The Ballard Center and the Kennedy Center both work with students to help them effect positive change at a national and international level. Many of you are interested in international social issues, and writing a Ballard Brief would help give you a competitive edge in whatever your chosen field of study may be. Ballard Brief is a student-run program designed to help students research and write professional research papers (Ballard Briefs) on social problems of their choosing. We offer a 2-credit-hour course where students are taught research, writing, and critical thinking skills in a classroom setting and in weekly meetings with their assigned editor as they analyze some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are currently seeking applications for our fall 2020 class.
Whether you are interested in politics, development, culture, etc., putting in the work to research and more fully understand a social issue will propel you forward in your studies here at BYU and beyond. Writing a Ballard Brief provides a worldview that not many opportunities can. Some examples of briefs include “Usage of Electronic Cigarettes Among Youth in the U.S.,” “Menstrual Hygiene Management Adolescent Girls in Kenya,” and “Healthcare Access in Rural Communities in India.”