A student may work for Honors beginning in the spring semester of his/her junior year. Students who fulfill the following conditions will be awarded honors at Commencement:
- A 3.70 grade point average in international studies
- Enrollment in an independent study offered by a member of the departments participating in the international studies major during the Fall semester. The submission and approval of an honors essay as the culmination of the independent study. This essay must be of substantial length (approximately 50 pages) and be based upon an appropriate volume of primary and secondary research.
- A grade in the independent study of no less than B+.
- Passing of an oral defense of the project conducted by members of the departments participating in the International Studies major.