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Political Science Honors Program

The Political Science Department offers a separate and unique Honors Program for motivated students. Our departmental Honors Program is ideal for students seeking jobs in public or nonprofit sectors as well as advanced degrees in law, public policy or graduate study. The program gives students a unique opportunity to work closely with select Political Science faculty members and to develop a writing project of their choosing. To prepare for the final project, students participate in an Honors Seminar and Honors Research Workshop designed for honors candidates. The program culminates with an Honors Thesis modeled on the tutorial system of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, where students work closely with a Political Science faculty member to create an individualized reading list and develop an independent research project.

What Are the Requirements?


Any student admitted into the honors program must:

-enroll in and complete an honors seminar (offered in  the fall a semesters each year), along with an honors research workshop (offered each spring semester).

-complete an honors thesis project, with sponsorship by an individual faculty member. The student must earn a B or higher on the thesis to complete the honors program.

-maintain a 3.0 GPA in the major, and an overall GPA of 3.0.

Who Can Apply ?

Any political science major with a 3.0 GPA in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0 is eligible to apply for the honors program.

When Should I Apply?

Any four-year student meeting the eligibility criteria above may apply beginning in the second semester of sophomore year.

Any transfer student meeting the eligibility criteria may apply after completing one full semester at Rutgers Camden.

All applications must be submitted by end of the fall semester of a student’s junior year in order to be considered for admission to the honors program.

How Do I Apply?

Eligible students must submit their Honors Application to the Political Science Department. Admission is subject to department approval.

Where Can I Go for Additional Information?

For further information on the Honors Program, please contact Dr. Richard Harris, chair of the Rutgers-Camden Political Science Department