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” (www.cur.org). Honors College students completing a thesis earn departmental honors from the 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.