Honors in the Major

My honors experience with the GLOA 491/492 class was probably one of my favorites during my time at Mason. I was able to work on a research topic from start to finish for a whole year while receiving feedback from my small, tight-knit cohort of fellow classmates. This class not only taught me how to think critically on a long term project, but also helped me establish long-term relationships with other students - something that I had trouble with in my previous years due to the vast size of Global Affairs. I was also able to learn how to take criticism but also offer it respectfully and practice my public speaking skills in front of a large audience. I still have fond memories, and would highly encourage students to be part of this class.

Saira Bhatti, Global Affairs '14

Honors in the Major

The opportunity to graduate with honors in Global Affairs is open to exceptional students with an interest in researching global issues. Honors students take a two-semester course sequence: GLOA 491 (fall semester) and GLOA 492 (spring semester). To be eligible, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 with at least 60 credits completed at the beginning of the honors sequence. In GLOA 491, you will learn interdisciplinary research methods with a focus on global issues and learn how to write an effective proposal. In GLOA 492, you will research and write a substantial research paper, based on the proposal, while working closely with your faculty mentor. Honors students have done exciting research on topics ranging from human- and narco-trafficking to microfinance, from transitional justice and human rights to regional economic integration, from transnational adoption to cross-cultural dimensions of alcohol abuse. Honors in the major students are not limited to a particular theme, research method, or region and can explore any of their interests. You must complete both GLOA honors courses with an average GPA of 3.5 or above (and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above overall). Honors students are closely mentored by the GLOA faculty and encouraged to present their work at public events and conferences and pursue publishing opportunities.

Benefits of Honors in the Major

As a Global Affairs Honors Student, you will:

  • reinforce and apply knowledge gained in your core and concentration courses.
  • develop your research, writing, and presentational skills.
  • create close relationships with fellow Honors students and engage your intellectual curiosity by collaborating with faculty members on research projects.
  • participate in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • have the opportunity to present at national conferences.
  • identify graduate school interests, clarify career goals, and add a distinction to your resume that will impress future graduate schools and employers.


"I strongly encourage all high-achieving and motivated underclassmen to take this opportunity to perform exciting research and develop many of the key skills needed in the professional arenas such as analysis, writing, and presenting." 

Dawit B. Tegbaru, Global Affairs '14