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Second Floor, Sawyer Library, Spring 2013

  • What are the Writing Center’s hours?

The Writing Center will be open when classes are in session as follows:

Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


  • How do I make an appointment?

Appointments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You may schedule a maximum of two tutoring sessions per week.  To make an appointment or to get more information, please stop by the Writing Center or call 617-573-8270.  Please have your Suffolk ID available when scheduling a tutoring session.

  • What kind of help will tutors provide?

Tutors can help you with everything from brainstorming ideas and thesis development to improving grammar and punctuation.  They do not edit papers but rather work with you to meet the objectives of your assignment.


  • Who does the Writing Center serve?

Everyone!  All subjects and all levels (first-year students to graduate students).


  • What should I bring with me to a tutoring session?

Bring a hardcopy of whatever progress you’ve made on your paper (a full draft, a partial draft, an outline, some ideas you’ve written down, etc.).  Also, please bring any handouts the professor has provided that explain the requirements of the assignment.


  • How soon will I see a tutor?

It depends on availability.  It could be as early as that day or a day or two later.  If there is very high demand for tutoring, however, it may take longer and so we strongly encourage you to plan ahead.


  • How long are tutoring sessions?

On average, sessions will run between 45-50 minutes.


  • Who are the Writing Center tutors?

They are upper-level undergraduate students who were able to apply for a Writing Center Scholarship because of their high GPA’s and outstanding academic performance.  They come from a variety of disciplines, including English, Communication, Creative Writing, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Print Journalism, and Advertising.  All Writing Center tutors receive extensive training.

Catalog Description

Students will be introduced to the subfields of political science and learn to analyze political writings. Focus will be on the use of the scientific method for research on politics and government. Students will learn the steps in writing a research paper, including developing the research question and selecting a research design. Attention will be given to the use of statistical analysis and public opinion polling in political research.

Course Overview

What is political research and how is it done? This course offers a nuts and bolts approach to the research process, from the creation of a question, to the collection of data, to the writing of a final research paper. When you complete this course, you will have a better idea of what political scientists do with their time, you will be better equipped to read, analyze, and evaluate research, and you will become a producer of knowledge yourself. This will be an intense and rigorous course. It should also be a fun: you will discover new things, learn new skills, and most importantly, engage your curiosity. Here you will gain the critical foundational skills to begin your adult lives as critical thinkers and thoughtful, original researchers.

Course Objectives

  • Improve writing
  • Develop understanding for, appreciation of the research process
  • Develop ability to critique research papers
  • Develop general understanding of the field of political science
  • Develop research and data gathering skills


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