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Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Program

Department Awards and Activities

The department offers several awards honoring outstanding student achievement.

The David Warren International Relations Award is given annually to the undergraduate who has most distinguished him or herself in the field of international relations or comparative politics.

The Stephen Wood Political Theory Award is given annually to the undergraduate who has distinguished him or herself in the field of political theory.

The Harold Thewlis American Government Award is given annually to the undergraduate who has most distinguished him or herself in the field of American government.

The Josephine Milburn Award for General Excellence in Political Science is given annually to the undergraduate or graduate student who, in the eyes of the department, has most distinguished him or herself for his contribution to the department.

The Excellence Award is the department's highest undergraduate honor. It is awarded to the most distinguished graduating political science major. Recipients' names are read by the President at graduation and published in the graduation bulletin.

The department reserves the right to make no award in a given year if there is no suitable candidate.

Student Honor Society

Various organizations exist through which majors may participate in departmental activities and interact with fellow students. Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, for example, has a local chapter. To be eligible for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, a student must have completed no fewer than 12 credit hours in political science with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students may also wish to join the department's Student Advisory Committee, which serves as a joint student-faculty forum to suggest ways of improving the department.

Students are also welcome to attend all department symposia and discussion forums, and are invited to attend any lectures given by visiting faculty from other institutions.