Honors Program

Honors Program

Students sitting for honors may have a minor in Public Policy in one of three ways:

  1. First, they may complete a two-credit policy thesis and submit it as their honors minor preparation.
  2. Second, and alternatively, they may submit for external examination course or seminar work amounting to two credits in the policy minor. (In this case, they still must do their required minor thesis. )
  3. Third, they may combine a one-credit thesis with a course or seminar.

Two credit work in policy issues might combine work in two policy courses for which a reasonable examination can be constructed and a suitable visiting examiner recruited. Policy work examined as a minor should meet three criteria:

  1. first, that the policy work fit together in some fashion that is coherent and examinable;
  2. second, that each student should take responsibility for developing his/her own combination (which will be judged on its practicability by the Public Policy Program Committee);
  3. and third, the work must meet the College requirement that the work be outside the student's major department.

In those circumstances in which it is essential to include work from the student's major department, a student can offer a three-unit package of courses, two of which must be from outside the student's major department.

Examples of such policy study for a minor in honors are: (1) the combination of a course on welfare policy and a course on health policy or (2) the combination of work on economic development and a history or political science class on some region in which development issues are a central theme. These are but two illustrative examples. Combinations of this sort would be arrived at through consultation with the Coordinator of the Program who could then recommend them to the Committee for approval.

The requirement that Public Policy honors work be done, at least in part, outside the student's major department is relevant also to those students offering a two-credit thesis for examination. In the case of a two-credit thesis, the Program Coordinator will determine that at least half of the thesis represents work done outside the student's major department.

The form of external examination (e.g., 3-hour written exam, oral exam alone) will depend on the nature of the student's preparation (e.g., thesis, course combination).