Department of Political Science

Honors Program

See also: Honors Program Info Sheet and Application

classThe Department’s Honors program, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to emphasize the ideals of a superior liberal education and to give students a more rigorous and intensive preparation in Political Science. Admission is selective. The Honors concentration is normally a one to two-year program. POLS 101 (United States Government & Politics) or POLS 107 (Honors United States Government & Politics) and POLS 102 (Introduction to Political Science) are prerequisites to the major.

Program Requirements (effective fall 2012)

To receive Honors in Political Science students must:

  1. Apply for and be admitted to the program by the Director of Undergraduate Studies; students are encouraged to apply for the program during the Fall Semester (by mid-October) of their Junior Year.
  2. Maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA in Political Science and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all university coursework;
  3. Complete 27- hours of credit in Political Science courses numbered 300 or above. Included within these 27-hours a student must complete at least one course in each of the four areas of political science: 1) American Government/Public Administration; 2) International Relations; 3) Comparative Politics; and 4) Political Philosophy.
  4. Complete POLS 401, POLS 487 and POLS 488. 487 and 488 are taken during fall and spring, respectively, of the senior year. POLS 401 should be completed prior to enrolling in POLS 487, but can be taken at the same time as 487.

Honors Courses

classPOLS 107 Honors: United States Government and Politics (3)
Analysis and exploration of the American political system for students with superior ability. Admission by permission of the department for students with at least a B average; entering freshmen accepted on basis of strong placement scores and high school record. This course is highly recommended, but not required, for students considering applying for the departmental Honors Program.

POLS 487 Senior Honors Seminar (3) and 488 Senior Thesis (3)
Required of honors majors; admission with consent of department. To meet the requirements of the 487 Senior Seminar, students must: (A) Faithfully attend and participate in seminar meetings; (B) Submit a thesis prospectus to the instructor of Political Science 487 by midterm; (C) Choose a thesis director; (D) Submit a draft of the first chapter of the thesis to their thesis director at the end of the semester. To meet the requirements of Political Science 488 Senior Thesis Seminar students must: (A) submit a complete draft of the thesis to the instructor of Political Science 488, as well as the thesis director, no later than four weeks before the end of the semester; and (B) Submit the final thesis manuscript for evaluation by both the 488 instructor and thesis director at the end of the semester.


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