This course examines the application of the scientific method to the study of topics in the field of personality psychology, with an emphasis on trait theories and their accompanying measurement scales. Students will learn about both content- and methodologically-based issues encountered in personality research and gain experience in searching for, reading, and discussing empirical work in the field. Students will demonstrate their overall proficiency by conducting a semester-long research project that will be presented in oral-, written-, and poster-format at the end of the semester.