Political Science Honours Degree

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.

The small class sizes in upper-division seminars mean that Honours students develop personal relationships with professors and classmates. 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.


  • 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).

Application requirements:

  • Completed Honours Application form (download form below)
  • Identify two potential faculty members to supervise your Honours essay
  • SFU advising transcript
  • 250-word statement of interest
  • Writing sample (usually a course paper)

Application deadline:

  • May 31, 2020

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