QIM Minor

Minor in Qualitative and Interpretive Methods

This interdisciplinary minor aims to help undergraduate students distinguish themselves in preparation for the job market and academic field. This minor may be especially valuable to students who have presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or at similar Undergraduate Research conferences, who have had research-related internships or who have had courses in which qualitative research of some kind is a requirement. Knowledge in qualitative and interpretive research is a fundamental component of many disciplines and being versed in these methods has both practical and intellectual implications. 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, and 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.

QIM Minor Requirements:
• A total of 15 credit-hours (5 courses) of approved classes must be completed.
• One of these courses must be the pro-seminar (CLPR 450), offered once every two years. This requirement can also be completed as an independent study.
• At least one of these courses must involve fieldwork with a focus on qualitative methods. This requirement can be fulfilled in a CETR course, a research-oriented internship or a study abroad experience.
• One course must be an overview of qualitative methods (apart from the pro-seminar).
• All approved courses, for this minor, are listed below. If a student would like to utilize a course not on the approved list, then they must show that the course generates knowledge in the field of qualitative or interpretive methods or has a philosophical or theoretical background.
• Students can double count a relevant college or university core course.

**All students interested in this minor should schedule a meeting with the program director, Erik Garrett (garrette@duq.edu), in order to make sure the proper steps are taken toward completing the QIM minor.

Approved Courses:

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 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)
Core Curriculum
UCOR 100 Research and Information Skills

**Course Modifications: Students may propose the use of a nonapproved course to fulfill the QIM undergraduate minor. All proposals must be taken to the program director for approval.