Doing Empirical Research
Subject to limited exceptions, we require sociology students to include an empirical dimension in their Senior Project research. This might involve interviews, ethnographic research, participant observation, content analysis of internet-based information, quantitative data analysis, or interpretation of historical sources. Where this empirical dimension involves live human beings, IRB approval is required.
The online application for IRB approval, together with important and helpful information, is available at the Bard IRB website. If you think that you would like to do research with human subjects, you should work closely with your faculty adviser prepare an IRB proposal at the earliest possible stage in your Senior Project research.