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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Political Science

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Learning Opportunities

Honors Program

Are you looking for a challenging conclusion to your political science degree? Interested in graduate work or law school? Consider an honors thesis!

Earning departmental honors in political science involves writing an honors thesis during your senior year, for a maximum of 8-thesis-credit hours. The honors thesis provides an opportunity for you to do in-depth research on a topic of your choice.


For students planning to attend either graduate school or law school, this program is highly recommended. Graduate program and law school admission committees understand and respect the discipline and advanced critical thinking skills required to undertake a substantial independent research project such as an honors thesis.

About the honors thesis

The honors thesis is usually 40-60 pages in length, and the process culminates in an oral defense of your project with your thesis adviser and two faculty committee members (one from political science, one from a second department). Talk to your political science adviser as early as possible – well before your senior year – if you are interested in writing an honors thesis!

Who qualifies for political science honors?

The departmental honors program is open to all qualified majors with a 3.7 GPA in political science and a 3.5 overall GPA. Political science honors students must complete a total of 44 quarter hours in political science coursework.

Next steps

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