Cross-Cutting Research Strengths and Collaborative Research Culture
The Department encourages and supports research that transcends traditional field and discipline boundaries. Complex and challenging issues require broad and bold approaches. Purdue is home to Discovery Park where "disciplines converge to solve global challenges." Department faculty and graduate students participate actively in collaborative research across campus including the Purdue Policy Research Institute; the Center for the Environment; Building Sustainable Communities; the Purdue Systems Collaboratory; and the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion.
We also participate in integrative programs like Advanced Methods at Purdue initiative and the Integrative Data Science Initiative. . This interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students in the social sciences explore cutting-edge quantitative research methodologies through workshops, speakers, brown-bags and graduate seminars.
The department offers Graduate Certificates in Social Policy and Environmental Policy. At the undergraduate level, the department participates in the Cornerstone program in the College of Liberal Arts, which brings top faculty to the classroom to introduce Purdue students to foundational texts and ideas. Faculty have are also active in the interdisciplinary minor the Human Rights Program, and the department is home to the Environmental Politics and Policy Minor.