Political Science and Public Administration

Political Science and Public Administration Honors Programs

Departmental Honors

Honors work fosters intellectual growth through independent study, involves students in research, prepares students for the intellectual rigor of graduate study, and makes students more competitive for the best employment opportunities upon graduation.

Departmental Honors prepares majors for post-graduate study, for law school, for advanced work in policy research, and for other professional pursuits. However, it is open to all interested in engaging in independent intensive, research oriented intellectual work.

Honors work is for those in pursuit of excellence in:

  • Intellectual organization
  • Concept formation
  • Research and Writing

These are the skills you will need in many professional positions - whether in the governmental or private sector. Departmental Honors offers the opportunity to specialize in one of the sub-disciplines of Political Science and to work closely with faculty in their areas of interest.

If you aspire to do the kind of work required for Departmental Honors, we encourage you to contact the Honors Adviser (Dr. Heberle). Judge for yourself whether this individualized, intensive program is right for you.

Departmental Honors work is distinct from the University Honors Program, but works closely with it. You must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and be in your third year of study to sign up for honors work.

Last Updated: 6/27/22