The Program
The honors program runs through all three quarters of the senior (4th) year, with successful applicants enrolling in POLS 197 A, 197 B, and 197C.  Students conduct research in a largely unstructured environment, meeting weekly with other honors students and with their faculty advisors. Success requires the ability to manage time well and to work toward long-term goals in a self-motivated way. The culmination of the Honors program is a written thesis document and an end of the year colloquium wherein each student presents his or her work publically to political science faculty, peers, and invited guests.  Students completing the Departmental Honors Program will graduate with Distinction in the Major.

Eligibility for the program requires:

  • a minimum 3.3 cumulative UCSB GPA, and a 3.5 GPA or better in the political science major. 
  • significant progress toward completion of the major (via completed upper division courses in political science) by the end of the winter quarter of the junior (3rd) year
  • PS 15 must be completed with a grade no lower than a B-, and no later than the spring quarter of the junior (3rd) year.

All students in the major who meet these minimum requirements will receive an invitation to apply to the program early in the spring quarter. For more information about the department's honors program, please contact either Professor Heather Stoll (Director of the Honors Program) or Dr. Alison Keleher (Undergraduate Program Coordinator).


Application:  For more information, students who are extended an invitation to participate in the program need to apply by September 1, using the application available here


How Your Units Can Be Allocated

Up to eight units of Honor's Program credit may be applied to a student's core concentration by petition.  Further, four of these eight units may be applied to another (non-core) area by petition.  See the attached petition form for additional information:  /sites/secure.lsit.ucsb.edu.poli.d7-2/files/sitefiles/Honors%20Petition%20042717_0.pdf                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Honors Lounge

Honors students, and members of Pi Sigma Alpha (the Political Science National Honors Society) have access to the Lancaster Room, or Honors Lounge, during regular Department operating hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday).  For information on access to the Lancaster Room, students should check in with the Peer Advising Office (Ellison Hall #3838).