Students who successfully write and defend a thesis judged worthy of honors by the Department will graduate with honors in political science or international relations.
The Department bestows "distinction" on certain graduating students who have distinguished themselves within the majors of political science or international relations, demonstrated by exceptionally high GPA and general academic excellence. An honors thesis is not required to receive "distinction."
Department awards are announced at the Senior/Faculty Banquet in the spring. The Department typically gives the following four awards:
Political Science Awards:
- The Carroll F. Miles Award — Bestowed on the outstanding student in Political Science
- The Roy M. Tollefson Award — Conferred on a student of high academic achievement in political science who has made the greatest contribution to the Department's academic and co-curricular programs.
International Relations Awards:
- The James P. Warburg Award — Bestowed on the outstanding student in International Relations.
- The Dag Hammarskjöld Award — In recognition of service and scholarship in the International Relations major.