Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs

Honors in International and Public Affairs

Students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and scholarly achievement in the International and Public Affairs concentration have the opportunity to be recommended for graduation with honors.

To be considered for honors, students will have to meet the following guidelines: 

1.  Completion by the end of the junior year of the gateway course, the track foundational course, the junior seminar, the two-course methodology requirement (or language study option and one methodology course), at least two track electives, and the two-week thesis workshop. Only those students who achieve a grade of “A” in at least 6 of those 7 courses (the two-week thesis workshop is ungraded and does not count as a course) will be permitted to write a thesis in senior year. Grades of “S” are considered equivalent to a “B.” 

2.  Completion of an approved thesis application form in the spring of junior year. Approval will be conditional on the securing of an advisor, the identification of a clear research question, and the identification of a plan and schedule for conducting the research that will lead into the writing process ensuing in the fall of senior year. Only those students with an approved thesis application will be permitted to enter the senior thesis seminar in the fall and/or receive thesis research grants for the summer. 

3.  Completion of the senior thesis seminar in the fall of senior year, and completion of the independent study class with the thesis advisor in the spring of senior year. 

4.  Completion of a thesis deemed by the advisor and second reader to merit a “pass with distinction” grade. Completed theses that do not receive a “pass with distinction” grade disqualify the student for honors.

5.  Completion of an oral presentation on the thesis at the annual International and Public Affairs honors conference in the spring of senior year.

6.  The achievement of an “A” grade in at least 7 of the 11 courses required by the concentration. Grades of “S” are considered equivalent to a “B.”