IR Departmental Honors

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In order to receive Departmental Honors in International Relations, students must complete a two-semester research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The project must also involce a significant co-curricular component.

The requirements for department honors are as follows:

  • Applicant must have achieved senior standing.
  • Having an overall 3.5 GPA upon entry into the IR Honors program.
  • Conducting in-depth research over the course of two semesters, culminating in an honors thesis. Research materials must include non-US sources; these may be in English translation, but special consideration when considering applications for honors projects will be given to those projects that depend on foreign language sources. The languages appropriate to the research may be determined in consultation with the mentor.
  • Engaging in co-curricular activities to be determined by the student and her/his mentor. Co-curricular activities must, in the judgement of the mentor, be related to the topic being written about. Students will be expected to report to their mentors on their participation in co-curricular activities.

For additional information, please download: Honors Project Application.

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