High achieving students in both the Political Science Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Art (BA) degree tracks are encouraged to take advantage of honors opportunities in our department and the University at large.
Participation in departmental honors provides students with a number of benefits, including:
- Expanded course options, including smaller class sizes and innovative learning approaches
- Enhanced engagement with faculty through directed or capstone research opportunities
- Interaction with honors faulty, who will be essential for students needing letters of recommendation or help with applications for graduate, professional, or law school
- Early registration privileges
To receive departmental honors recognition at graduation, entering students must complete 18 hours of honors coursework as described below:
- Exactly 6 hours of 400-level directed research or capstone research with honors credit (481, 485, 491, 497) (no more than 6 will count towards departmental honors).
- 9 hours of additional departmental honors courses (can include lower-division honors courses, honors contract courses).
- No more than 6 of these credit hours may consist of Political Science graduate courses (600 level) taken for graduate credit.
- 3 additional hours of honors credit outside the department.
- At graduation a student must have a cumulative Texas A&M GPR of at least 3.5 and cumulative Honors GPR of at least 3.25.
For more information, see here: Additional Departmental Honors Information
Students completing directed research and capstone courses can also consider producing a written honors thesis, which can be done in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Completion of this thesis is highly recommended for students considering graduate studies in political science, public administration, or other related areas.
For a list of past URS student projects, see below:
|Program year||Name of student||Thesis title||Adviser|
|2012-2013||Arvin, Charles R||Wickard v Filburn and US v Lopez: Two Sides of the Same Coin?||Rogers, James|
|2012-2013||Allen, Jackson L.||The Separation of Powers: How Public Opinion Matters to the Supreme Court||Ura, Joseph|
|2012-2013||Funk, Kendall||The Right to DREAM: an ethical perspective on the DREAM act and current citizenship laws in the United States||von Vacano, Diego|
|2012-2013||Allison, Angela N||College Grads,Young Moms, Big Bucks, State Reps and Racial Composition: Evaluating the Impact of Social, Political and Economic Factors on State-Level Head Start Uptake Rates||Meier, Kenneth|
|2013-2014||Groves, Jacqueline M||The Purpose of Party Manifestos: Relating Party Function and Strategy in Party Manifestos||Harmel, Robert|
|2013-2014||Scott, Holly K||Working Nine to Five: Economic Impacts on the Gender Gap in Macro Politics||Kellstedt, Paul|
|2013-2014||Dawson, Brandon||Law and Society in Saint Domingue, 1789-1805||Schloss, Rebecca|
|2014-2015||Hutchinson, Annabelle||Learning to Grow? Connecting Higher Education and Economic Development||Meier, Kenneth|
|2014-2015||Halbert, Cameron M||Party Politics and Revolution: Stabilization and Insurrection||Koch, Michael|
|2015-2016||Mitchell, Erin S||Societal Views of Women as Political Leaders in the Arab World||Taylor-Robinson, Michelle|
|2016-2017||Hamilton, Lawson B||Noble Lies: A Reexamination of Human Rights||Nederman, Cary|
|2017-2018||Dawson, Chandler A||Teaching Salaries and Inequality: An Expected but not Seen Outcome||Meier, Kenneth|
Some of our past URS and honors students are now in successful graduate programs or academic careers at places such as Yale University, Arizona State University, American University, and Texas A&M University.
If you are interested in honors or discussing faculty advising options for a senior thesis, contact the Political Science Undergraduate Advising Office at (979) 845-3127 or Dr. Brittany Perry at email@example.com.