Honors Program

Honors in Political Science

Applications for fall admission due April 15; applications for spring admission due November 15

Students with a major in Political Science may be admitted to the Political Science Department’s honors program (option of the University Honor’s Program).


Minimum requirements for eligibility are:

  1. Junior standing, completion of POSC 300, and at least two additional upper-division courses in Political Science;
  2. A minimum of two semesters remaining before graduation following the semester in which the application is submitted;
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, and 3.5 in Political Science courses

Applications must include:

  1. A completed application form
  2. One letter of recommendation from the faculty sponsor that has agreed to oversee the applicant’s honors thesis.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a second faculty member (preferably in Political Science)
  4. A 5-10 page research or analytical paper written for a previously taken course in Political Science

In order to graduate with Honors in Political Science a student must:

  1. Complete all regular requirements for the major in Political Science;
  2. Complete 3 units of POSC 490H: Honors Seminar
  3. Complete 3 units of POSC 491H: Honors Research
  4. Complete 3 units of POSC 492H: Honors Thesis
  5. Have at the time of graduation a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and 3.5 in Political Science courses.

To apply for the honor program click Honors Program Application.

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