The Political Science Department offers a separate and unique Honors Program for motivated students.

The program is ideal for students seeking jobs in public or nonprofit sectors as well as advanced degrees in law, public policy or graduate study. It 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.

Program Requirements

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

To be admitted, a student 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 grade-point average in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0.

Applying to the Program

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

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.


Dr. Richard Harris, chair of the Rutgers-Camden Political Science Department