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Honors in International Studies

Rising Seniors who have excelled academically in the major are eligible to apply for Honors in International Studies. Honors in International Studies is awarded to eligible graduating seniors who have been accepted into the program and successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete INT 498 Senior Capstone Seminar and earn a grade of B or above.
  2. Complete INT 497 Honors Thesis in International Studies with their faculty mentor and earn a grade of B or above.
  3. Complete an Honors Thesis that is at least 50 pages in length, based on original research, and is approved by the International Studies Honors Committee.



You may apply for the Honors track in International Studies if you have fulfilled the following:

  1. Completed 20 credit hours (5 units) in coursework in International Studies, including no less than 12 hours (3 units) at The College. One of the completed courses must be INT 200.
  2. Maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.5 at The College, as well as a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses counting toward the Major.
  3. Completed the study abroad requirement for the major by the end of junior year.

Final selection requires the approval of an Honors Thesis Advisor and the International Studies Core Committee. The number of students accepted is limited; the Program will select a small number of students each year based on the thesis application, past coursework, and perceived likelihood of the student completing the thesis.


Application Process

Interested students should identify a faculty member from the International Studies faculty to ask to serve as the Honors Thesis Advisor. Once the student has found a faculty member who has agreed to serve as the Honors Thesis Advisor, they should work with that person to develop a project proposal that will be part of the student’s Application for Honors.

Applications from eligible students are due by April 1 of the student’s junior year. Students who are studying abroad in the spring semester may request an extension from the Director of International Studies, if needed. The application should include the following:

  1. A description of the proposed thesis topic and research design
  2. A preliminary bibliography
  3. A project timeline
  4. The names of the Honors Thesis Advisor and a faculty member who will serve as a second reader for the thesis. These two faculty, along with the Director of International Studies, will form the student’s Honors Thesis Committee.

Students will be notified by May 1 if their application has been approved.