SPEA Honors Program
1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific
person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?
SPEA's honors program is administered by the director of the
2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program?
How are students recruited for your program? May students recommend
The SPEA Honors Program requires students to be admitted to the School
of Public and Environmental Affairs. Students must have a minimum
cumulative grade point average of 3.500 and a SPEA cumulative grade
point average of 3.500 and at least 26 completed credit hours. To maintain eligibility in the program, all students
must maintain a cumulative GPA and SPEA GPA of at least 3.500. All SPEA majors who meet the minimum GPA requirements each semester
and are able to complete program requirements without delaying graduation, will be invited to participate in the Honors Program.
3. How does a student graduate with honors from your department?
All students must complete four courses in the Honors Program:
1) the honors section of V160 National and International Policy.
(Accommodations are made for students who have already completed V160 prior to entry into the Honors program;
2)Two additional SPEA Honors courses to be decided with an advisor; SPEA graduate level courses are allowable,
but require permission of the instructor; and 3) Honors Thesis (V499).
4. What is the nature of the senior project and what are the
requirements for completing it?
Students work directly with a faculty member to develop a research
project in this 3-credit hour course. The student develops this course
one-on-one with a professor. Most theses involve developing an intensive
research project, with a major paper as the final product (typically
25-35 pages in length). Arrangements for the course, e.g., agreement of
a professor to supervise the thesis, must be set up in the semester or
year prior to the actual course. Students must identify a professor who
works in an area that is consistent with the students' own interests. It
is recommended that the student meet with a SPEA Advisor prior to
contacting a professor. In the course, the student meets periodically
with the instructor to develop the syllabus (this occurs early in the
process), map out the project, research the project, complete any data
analysis that may be necessary, and write the thesis and provide oral
presentations both to the thesis advisor and to the larger community of
fellow honors students and relevant SPEA faculty and staff. Typically,
the thesis adviser and student meet once every two weeks to
discuss readings or materials, consider data that have been analyzed,
discuss progress, and troubleshoot problems.
5. Are there departmental resources available to support internships or
research projects related to the senior project?
SPEA Honors Students are eligible to compete for a thesis/research
stipend provided by the Hutton Honors College. Application for the
stipend should precede the student's enrollment in the course.
6. How might the work required for an honors degree be particularly
beneficial in future endeavors?
Confirmation of a diploma "With Public and Environmental Affairs
Advanced coursework and opportunities for in-depth research projects
with SPEA faculty
Interaction with like-minded students in the SPEA Honors Program and
the Hutton Honors College
Funding opportunities to support academic-related travel, research
projects, and internships through the Hutton Honors College and other University resources
Automatic admission to SPEA's "Scholars in Global Citizenship" program
Automatic admission to SPEA's Washington Leadership Program
Preferential consideration for admission to IU at Oxford Summer Program
Provisional admission to SPEA's accelerated Master of Public Affairs or Environmental
Science of Health Administration degree program
Counsel from an Honors Program Adviser
SPEA Honors Students enjoy the following:
SPEA Honors Students are provisionally accepted in several special
programs, per the above. Those programs inlcude:
Scholars in Global Citizenship (SGC)
All SPEA Honors Students are automatically accepted in to this uniquely
formatted 3 credit hour course which contains an international
component. The SGCP aims to transform the SPEA learning experience so
that it is informed by comparative, international, and global contexts.
Our primary goal is to discover how the forces of globalization affect
countries that are key economic and political actors on the
international stage. SGCP occurs 2nd summer session for 3 weeks within the country/city of focus -- currently Hanoi Vietnam.
This program is based at Hanoi University of Science. SPEA honors program
students may apply for a Hutton Honors College travel grant for this
program, as well as SPEA Abroad scholarships. SGCP is an Honors level course for SPEA and the Hutton Honors College.
Washington Leadership Program (WLP)
SPEA Honors Students who are at least Junior standing and who have completed 2 SPEA honors courses, are provisionally admitted and invited to
enroll in the program. With successful completion of the program,
students will earn 6 major elective course credits taught by IU faculty members, and 6 credits of
internship. WLP participants live in
nearby Silver Spring, Maryland for the semester and work in the nation's
capital. The program allows students access to challenging and unique
internships, which in turn provide them with professional experience and
IU in Oxford Summer Program
All SPEA Honors Students who are at least Junior standing and who have completed 2 SPEA
honors course, have preferential consideration for admission into this program. With
successful completion of the program, students will earn 6 major elective course credits.
The courses focus on public policy and include guest lectures by Oxford faculty. The program
is 6 weeks in duration and occurs during the summer. SPEA Honors
Program students may apply, on a competitive basis, for a Hutton Honors
College travel grant for this program, as well as SPEA Abroad scholarships.
Accelerated Master's Degree in Public Affairs, Environmental Science, or
Health Administration (AMP)
All SPEA Honors Students are provisionally admitted into AMP. However to
maintain eligibility, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of
3.5 and a minimum SPEA GPA of 3.5. Several other academic benchmarks must
be met prior to beginning this program. Please consult a SPEA Advisor early
if you are considering this program.
7. What are the advantages for students who pursue the honors degree
compared to a regular degree in your area?
The major advantages of SPEA's Honors Program are the opportunities to
complete advanced coursework with like-minded students, work one-on-one
with faculty on honors-level projects, develop deep expertise in an area
you research for your thesis, participate in Honors-only events, and
gain access to special programs that, for other students, involve