Honors Program

Honors in the Major in Political Science

Students wishing to declare honors in the major are required to have completed at least one political science course, have a cumulative GPA of 3.3, and should fill out this form after a meeting with a major advisor in which Honors in the Major is discussed and approved.

To plan your honors experience, you can make an appointment with Amy Gangl using the Starfish App.


  • 15 credits of honors courses in the major (6 credits of honors thesis courses, 683/684 or 681/682, are included in this total).
  • Major GPA of 3.5 or higher in all political science courses.
  • Complete at least one in-residence upper division Political Science course (300 level or above).
  • Honors thesis (two options):
    • PoliSci 683/684 (recommended), The Honors Thesis Colloquium, is a two semester class that helps you ask research questions of appropriate scope and design, provides a forum for thesis writing, and an exploration of relevant issues in political science. The Colloquium provides a space for you to learn from the instructor and from your classmates and also helps you set important deadlines and milestones for timely completion of your thesis. You will also work closely with your faculty advisor over the course of the academic year.
    • PoliSci 681/682 (For students with scheduling conflicts only). Students enrolled in the Honors Thesis, 681/682, work directly with a faculty advisor on the design, research, and writing of the thesis.