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The Political Science Honours Program

The aim of the Honours Program is unapologetically academic: to take some of our best students, who may still have one foot planted in high school, and guide them toward planting one foot squarely in a graduate or professional program.

The Honours program is open to qualified undergraduate students with a GPA of at least 3.4. Students may apply for admission to the program following completion of the first five full-year course equivalents, provided they have achieved a  grade point average of 3.4. Students in the program are required to maintain a GPA of 3.4 or above, and to take a number of required courses, including two 4th-year capstone courses open only to them: the Honours Seminar (POLI 590) during the Fall, and the Honours Thesis (POLI 591) during the Winter. 

The Honours Seminar (POLI 590)

Structured like a graduate seminar, POLI 590 is an advanced introduction to selected seminal works in political science and in the social sciences more generally.  The course is reading, writing, and discussion intensive. Students read a book a week, and write weekly book reviews. During this term, students are also required to find a supervisor for POLI 591 and to present a well structured proposal of their thesis project.

The Honours Thesis (POLI 591)

The aim of the thesis is to provide Honours students with an opportunity to delve deeply into a topic of their interest, in something resembling the graduate experience: with an expert mentor and guide. Students work closely with a faculty member who helps them develop their research, technical, writing, and analytical skills. In some cases, possibly many, it may launch students toward a fruitful graduate career.

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Admission to the BA Honours in Political Science

Completion Requirements for a BA Honours in Political Science

Courses in Political Science - Calendar Summaries

Courses in Political Science - Subdiscipline Approaches

Courses in Political Science - Semester Offerings

Faculty and Research Interests


Student Advising

Contact the Honours Program Coordinator at polihons@ucalgary.ca. See the Department of Political Science Student Advising  page for more information on student advising.