Honors

The Program
The honors program runs through all three quarters of the senior (4th) year, with successful applicants enrolling in POLS 197 A, 197 B, and 197C.  Students conduct research in a largely unstructured environment, meeting weekly with other honors students and with their faculty advisors. Success requires the ability to manage time well and to work toward long-term goals in a self-motivated way. The culmination of the Honors program is a written thesis document and an end of the year colloquium wherein each student presents his or her work publically to political science faculty, peers, and invited guests.  Students completing the Departmental Honors Program will graduate with Distinction in the Major.

Eligibility
Eligibility for the program requires:

  • 3.5 GPA or better in the political science major and cumulatively at UCSB. 
  • significant progress toward completion of the major (via completed upper division courses in political science) by the end of the winter quarter of the junior (3rd) year
  • PS 15 must be completed no later than the spring quarter of the junior (3rd) year. 

All students in the major who meet these minimum requirements will receive an invitation to apply to the program early in the spring quarter. For more information about the department's honors program, please contact either Professor Lorraine McDonnell (Director of the Honors Program) or Dr. Alison Keleher (Undergraduate Program Coordinator).

How Your Units Can Be Allocated

Students may petition up to eight of the twelve units they earn in the Honor's Thesis Seminar toward their core concentration, with the remainder allocated toward any of their non-core Political Science requirements.  See the attached petition form for additional information: /sites/secure.lsit.ucsb.edu.poli.d7-2/files/sitefiles/Honors%20Petition%20042717.pdf                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Honors Lounge

Honors students, and members of Pi Sigma Alpha (the Political Science National Honors Society) have access to the Lancaster Room, or Honors Lounge, during regular Department operating hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday).  For information on access to the Lancaster Room, students should check in with the Peer Advising Office (Ellison Hall #3838).