2015-2016 General Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2018  
2015-2016 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, H.B.S. - Honors

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Major Requirements for Political Science

Political Science
Orson Spencer Hall 252

Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 48

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 36 hours in POLS courses are required; POLS courses must be taken for a grade.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in major.
  • Required and introductory coursework: grade must be C- or better.
  • Allied department courses from 1000-5999 level must be taken for a grade.
  • At least 15 semester hours in POLS courses must be completed at the U of U.
  • A maximum of 6 internship hours may be counted as part of the political science major.

Required Course


  • Complete 18 additional hours in 3000 level or higher POLS courses.
  • Complete a minimum of 9 hours in 5000 level POLS courses.

Allied Hours

Complete 12 credit hours in related departments. Allied departments include Anthropology, City and Metropolitan Planning, Communication, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Family and Consumer Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.

Honors Required Courses

Students who complete the Honors Degree requirements AND maintain a 3.5 gpa will recieve the Honors Degree (H.B.S or H.B.A.) designation on their diploma.

See Honors College  for more information.


Complete 3 additional honors (HONOR or HON attribute) courses.


Complete 1 Honors Thesis course (DEPT 4999) in your major department.

Final thesis must be approved by Honors Advisor.

Honors Courses for Political Science

  • Students completing the Political Science Honors degrees can substitute   for   from the Required Courses.
  • The department offers graduate level courses (POLS 6000-6999), which fulfill elective honors electives for students in the Honors College who wish to enrich their experience within the Political Science major.
  • To learn more about the honors degree in Political Science, contact Professor Matthew Burbank, at mburbank@poli-sci.utah.edu.