GOV 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
The Honors Tutorial is a year-long course that provides motivated undergraduates with an opportunity to conduct research on a Political Science topic of their choice. The fall semester seminar will introduce students to a variety of empirical research methods and will also function as a forum for students to develop a thesis topic, test out ideas, and present research findings in a structured and collegial setting. This is a demanding course that will require constant active work both in the seminar and outside of class. Much of the work is self-directed and heavy premiums will be placed on acquiring the skills to conduct an independent research project and in writing-up that research in a social science format. By the end of the academic year, students are expected to complete a thesis under the supervision of the Honors Advisor and a secondary advisor in the Government Department of the student's choice (subject to mutual agreement). By the end of the fall semester, students are expected to have completed the first chapter of the thesis and a detailed outline with a schedule for completing subsequent chapters during the spring semester. Members of the Honors Tutorial are enrolled in a weekly seminar taught by the Honors Advisor. An application is required to gain admittance to the Honors Tutorial. The Honors Advisor decides who will be admitted to the tutorial, makes all decisions about course assignments, approves thesis proposals, assigns all grades, and decides who will graduate with "Special Honors in Government" (subject to college requirements). Note that admittance to the Honors Tutorial and completion of a thesis do not necessarily earn special honors.
Students will be notified about required common course readings before the start of the fall semester. The required common readings for the seminar will be light to moderate and the individual outside readings in students' own areas of research will be heavy.