The faculty thesis supervisor and the student are responsible for assembling the panel of reader/ examiners, and scheduling the oral examination. Ordinarily, the panel consists of at least three persons—two from the Political Science faculty and one from outside the department (possibly off campus).

The Honors thesis defense will include a formal, public (20-minute) oral presentation of the project followed by an oral examination by the Honors panel. Normally, the entire honors defense lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

The Honors panel will conduct the oral examination of the student and the students’ project. Approval of the project for official submittal and listing as a Senior Honors Thesis will be made by the panel on criteria appropriate to the context of each project but meeting the standards of exceptional research effort, distinctive analysis and interpretation, and effective writing. The panel will also provide the student with comments and recommendations for final revision of the project. Oral examinations must be completed no later than the date specified from the Academic Programs Office (typically the third week of April).

The final editing and preparation of the Honors thesis to be submitted to the Academic Programs Office should reflect the recommendations of the Honors panel and meet the format and copy standards of professional social scientists. Students must submit their Honors thesis to Academic Programs no later than the specified date (typically the last week of April).