I know that I wanted to go this route with my career and really began intentionally working towards this goal.
- Take methods courses. Grad schools love seeing that you know your methods and can actually do social science research, so take advantage of the wide array of methodological trainings that are offered to undergrads. It also makes writing an honors thesis easier.
- I would have taken more methods courses beyond PSCI 2075 and social science research training. I also would have connected with faculty outside the classroom from the very beginning, even in the big intro lectures. I would have also done UROP either for my honors theses, my junior year, or over a summer.
- I was also a member for two years of Pi Sigma Alpha, and became the co-president in my Senior Year to work to build a community of PSCI students to help other students take advantage of the opportunities available to them through the department and with a major in PSCI.