1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific
person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?
The Honors Faculty Advisor under the general policy guidance of the
Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Undergraduate Committee has
formal responsibility. The Undergraduate Advisor coordinates the program
on a day-to-day basis.
2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How
arer students recruited for your program? May students recommend
Formal admission to the Departmental Honors program may occur as early as
the end of the sophomore year, but typically students don't start the
process until junior year. Students are eligible to apply if they have a
minimum GPA of 3.5 in political science and 3.3 in overall university
courses and have taken at least 9 hours in political science, including at
least one 300-level course.
3. How does a student graduate with
honors from your department?
To attain the political science degree with honors, students ordinarily
1. 1-3 credit hours of readings for Y480 on a subject related to their
Honors project (usually during their junior year)
2. 3 hours of the Honors colloquium (Y480) during their senior year
3. 3-12 thesis credit hours of Y499 for researching and writing the
4. Students are expected to present an acceptable Honors thesis and defend
it orally before the Honors committee.*
*In unusual circumstances, an approved graduate seminar may be substituted
for either Y480 or part of Y499. Students should consult with the Honors
Director before pursuing this alternative.
4. What is the nature of the senior project and what are the
requirements for completing it?
The Honors Program in Political Science provides qualified students with
the opportunity to undertake original research and writing under the
direction of a faculty sponsor. It is intended for students who are
excited about doing independent research, who want to gain more skills and
confidence doing extended research and in-depth writing, and who are
committed to working on a topic or question that can sustain them for an
extended period of time.