What is the Honors Program in the Global Studies major?

  • An honors program is available in which the student can pursue a year-long independent research project that also fulfills the seminar requirement; successful completion of this project may entitle the student to graduate “With Honors in Global Studies.”

If I want to write an honors thesis, when should I start thinking about it?

  • In your sophomore year.  No kidding.  An honors thesis should be the culmination of all your work over time.  You need to have taken the courses that would support advanced work in your chosen field.  If you have general ideas as to your topic, you can ideally do some preliminary work during your junior study abroad.  Be in contact with your intended advisor about possible ideas; topics rarely emerge in their first round.

How do I proceed in pursing the Honors Program?

  • To be eligible, you must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better in the major at the time of graduation and should submit a statement of intent to the program director by May 1st of the junior year.  This is to allow you to begin reading and narrowing the topic in the following summer.  In the fall, you will register for a semester-long workshop on writing honors proposals.  The final deadline for submission of a completed honors thesis proposal is the first Friday in October. See the Global Studies Handbook (online) for further information about procedures, including mid-year evaluation and deadline for completion of the thesis.  For more information, visit the Honors Program Policy Guidelines.

Is there funding for senior projects and honors theses?

  • Yes.  Thanks to the generosity of alumni David P. Hunt there are funds available to support research during January of the senior year.  This research normally takes place overseas, but you might use it to support archival work or interviews in a city such as  DC.  You must submit a proposal  by the third Friday in September. You may also apply for up to $500 from the Dean of Faculty’s special student projects fund to support independent research.   This, for example, might support a research trip to DC (crashing on recent alums couches) to generate material or conduct interviews for your project.

Does GS have funding for internships?

  • No, GS does not have separate funding for internships.  Thus, you are encouraged to consult Davis Connects and the Goldfarb Center Funding sources.
  • You can also look at funding for internships within other departments that you are a part of through other majors or minors.  Talk to your professors!  They will be able to direct you to the relevant resources.
    • For work in Latin America, you should also become familiar with the Walker Grants administered through Latin America Studies; for work in Asia, the East Asia program has funding through the Freeman grants.
  • Additionally, the OAK Institute for Human Rights provides funding for summer internships related to human rights (many things may full under this category).

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