Requirements for Honors in Political Science:
To receive departmental honors the student must fulfill the following requirements: (1) a minimum index of 3.50 in political science; (2) completion of a political science seminar with a grade of “A minus” or better; (3) a grade of “A minus” or higher on the senior project, and (4) delivery of an oral presentation of the senior project research at the Steinmetz Symposium unless exceptional circumstances warrant an alternative forum. Students who do not attain an A minus or better grade in the seminar may still be eligible for honors if their departmental grade point average is 3.70 or higher. In addition the student must satisfy College requirements for departmental honors, which are described in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. Note: Students must take a seminar to qualify for honors.
Course Selection Guidelines
Placement: Students who received a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam for U.S. Government and Politics may earn credit for PSC 111 . Students who earned a 4 or 5 on the Comparative Government and Politics Advanced Placement exam may earn one unspecified political science course credit. Credits earned from Advanced Placement exams can count toward the Political Science major or minor.
Course Numbering: These guidelines are offered so that students may make informed choices in the selection of courses appropriate to their level of education. 200-level political science courses are oriented towards a wide student audience from across the College whereas 300-level courses are focused more on advanced political science issues and therefore are more appropriate for upper-class political science majors as well as interested juniors and seniors from other majors. For subfield-specific descriptions of 200 and 300-level courses, please go to Course Listings and select the Prefix PSC.
It is important for students to know that 200-level courses are not “easier” than 300-level courses in terms of reading load, course assignments, or the amount of work and effort expected of students. That said, as a general rule, 300-level courses will be more theoretically and/or conceptually dense. Non-majors are welcome, but should understand that such courses typically will demand that students embrace key theories, concepts, frameworks, and/or methods in the discipline.