Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

Honors in Political Science

Qualified political science majors may graduate with honors in political science. This program honors students who achieve academic excellence in their studies and who successfully complete additional training in a special topics research seminar (PLSC 395). This course is offered each spring and students may enroll in it in their junior or senior year. Students may apply for admission to the honors program in the first semester of their junior year. Admission requires a 3.5 GPA overall and in political science. Admitted students may register for PLSC 395 in the spring semester of their junior year provided they have successfully completed seven political science classes (21 credit hours). The Honors Seminar will not count toward the 33 credit hours required for a political science major or as one of the required subfield courses.

Honors Application

For more information about the Political Science Honors Program, please contact Professor Robert Mayer (rmayer@luc.edu). 

PLSC 395: Political Science Honors Seminar

Title: PLSC 395 / HONORS COURSE / SPRING 2021 

The Arab Spring: Political Institutions & Constitutional Change 


This course focuses on the Arab Spring and the democratic transition and institutional changes that it brought to the Middle East and North Africa. In this course, students will be introduced to different theories of democratization, causes of the Arab Spring, as well as institutional changes and constitutional design in the post-Arab Spring Middle East. 

This class is available to students who have been admitted to the Political Science Honor’s Program.  Registration is by permission only.