Participants in the Honors Program define and analyze a specific issue or hypothesis in the field of political science and write a thesis. The Program is completed within the framework of a three-course sequence during the senior year: GOVT 97 (fall), GOVT 98 (winter), and GOVT 99 (spring)
GOVT 97 is a seminar-level course; GOVT 98 is mid-level. GOVT 99 is required to complete the Honors Program, but it does not count toward the Government major or minor.
Students meet weekly with the Directors of the Honors Program during the 3B hour of the fall term. Students also meet regularly with individual thesis advisors at times convenient to both.
For additional information on writing an Honors thesis, please feel free to talk with the co-directors of the Honors Program, Lucas Swaine and Benjamin Valentino, or any of the Government faculty members. We strongly recommend speaking with potential faculty advisors about your ideas no later than the winter quarter of your junior year.
If interested in pursuing the Honors Program, please review the informational materials and the application requirements below.