Honors for Policy Studies

The Honor's Section of PST 101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy

The Honors section requires you to attend and complete the work for PST101 and participate in a 55-minute section once a week.  During this section, students complete a short teach research project for a university client, practice Dale Carnegie principles and has discussions with experts who speak in the lecture and Professor Coplin.

Honor's Capstone Project

Option 1:

Policy Studies majors who wish to pursue this option will start working with Prof. Austin Zwick in their junior year to identify a topic and embark on their project.  Prof. Zwick will serve as your Honors Thesis Advisor.  In the fall of your senior year, you are required to enroll in PST410.9: Advanced Policy Research to fulfill the Policy Studies requirement.  You will complete a significant portion of your research project during this class.  You will then register for PST 499 in the spring of your senior year to complete your project and fulfill the Honors thesis requirement.  You should work with Prof. Zwick to identify another faculty member to serve as a reader for your project. Students who plan to graduate a semester early (i.e. December graduates) should meet with Prof. Zwick and their Honors thesis coordinator in the Honors program during their junior year, to discuss a revised timeline for completing their thesis requirement.

Option 2:

Policy Studies majors who wish to pursue this option will start working with a professor in an affiliated discipline but outside of Policy Studies, who is an expert in the  research topic of interest.  This process will start in your junior year and the identified professor will serve as your Honors Thesis advisor while Prof. Austin Zwick will serve as the reader for your project.  You must notify Prof. Zwick about your thesis project by the fall of your senior year by submitting your proposal that is approved by your thesis advisor.  You will register for PST 499 in the spring of your senior year to complete the Honors thesis requirement.  Students who plan to graduate a semester early (i.e. December graduates) should meet with their thesis advisor and their Honors thesis coordinator in the Honors program during their junior year, to discuss a revised timeline for completing their thesis requirement.