Honors Program

Students at Commencement

The Department of Political Science Honors Program recognizes exceptional undergraduate majors. Upon graduation, students will receive the designation "honors," "high honors" or "highest honors." 

Eligibility

In order to graduate with any level of honors, a political science major must satisfy three requirements:

1. Achieve a department GPA of at least 3.25

2.  A. Receive a grade of "B" or better in one of the following courses and complete an Honors Thesis: 

  • PSC 490 Honors Seminar
  • PSC 492 Pre-Law Honors Seminar
  • PSC 495 Senior Seminar
  • PSC 497 Honors Thesis

Or, B. Complete any graduate course (with instructor permission) with a grade of "B" or better

3. Officially apply for the Honors Program by submitting the Honors Application Form: 

With questions, please visit Pamela Menshel in 519 Park Hall or email pamela@buffalo.edu.

Designations

  • Honors: Students receiving a grade of at least "B" in the above courses and graduating with a GPA of at least 3.25 but less than 3.50
  • High Honors: Students receiving a grade of at least "B" in the above courses and graduating with a GPA of at least 3.50 but less than 3.75
  • Highest Honors: Students receiving a grade of at least "B" in the above courses and graduating with a GPA of over 3.75

University Honors College

Every year, the Honors College seeks to recruit an incoming class of 350 freshman scholars, and to provide academically gifted students with an innovative curriculum and unique opportunities outside the classroom that will enrich their studies and explore their interests across the disciplines.

Interested students must first apply for admission to the University at Buffalo. Students submitting the Common Application can apply to the Honors College in the Academics section. Students applying with the State University of New York (SUNY) Application should contact the Honors College to receive an application to the Honors College.