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. 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 or senior 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 / HONORS COURSE / SPRING 2022

Stranger, Rebel, Artist: The Political Theory of Albert Camus 

“If you want to be a philosopher,” Albert Camus once said, “write novels.” Born into poverty, this French Algerian author and hero of the French Resistance went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for writing three profound existentialist novels and a number of essays, stories and plays that explore the absurdity of human existence and the ethics of resistance to oppression. In this Honors Seminar, we will read, discuss and analyze a number of these enduring works, including The Stranger, The Plague, The Rebel, and The Myth of Sisyphus. Students will be guided through the process of writing a research paper about one aspect of Camus’s political thought.

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