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Department of International Studies

Departmental Honors

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements INTL-HON

Outstanding students majoring in International Studies who are interested in departmental honors should submit an application form to the International Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than the second semester of the junior year. To be eligible to apply for the honors program, a student must first complete 15 credit hours in the International Studies major.

Before submitting the application, the student should identify a tentative thesis topic and also identify an honors thesis director, who will advise the student during research and writing. The honors thesis director should be a core faculty member in the Department of International Studies. The International Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies will provide guidance with this process, if needed. While taking required coursework, students will research and write an honors thesis or produce an in-depth creative project that integrates the student's thematic and regional concentration coursework and international experience in either a substantive original paper or performance, as appropriate.


  1. At the time of graduation, students must have:
    1. Earned a College GPA of 3.300 or higher
    2. Earned a Major GPA of 3.500 or higher
    3. Successfully complete the following course:
      • INTL-I 406 Honors International Studies Capstone Seminar
    4. Researched, written, and defended an honors thesis, or completed and defended an in-depth creative project, which merits a grade of A- or higher
  2. GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
    2. Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
    3. Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.