Students may earn honors in political science by completing six honors courses (a minimum of four in political science) and by writing a senior thesis. Eligible students are also inducted into the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.


To graduate with honors in political science or international relations, you must:

  • Maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses within the major
  • Complete 6 (18 hours) non-interim courses for honors credit: four honors courses within the major and two honors courses outside the major.
  • Complete an honors thesis that meets the guidelines of the political science department
  • Earn at least a B+ in each of the four political science honors courses satisfying the honors requirment
  • Make a formal commitment to graduate with honors by fall of your senior year

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