IRG Honors Thesis Program
The Honors Thesis Program is a year-long (fall-spring) two-course sequence that provides IRG majors in their final year of study with the opportunity to undertake a significant research project in a subject related to International Relations and Global Studies.
Students admitted into the Honors Thesis Program meet weekly in the fall semester with Michael Anderson, the IRG director, in an organized tutorial seminar (IRG 678HA). Early on during the fall semester, students select a faculty supervisor who will work with them on individual research projects through the spring semester (IRG 678HB). An IRG faculty member (Michael Anderson, Stephanie Holmsten, Michael Mosser) must serve as supervisor or second reader on an IRG Honors Thesis.
To graduate with Departmental Honors, students must have at least a 3.5 grade point average in International Relations and Global Studies, a 3.0 overall UT grade point average, 42 semester hours of IRG major coursework (including IRG 678 HA/HB with grades of B or better), and the recommendation of his/her thesis supervisor. However, the admission committee will consider applications from all students (even those who currently don’t meet the minimum requirements for graduating with honors).
Students in all track areas—International Security; International Political Economy; Culture, Media, and the Arts; and Science, Technology, and the Environment—are encouraged to apply.