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Honors

Honors Track Faculty and Students

The Political Science Research Honors Program leads to a Bachelor of Arts with Honors (B.A.H.) in Political Science. Students pursuing the B.A.H. are expected to complete the standard Political Science major as well as conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member, culminating in an honors thesis.

Information SESSION AND APPLICATION DEADLINE
Information Session: Winter quarter - exact date to be determined
Application Deadline: Winter quarter - exact date to be determined. Submit the completed application to Brenna Curtis.

Application Process

To participate in the Research Honors Program in Political Science, students must apply and be accepted to the program during the winter quarter of their junior year. A complete application includes:

  • The Political Science Research Honors Program application form.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from a member of the Political Science faculty or from a teaching assistant in a Political Science course. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly by email to Brenna Curtis.
  • An essay outlining your research interest.

Students are encouraged to participate in an intensive Summer research experience, such as the Political Science Summer Research College (SRC) program, prior to applying to the research honors program. SRC is a ten-week program in which students are paid to work with faculty on their ongoing research projects. The SRC application typically opens in Winter quarter. Students may also pursue research with faculty during the academic year.

Prerequisites for Admittance

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • POLISCI 1 The Science of Politics
  • POLISCI 150A Data Science for Politics
  • Research experience (strongly recommended)

Research Honors Program Requirements

To graduate with honors in Political Science, students must:

  1. Complete POLISCI 299A Research Design in the Spring quarter of junior year.
  2. Select an honors thesis advisor in Spring quarter of junior year. The thesis adviser must be a member of the Political Science faculty.
  3. Complete POLISCI 299B Honors Thesis Seminar in the Autumn quarter of senior year. 
  4. Complete POLISCI 299C in Winter quarter of senior year and POLISCI 299D in Spring quarter of senior year. Enroll in both of these with your honors thesis advisor.
  5. Earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher in in POLISCI 299A and 299B. Students unable to meet these requirements may be removed from the program.
  6. Submit a completed thesis, approved by the adviser, in the Spring quarter of senior year. The thesis must receive a grade of ‘B+’ or higher. The thesis grade will also serve as the grade for POLISCI 299C and 299D.

Up to 20 units of honors coursework may be applied toward the additional related coursework requirement for the major.

Award Recipients

2018

Firestone Medal recipient: Elise Kostial, 2018 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Time Heals All: Timing and Competitiveness of Primary Elections

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Sarah Manney, 2018 Research Honors student

Honors Thesis title: For Fear of Fake News: The Effect of Warnings on Trust of Partisan Information

2017

Firestone Medal recipient: Brett Parker, 2017 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Election or Appointment? A Quantitative Study of the Effects of Judicial Selection Method on Judicial Voting in Criminal Procedure Cases

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: James Stephens, 2017 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: The State of the Soldier: An Analysis of Veteran's Affairs Medical Centers

2016

Firestone Medal recipient: David Kay, 2016 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Predicting the Animal Welfare Policy Preferences of Federal Legislators

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: Nicole Dayhoff, 2016 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Analyzing Racial Sentencing Disparity in State Criminal Courts

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Luke Babich, 2016 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Mass Media on the Path to Peace:  The Role of the Press in Sino-US Rapprochement

2015

Firestone Medal recipient: Elsa Brown, 2015 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Threat Types and Switching Tactics: the Effects on Domestic Audience Costs

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: Lily McElwee, 2015 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Regime Type and FDI in Extractive Industries

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Edward Ngai, 2015 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Representation in Hong Kong

2014

Firestone Medal recipient: AJ Sugarman, 2014 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Do Counterinsurgents Make Good Neighbors?  Insurgent Organization, Spillover Effects, and Violence in Iraq

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: Chi Ling Chan, 2015 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Ethnic Discrimination in the Singapore Labor Market: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Yoseph Desta, 2014 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: A Judiciary Punt Syndrome? Analyzing the Supreme Court's Use of the Remand Procedure

2013

Firestone Medal recipient: Eric Dunn, 2013 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Legislators in Suits: Analyzing how lawyers make their case to the Supreme Court

Award for Distinguished Honors Thesis: Patrick Kennedy, 2013 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Destined to Disappoint? A Cross-Country Analysis of Executive Approval and Political Institutions

Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation: Alexandra Farhat, 2013 Research Honors Track student

Honors Thesis title: Redefining Constituency: How 140 Characters is Turning Representatives into Surrogates