This course focuses on the skills involved in understanding, evaluating, conducting and reporting research in the behavioral sciences. Topics addressed include the philosophy of science, theory building in behavioral sciences research, hypotheses development, alternative inquiry methods such as quantitative and qualitative research, and research design among others. The course will address experimental design, survey research, qualitative research methods and emerging streams of research. The course is conducted as a seminar with extensive, readings and preparation. A reasonable knowledge of statistics and a basic knowledge of social science research are necessary for this course. Students are expected to rely on themselves to conduct independent projects as part of the course.