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 for the program requires:

  • a minimum 3.3 cumulative UCSB GPA, and a 3.5 GPA or better in the political science major. 

  • significant progress toward completion of the major (at least one upper division course and all but one lower division requirements) by the end of the winter quarter of the junior (3rd) year.

  • POLS 15 must be completed with a grade no lower than a B-, and no later than the spring quarter of the junior (3rd) year.

If you think you should have received an invitation to the program but did not, or have other questions about the department's honors program, please contact either Professor Kathleen Bruhn (Director of the Honors Program) or Dr. Alison Keleher (Undergraduate Program Coordinator).



Students who are extended an invitation to the program need to apply by September 1, using the application available here.

 Acceptance decisions will be made by September 15.  Those who are accepted into the program will be issued an add code for POLS 197 A in Fall 2018 (in which students must enroll).         


 How Your Units Can Be Allocated

Up to eight units of Honor's Program credit may be applied to a student's core concentration by petition.  Further, four of these eight units may be applied to another (non-core) area by petition.  See the attached petition form for additional information:  /sites/secure.lsit.ucsb.edu.poli.d7-3/files/sitefiles/Honors%20Petition%20042717_0.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).