International Studies Honors Program

The Honors Program in International Studies is an advanced educational and research program for outstanding undergraduate students in this major.

Requirements for the Honors International Studies major are as follows:


Admission to the program is based on a formal application submitted prior to the start of Fall quarter.

Looking for an Honors Thesis advisor, visit the Global and International Studies faculty page.


The Honors Program in the Department of Global & International Studies is open to International Studies majors (juniors asnd seniors). For all requirements, please visit UCI Catalogue

The Honors Program allows International Studies majors to engage in research leading to the completion of an honors thesis. 

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the major in International Studies, honors program participants must complete additional course work as specified below.

Online Application: Apply Now (Application Opens on March 1, 2024).

FALL 2024 DEADLINE: May 15, 2024


Coursework Requirements - HONORS

Fall Winter Spring
Intl St H180 Intl St H190 Intl St H190



INTL ST H180. International Studies Honors Research Seminar. 4 Units
In this course, each student formulates a written research plan (i.e., prospectus) for the honors thesis. Students also select a faculty member who agrees to supervise the research, evaluate the written work, and approve the honors thesis.

INTL ST H190. Honors Thesis. 4 Units
In the winter quarter, the faculty advisor supervises and evaluates data collection and analysis and reads and edits chapter drafts. The topic for the honors thesis is selected by the student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, and should reflect a theme consistent with the student's module in the International Studies major.

INTL ST H190. Honors Thesis. 4 Units
In the spring quarter, students enroll in a second quarter of Honors Thesis, with their faculty advisor. The thesis is to be completed by the student and approved by the advisor prior to the end of the quarter. Honor theses are read and evaluated by the advisor and the Undergraduate Program Director.

Honors students must also demonstrate a high level of language proficiency by completing two courses beyond the 2A level in language, literature, or culture taught in their chosen international language.


Previous International Studies Honors Program

For additional informaton about the Honors Program, contact Professor Yousuf Al-Bulushi, Undergraduate Director at


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