Interpretive and Qualitative Research

An interdisciplinary center housed in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

The purpose of CIQR ("seeker") is to develop and explore interpretive and qualitative research methods as well as their practical implications.    

Duquesne University has established a reputation as a locus for interpretive and qualitative research in the humanities, with phenomenological, hermeneutic, post-structural, critical theory and feminist research in departments such as philosophy, communications and English literature.

Several social science departments nourish qualitative approaches in their graduate programs. The psychology department has a long history of developing phenomenological, psychoanalytic and post-structural methods. The sociology department has developed visual and traditional ethnographic methods as well as social action research.

Departments outside the liberal arts have attracted faculty whose work advances qualitative research in fields where quantitative research has traditionally been required. Faculty members in the nursing school utilize ethnomethodology or grounded theory. Others in the health sciences adopt phenomenological approaches. Faculty in the school of education engage in semiotic and social justice research.

CIQR brings together a diverse group of faculty and graduate students interested in qualitative and interpretive methodology.

Activities include:

  • Monthly seminars and panels presented by Duquesne faculty
  • Interdisciplinary and cross-listed graduate courses
  • Lectures and workshops offered by visiting scholars
  • Scholars in residence
  • Community action research and outreach

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