Stanford Daily Article about IR Honors Program
IR reconsiders honors structure
While international relations is the third largest major in the School of Humanities and Sciences, its honors program has experienced a decline in student enrollment in recent years.
According to Ipshita Sengupta, student services administrator of the program in international relations, over 300 students are currently declared as international relations majors, but only seven or eight of those students are in the honors program. A few years ago, approximately 20 to 25 students participated in the honors program annually.
“International relations is a major that has a lot of breadth, [and] the honors program gives students the opportunity to concentrate on depth,” Sengupta said.
Thesis topics have typically ranged from issues in international education to human rights to international political economy.
Admission to the honors program requires prospective applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a strong thesis proposal that is approved by a faculty member in the international relations (IR) department.
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