Applying to the Honors Program
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: Government 97 (fall), Government 98 (winter), and Government 99 (spring). Government 97 counts as a seminar level course and Government 98 counts as a midlevel. Government 99 is required to complete the program, but it does not count toward the Government major or minor. Students meet weekly with the Directors of the Honors Program at the 3B hour during the fall term. Students also meet regularly with individual thesis advisors at times convenient to both.
If you are considering applying to the Honors Program, we strongly recommend speaking with potential faculty advisors about your ideas no later than the winter quarter of your junior year. It is important also to remember that a seminar must be completed before enrolling in the Honors Program. If you have an interest in pursuing the Honors Program, please review the informational materials and the application requirements. 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.