The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) offers an Honors Plan for International Studies majors with an overall GPA of 3.4 and with a grade of B+ or better in INTLSTD 101. Students elect INTLSTD 498 in the Fall and INTLSTD 499 in the Winter (the senior Honors proseminars) during their senior year and write a major research paper under the direction of a faculty advisor and the instructor of INTLSTD 498-499.

For students interested in the PICS Honors Plan, Dr. Anthony Marcum will host an informational meeting on Monday, November 13, 4-5 PM, Room 355 Weiser Hall. This meeting is for any rising senior interested in enrolling in the Honors Plan for the 2018-2019 academic year and graduating with Honors (thus writing an Honors thesis) in Winter 2019. For more information, please visit the PICS Honors Plan webpage.

In the Winter 2018 semester, for the first time, Dr. Anthony Marcum will offer INTLSTD 390 - Designing Research in International Studies. This new course is strongly recommended for prospective International Studies Honors Plan students. The course will expose students to various approaches to conducting research in social sciences and the humanities and will provide students with a framework for identifying a problem to tackle in a research project, placing the problem within a discipline, designing a methodology for investigating the problem, and proposing a tentative outline for an argument. Instructor approval is required for enrollment in INTLSTD 390.