Director of political science honors program: professor michael berkman (mbb1 @psuedu) honors advisors: professors michael berkman, gretchen casper, and matt golder the thesis is likely to be one of the most challenging and rewarding assignments of a student's undergraduate career for political. The political science honors program prepares excellent students to complete a senior-year research experience culminating in the production of a senior thesis the program is designed to guide you through a series of supervised research projects in honors courses honors coursework requirements apply to the honors. Honors program timeline and agreement why should you undertake the challenge of writing an honors thesis graduating with honors tells future employ. 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,. The option to complete requirements of a chc track within political science greater access to faculty in small seminars access to honors thesis research design and writing seminars access to honors thesis seminars designed and conducted by faculty the opportunity to compete for departmental thesis prizes and.
Please review the program eligibility and thesis proposal guidelines carefully before proceeding both components of the application - the google docs form and the proposal - must be submitted by 5:00pm, monday, july 31st, 2017 give yourself plenty of lead time to proofread and complete your application late and. Students gain in-depth knowledge and an understanding of key theoretical and empirical debates in the field of political science students acquire research design skills and the ability to work independently on a major research project the honors thesis program also gives students the opportunity of working closely with. Honors students elect political science 493 and 494 (the honors thesis seminars) during their senior year and write a major research paper under the direction of a member of the faculty students complete the research paper and defend it in an oral examination at the end of their senior year honors faq's. Track 2: for students whose gpa in upper level political science classes is between 35 and 38 at the end of the semester prior to graduation can receive honors by writing a thesis they must commit to writing this thesis by the end of the second week of the semester in which they will graduate they must obtain the.
The department of political science offers the honors thesis program for qualified majors in their senior year seniors work closely with a small committee of faculty members on a well-defined research project throughout the academic year all senior thesis students will meet weekly in a seminar (ps 198) to explore. Janda award for best honors thesis recipients the kenneth f janda prize for distinguished honors thesis in political science is awarded annually for the best undergraduate honors thesis of the year.
Theses are due in late march to be awarded departmental honors, the student must satisfy all the requirements for the major, maintain a 36 gpa in the major ( the calculation of which includes non-pols courses required for economics- political science or political science-statistics majors) and complete a thesis of. The honors program is open to all junior and senior political science majors who meet the minimum academic qualifications (35 gpa in political science and 32 gpa overall) the main component of the program consists of completion of a thesis (an extended piece of original research) in preparation for this, honors.