Departmental Honors Exam
Majors who have completed at least 60 hours for a grade at
Butler may qualify for Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors in
Political Science as follows:
|3.6 GPA in the Major
||3.7 GPA in the Major and either Comprehensive Examination OR
||3.8 GPA in the Major and Comprehensive Examination AND Honors
The Comprehensive Examination in Political Science (CEPS) is
designed to allow the major to demonstrate competency in the
discipline through a process of consultation and dialogue with the
departmental faculty and other candidates for departmental honors
- A Statement of Intent Form must
be submitted to the department chair by Tuesday of the first week
of December identifying two faculty readers and the three courses
from which the main ideas of the student's CEPS will focus and the
ideas themselves. This form must be signed by the student and the
two faculty involved before being submitted, making consultations
between the student and faculty necessary during the month of
- The candidate selects a common theme that runs through three
departmental courses taken with at least two full time faculty and
submits a written proposal and outline for a paper focusing on this
topic in such a way as to integrate material from each of the three
courses, including sustained discussion of at least one major work
from each course. Written proposals of one to two pages must be
submitted to the department chair by the Monday following Martin
Luther King Day.
- Candidates will be invited to make an oral presentation of
their proposals at a meeting of the departmental faculty and other
candidates during the second week of February.
- Upon completion of step 2, candidates will write integrative
papers as proposed above and further refined through consultation
dialogue. Papers should be 8 to 12 pages in length, double-spaced,
using font size 11 or 12 and standard documentation of citations.
Three faculty will read and evaluate each paper and assign an "H"
for honors quality work or an "N" for work that does not reflect
achievement at the honors level. These papers are due the first
week after Spring Break.
- Each candidate receiving an "H" for the paper above shall make
an oral presentation to the faculty, honors candidates and others
interested in attending during the third week after Spring