Honors Program

Admission to and completion of the Honors Program in Politics requires a GPA of at least 3.65, both overall and in the major. Application to the Honors Program takes place in the spring of the junior year.

Admission to and completion of the Politics Department Honors program requires the following:

  1. Applications go to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Applications are due by March 1 in the spring of the junior year. Application requirements include:
    1. 3.65 GPA both overall and in politics courses. The overall GPA requirement may be waived by the Program Director in special circumstances provided it is at least 3.5
    2. Completion of or enrollment in Quantitative Methods for Political Science (POL-UA 800) or Introduction to Research Methods for Politics (POL-UA 850).
    3. Completion of or enrollment in at least Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON-UA 1) or Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON-UA 2)
    4. If you meet the above requirements please submit an 

  2. Completion of the Senior Honors Seminar I ( POL-UA 950) in the fall of the senior year.
  3. Completion of the Senior Honors Seminar II ( POL-UA 951) in the spring semester of the senior year, during which students will finish the research for and write their honors thesis. The instructor teaching the Senior Honors seminar will, under ordinary circumstances, be the first reader of the theses for students registered in the class. Occasionally, another faculty member may serve as first reader and the instructor of the seminar will serve as second reader.
  4. Participation in the Politics Honors Research Conference, to be held in April of the senior year. At the Research Conference each thesis will be read and discussed by a second faculty member, who will serve as the second reader for the thesis.
  5. Approval of the honors thesis by both the instructor teaching Senior Honors II and the second reader of the thesis. Theses will be approved for honors if they merit a grade of at least A-, as determined by the first and second readers.
  6. Maintenance of a GPA of at least 3.65 both overall and in politics courses. 
  7. Completion of all other Politics Department major requirements. The honors major requires a total of 10 courses (40 credits). Senior Honors Seminars I and II ( POL-UA 950 and POL-UA 951), Quantitative Methods ( POL-UA 800) and Field Seminars and Honors Seminars count toward the required 10 courses. To clarify any doubts you may have, please contact advisors at 

Students successfully completing the Honors Program will receive a degree with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors, as determined by the Department’s Honors Committee, taking into consideration both the quality of the thesis and the student’s record in the Honors Program.