Dear Honors College students,


Below you will find information on how to coordinate your capstone project with your major requirements. We have made every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date. However, you should always discuss your course choices and schedule with your major advisor to verify that you are on track to complete all of your major requirements on schedule.


Major name:

Political Science


DUGS Name & Contact Information:

Kevin Lyles

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies


Major Advisor Name & Contact Information:

Leslie Carson Charlton
Undergraduate Academic Advisor - Social Sciences


Students working on their Honors Capstone project can enroll in the following course(s):

Course number

Course Name           

Number of Hours

Required for major

Elective in major

Required to earn Departmental Honors

When to enroll

POLS 305

Honors Course





Both semesters of capstone


Requirements for Departmental/College/Major honors:

To be considered for graduation with Distinction in political science, a student must have a minimum, cumulative UIC GPA of 3.25/4.00 and a minimum GPA of 3.50/4.00 in all political science courses. Students with the required grade point averages must write and present to a faculty examining committee of the department an acceptable essay while enrolled in POLS 305—Honors Course and defend it before that committee. The student must enroll in POLS 305 for 3 semester hours in each of the fall and spring semesters of the student’s senior year. Both the course and credit hours must be in addition to those required for the major. The level of distinction (Distinction, High Distinction, Highest Distinction) is determined by the department faculty, who will consider the recommendation of the faculty examining committee and the candidate’s GPA.