Qualitative and Interpretive Methods

The minor in Qualitative & Interpretive methods aims to help undergraduate students distinguish themselves in preparation for the job market and academic field.  Knowledge in qualitative and interpretive research is a fundamental component of many disciplines and being versed in these methods has both practical and intellectual benefits. After successfully completing the Qualitative and Interpretive Methods minor (QIM), students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of qualitative procedures
  • utilize these methods in research papers
  • apply qualitative analysis in community-based research or internship experiences

Duquesne is one of the only universities that offers this valuable minor to undergraduate students, making it a unique addition to resumes and applications.

Program Information

The Qualitative & Interpretive methods minor enhances job prospects and academic preparation. Valuable knowledge in various disciplines with practical and intellectual benefits.

Program Type


Required Credit Hours


Minor Requirements

CLPR 450 (3 credits) Pro-Seminar is a required course for the Qualitative & Interpretive Methods minor.
  • UCOR 100 Research and Information Skills


  • CLSX 402 Archeological Research

Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • COMM 388 Corporate and Integrated Marketing Communication Research
  • COMM 402 Argumentation
  • COMM 459 Philosophy of Communication
  • COMM 461 Rhetorical Theory

  • ENGL 300(W) Critical Issues in Literary Studies
  • ENGL 411(W) Shakespeare and Ethics
  • ENGL 416 Performing Spaces
  • ENGL 420 Victorian Sensation
  • ENGL 424 Race, Gender, and Empire
  • ENGL 428 Black Women and Fiction
  • ENGL 433-62 History and Structure of English Language
  • ENGL 460 Writing and Social Justice
  • ENGL 471 Early American Literature

  • HIST 300(W) Writing History (restricted to History majors)

  • HONR 100 Honors Research

  • MDIA 471 Investigative Reporting

  • PHIL 204 Philosophy and Literature
  • PHIL 216 Social Justice
  • PHIL 352(W) Contemporary Social and Political Phil
  • PHIL 495(W) Phenomenology of Race

Political Science
  • POSC 298 Intro to Political Analysis
  • POSC 300 Research in Political Science

  • PSYC 201 Research Methods
  • PSYC 321 Laboratory in Psychological Research
  • PSYC 345 Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 480 Psychology and Social Engagement (restricted to majors)

  • SOCI 104 Cultural Anthropology (must do an ethnographic study)
  • SOCI 200(W) Classical Theory (restricted to majors)
  • SOCI 201 Research Methods (Methods 1) (restricted to majors)

At least one of these courses must involve fieldwork with a focus on qualitative methods, and another course must be an overview of qualitative methods