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Honors in Political Science

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 for fall admission are due April 15; applications for spring admission are due November 15.

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.

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