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The Honours program is intended to give students advanced knowledge of political science. Students complete 60 upper division units for the Honours degree, which provides a broad background in the field, as well as the chance to concentrate on one specific area of interest.
Participating in the SFU Political Science Honours program is a beneficial experience for students. It gives them the opportunity to:
- Make important connections and lasting friendships as part of a small cohort of 8–12 highly motivated political science students
- Work closely with a faculty supervisor to cultivate an essential refrence for future internships, graduate school applications, etc.
- Deepen their knowledge in a specific area, improve their higher-order thinking skills, and demonstrate their capacity for independent thought and task execution—all of which are essential for success in a competitive job market.
In their final year, Honours students complete a 5-unit Honours essay, working closely with a faculty supervisor to complete a research project. For many students, the chance to choose a topic of personal interest, design a reading list and research plan, and write the essay with close consultation of their supervisor make the Honours Essay the highlight of their undergraduate career.
How to Apply:
- Review the Honours program's Frequently Asked Questions.
- Complete the Honours program's Application Form.
- Identify two potential faculty members to supervise your Honours essay.
- Submit your SFU advising transcript.
- Submit a 250-word statement of interest.
- Submit a writing sample (usually a course paper).
- Contact the Undergraduate Advisor with any questions, and then email your application package.
Application Deadline: May 31st annually
- Your CGPA is at least 3.0.
- Your UDGPA is at least 3.33.
- You have completed at least 75 units, and are within three (3) terms of completing your degree.
Honours degree requirements:
- 120 units total – 60 Upper Division units total
- 48 Upper Division POL units, including POL 499-5 Honours Essay and POL 490-5 Honours Seminar. An additional 8 of these 48 units must be at the 400-level (see calendar for details).