This doctoral seminar introduces participants to a range of theoretical approaches and research strategies in political science/international relations. For some sessions faculty from the IR/PS department will be invited to present their work to the seminar. Additional sessions will be devoted to thesis development and mentoring issues such as asking research questions, proposal writing, conference participation, publication strategies, and peer networking. The seminar is obligatory for first-year doctoral students in Political Science. It is open to students applying for Fast Track admission to the doctoral program, with permission from the instructor. PhD students will have an opportunity to develop preliminary versions of their doctoral research projects for critical review in advance of the department's annual First-Year Doctoral Retreat.