Departmental Honors

Purpose

The purpose of departmental honors is for students who intend to study at the graduate level to perform a project on a level beyond the normal undergraduate. Departmental honors are reserved for the best students in the department who have shown superior abilities in their course work.

Prerequisites

(Departmental honors are reserved for Political Economy majors and International Political Economy majors)

  1. Completion of the department’s core requirements
  2. Senior standing at the time of completion of the project
  3. At least a 3.5 Grade Point Average within the major.

Requirements

  1. Initial Proposal - All students must complete an initial proposal for their honors project a year before they intend to graduate. This will normally be during the spring of the student’s junior year. The initial proposal should include a clear thesis and research design for the project. The student should work closely with the project advisor in designing the initial proposal. All faculty members of the department must approve the proposal prior to the end of the student ’s junior year (Faculty members on sabbatical, leave etc. do not have to approve the proposal).
  2. Final Proposal - All students must complete a final proposal for their honors project before the break of their second to last full (fall or spring) semester before graduation. This will normally be during the fall of the student’s senior year. The final proposal should include at least: a well-defined and supported thesis, a tentative outline of the final paper, a literature review, a partial bibliography and a full description of the methodology to be pursued in the project. All faculty members of the department must approve the proposal prior to the break of the second to last full (fall or spring) semester before graduation (Faculty members on sabbatical, leave etc. do not have to approve the proposal).
  3. First Paper Draft - All students must complete an initial draft of the honors paper by the beginning of their final semester of study. This will normally be at the beginning of the spring of the student’s senior year. All faculty members of the department will review the draft (faculty on sabbatical or leave may be exempt). The project advisor will integrate the faculty comments into a single document for the student and review the comments with the student. It is the responsibility of the student, with assistance of the advisor, to ensure all of the comments are properly addressed.
  4. Final Honors Paper - The student will hand in a final paper to all faculty members of the department by the break of the student’s final semester. This will normally be the spring of the student’s senior year. Any final comments by the faculty members of the department will be compiled by the project advisor and presented to the student. It is the responsibility of the student, with assistance of the advisor, to ensure all of the comments are properly addressed.
  5. Oral Presentation - The student will make an oral presentation of their final work to the entire department (faculty and students) before final grades are due. No grade for the honors project will be turned in until after the oral presentation.

Credits

Students should register for POE480 to receive credit for their honors project. The student should register for two credits for their last three semesters in the program for a total of six credits. Students will receive a “P” or “F” for grades until the final paper and oral presentation is completed. If the student does not complete any stage of the project by the above-mentioned time, an “F” will be recorded or the credits will be changed to POE 494, Independent Study, at the discretion of the department.

Grading

Grading of the honors project will be done by all of the faculty members of the department. If a student does not fulfill any of the above requirements by the time noted above, honors will not be awarded. The student may wish to change the honors project to an independent study with permission of the advisor and department chair.