Honors in Political Science

Admission into the course is restricted to students who have given evidence of superior work in Political Science.  At the completion of 5 semesters, an average of at least 3.6 in graded political science courses is required.  Since the application is due prior to the end of the 6th semester, it is understood that you will have completed 8 Political Science courses before the honors seminar starts at the beginning of your 7th semester.

You must have completed your methods requirement prior to the beginning of your 7th semester.   This can be filled by POLS0500 or POLS1600.  Outside department courses that will also fill the requirement are:  AMPA0650, ANTH1940, ECON1620, ECON1630, EDUC1100, EDUC 1110, GEOL1320, SOC1100 or SOC1120

You will need to register for POLS1910 (Senior Honors Thesis Preparation) during pre-registration for the fall semester of your senior year and POLS1920 (Senior Honors Thesis Preparation) during pre-registration for the spring semester of your senior year.  The Honors Sequence courses (POLS1910 and 1920) will count as ONE political science course for the concentration.  

If you are studying abroad in the fall of your junior year, you must still submit a hard copy by the April deadline.   Be sure to allow yourself the time necessary to assemble and mail the required materials.

Although you will be working with a faculty member who has agreed to be your advisor, the Honors Seminar will offer additional guidance and supervision, especially in the early stages of your thesis work.  It is your responsibility to arrange for a thesis advisor, who is a faculty member in the political science department, as well as a second reader who is knowledgeable about your topic.  

Submit the application by the April 4th deadline (which is announced yearly).  Note the application requires a list of courses you have taken in Political Science with grades (you can submit a copy of your internal transcript but make sure you put your name on it), a list of the political science courses you are currently taking, and a copy of a paper written for a Political Science course at Brown. The Director of the Honors Program will contact you with a decision prior to pre-registration for the fall semester.  

The April 4th deadline is NOT flexible - don't miss it