Why should you undertake the challenge of writing an honors thesis?
Graduating with honors tells future employers and educators that you have undertaken a major research project with minimal guidance from faculty and followed it through to the end. It shows that you can do more than follow instructions and do well on bluebook examinations; it attests to your critical and organizational abilities in a convincing way.
Honors Program Eligibility
Minimum Class Standing: Junior – 90.00 credits earned or more.
Minimum GPA Requirements: PS Major GPA: 3.70 – UO GPA: 3.50
The Honors Program spans from the Spring term of a student’s Junior year to the Spring term of their Senior year. GPA minimums must be maintained to participate.
The department will hold an information session during Spring term. Details are to be announced via the PS Majors email list – Honors Info Session Packet
Students who successfully complete a Political Science Honors Thesis may have their thesis nominated by their faculty advisor for the Philo Sherman Bennett Prize. This $750 prize is awarded to the writer of an exemplary political science honors thesis and is announced at the Honors Reception.
Ready to Get Started?
Review the program timeline: Honors Program Timeline and Agreement
The first step is to submit the PS 411: Honors Prospectus – Authorization to Register by Finals week of Spring term. The department office will check your eligibility after spring grades are submitted.
*If you are an Honors College student and would like to opt-out of PS 411, the first step is to submit a completed Honors Program Timeline and Agreement to the department office by Week 6 in Fall term of the academic year you wish to complete the thesis.
Past Bennett Prize Winning Theses
- 2019: Jenna-Marie Smallwood, Investigating the Relationship Between Corruption and Climate Change: Is Corruption bad for Climate Change?
- 2018: Sulley Schuster, Explaining the Negotiating Positions of Countries Within the Paris Agreement on Climate Change – An Interest-Based Approach
- 2017: Michael McIntosh, Analyzing the Intersection of Gentrification and Public Education in the United States
- 2016: Ethan McCormac, What is Past is Prologue: The History of the Breakdown of Economic Models Before and During the 2008 Financial Crisis
- 2015: Andrew Lubash, The Rise of Unaccountable Power: The Fight for Self-Determination at the University of Oregon
- 2014: Matthew Davis, Closing the Gap in State Legislative Races: The Effect of Campaign Spending on Ballot Drop-off