2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 25, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science Major, BA – Honors Concentration

Continuing, returning, and transfer students may declare an interest in political science at any time. The department will then assign the student an academic advisor.

College Requirements

Arts and Sciences  


Honors Concentration

The department’s Honors Program emphasizes the ideals of a superior liberal arts education and gives students a more rigorous and intensive preparation in political science. The honors concentration consists of thirty-four (34) hours in political science courses numbered 200 and above, including completion of POLS 301 , POLS 480 , POLS 487 , and POLS 488 . These 34 hours must include four courses numbered at the 200-level, which must be completed with a minimum cumulative average of 3.0. To graduate with honors in political science, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in political science, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, and at least 12 hours of honors courses (POLS 487  and POLS 488  count toward this total, as do any hours earned through honors by contract).

The Honors Program encourages fruitful contacts between individual students and faculty members, and student involvement in planning and developing the program. As a senior, each student takes POLS 487  and POLS 488 , investigates a topic of his or her choice, and presents the results in an Honors Thesis. This project develops with the assistance and supervision of the Honors Director or another member of the Political Science faculty.

Complete 15 hours:

  • Upper-division (300-400 level) political science courses (Note: POLS 480 - Capstone  does not count toward this requirement.)