Political Science Honours Degree

Political Science Honours Degree

Honours Program

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:

  1. Review the Honours program's Frequently Asked Questions.

  2. Complete the Honours program's Application Form.

  3. Identify two potential faculty members to supervise your Honours essay.

  4. Submit your SFU advising transcript.

  5. Submit a 250-word statement of interest.

  6. Submit a writing sample (usually a course paper).

  7. Contact the Undergraduate Advisor with any questions, and then email your application package.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting May 1st until July 31st. Applications will be considered starting June 1 in the order they are received and until spaces are full.


  • 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).

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