The Department of Political Science offers a separate and
unique Honors Program for motivated students. The program is ideal for students
seeking jobs in public or nonprofit sectors as well as advanced degrees in law,
public policy, or graduate study. It exposes students to advanced course
content, provides the chance for students to engage in rigorous research, and gives
students a unique opportunity to work closely with select political science
To meet program requirements, students complete a two-semester
Honors Seminar sequence, culminating with an original research project, defined
here as a full-length (35 page) scholarly paper or an applied project, which
combines research with policy analysis, professional experiences, or civic
The first step is to take Honors Seminar I in the fall semester. The topic for Honors Seminar I is based on
the research expertise of the faculty member conducting it for that year. This
course is based on an advanced reading of the core texts of that research topic
and helps students build a foundation or their research paper. It also allows
students to work individually with a faculty member to prepare their literature
review and methodology for their research project.
The next step is to take Honors Seminar II in the spring semester.
This course provides students the opportunity to build off their work in the
fall and develop their own original research project.The honors project will most commonly
culminate in the production of a 35-page (minimum) scholarly research paper,
though individual faculty may provide additional opportunities for applied research
projects to fulfill program requirements (such as a policy analysis paper or an
internship paired with a written analysis). All honors students will be
expected to present their project findings at a spring event organized by the
Department of Political Science.
Honors Seminar topic for 2021-2022 academic year: The
Return of Great Power Politics (Professor Boyle)
Honors Seminar topic for 2022-2023 academic year: TBD
Any political science major with a 3.0 grade-point average in the
major and an overall GPA of 3.0 is eligible to apply for the honors program.
Any four-year student meeting the eligibility criteria may apply beginning in
the second semester of sophomore year. Any transfer student meeting the
eligibility criteria may apply after completing one full semester at Rutgers-Camden.
To graduate with political science honors, a student must:
in and complete the two-semester Honors Seminar sequence (both courses) which must
be taken sequentially, beginning each fall semester.
NOTE: Completion of 790:102 The Study of Politics is a prerequisite
for the Honors Seminar sequence, meaning it must be completed before
beginning Honors Seminar I.
students (or juniors just joining the major) should make it a priority to
take 102 in their first year on campus or in this major to make sure that
they can complete the honors sequence. Freshman and sophomores should
take the 101/102 sequence their first year in the major.
- Earn a
B or higher in BOTH Honors Seminar I and II.
a 3.0 grade-point average in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0 by the
time of graduation.
Eligible students must submit their Honors Application to the Department of Political Science. Admission is subject to department approval.
Any four-year student meeting the eligibility criteria above
may apply beginning in the second semester of sophomore year. Any transfer
student meeting the eligibility criteria may apply after completing one full
semester at Rutgers Camden.
All applications must be submitted by end of the spring
semester of a student's junior year in order to be considered for admission.
Contact Dr. Maureen Donaghy, Chair of
the Rutgers-Camden Political Science Department: firstname.lastname@example.org.