Honors in Political Science

The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance. The grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50. Students majoring in Political Science and wishing to graduate with honors must meet the following requirements: A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 in political science courses, a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50, and completion of a senior honors thesis which includes earning six hours of credit for Political Science 4991. Students must arrange for a faculty member in the department to direct the thesis; and the thesis is to be defended orally before a committee composed of the thesis director, another member of the department, and a representative of the honors program.

Students concentrating in political science must complete 34 hours in their major, including courses POLI 2151, 2600 or 2700, 2900, and 4999 as well as six hours in math above 1022.

The nine hours in foreign language must be in the same language. Alternatively, students may opt to take 12 hours in two foreign languages (6 hours in each of two languages). If the 12-hour option is chosen, it reduces approved electives by 3 hours. Be sure that there is at least one humanities course at or above the 2000 level among the electives.

Students must also demonstrate oral communication competence, either by passing Film and Theatre Arts 2650 or 2660, or by satisfying the significant oral component of any course that includes such a component.

Students with 45 hours or more who have not completed Political Science 2900 are advised to take that course at the first opportunity.

At least 18 hours in political science must be chosen from courses numbered over 3000. At least one 3000+ Political Science course must be chosen in U.S. politics: POLI 4170, 4210, 4600, 4601, 4621, 4630, 4640, 4650, 4653. At least one 3000+ Political Science course must be chosen from the fields of comparative politics (course numbers beginning with ‘47’) and/or international relations (course numbers beginning with ‘48’).

Students shall select 12 additional hours in humanities and social sciences (other than political science) at or above the 3000 level and 35 additional hours in any field. The curriculum must include at least 6 hours of humanities at 2000 or above and at least 3 hours of social sciences other than political science.