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Undergraduate Thesis Program

Political Science students in the department’s Distinction program and/or in the Honors College may elect to complete a senior thesis. A senior thesis involves an independent, original faculty-mentored and faculty-supervised undergraduate research project on a Political Science topic that “makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the Discipline” (   Honors College students completing a thesis earn departmental honors from the Honors College.

Honors College


Students electing this option complete a 1-hour thesis tutorial course, usually in the spring of their junior year, in which they prepare a thesis proposal with faculty guidance and advice. The students then complete their thesis in their senior year, mentored and supervised by a faculty thesis committee. Student theses are publicly presented during their senior years. 


For more information on undergraduate theses, contact Dr. Adam Schiffer (, Dr. Michael Strausz (, or Dr. James Scott (