Current notable faculty include Manny Azenberg , a Broadway producer whose productions have won 40 Tony Awards ; Adrian Bejan , inventor of the constructal theory and namesake of the Bejan number ; and David Brooks , a columnist for The New York Times . Walter E. Dellinger III , formerly the United States Solicitor General , Assistant Attorney General , and head of the Office of Legal Counsel under Bill Clinton , serves as a law professor. Novelist and playwright Ariel Dorfman won the 1992 Laurence Olivier Award , while Peter Feaver was a member of the National Security Council under Clinton and George W. Bush . David Gergen served as an advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon , Gerald Ford , Ronald Reagan , and Bill Clinton . John Hope Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton, while William Raspberry , a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post , won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. 10 Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the university.
Juniors with a minimum GPA of at least in sociology, an excellent performance in sociological methods, and the strong endorsement of at least one faculty member will be considered for participation in the program. Interested students meeting these criteria should contact Prof. Angel Harris ( @ ) to schedule an appointment. Students who do not meet these criteria but who have a strong desire to write a thesis may also request an interview. Please contact Prof. Angel Harris ( @ ) for additional information or to schedule an appointment for an interview.
Course is open to junior political science majors who intend to write an honors thesis during their senior year. Purpose of the course is to develop a thesis project, and to prepare students to conduct independent research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Students will acquire the skills required to formulate a research question, develop a research design, conduct literature reviews, and gather appropriate data. Major component of the class will be to practice these skills through weekly written assignments, and the completion of a research proposal for the honors thesis project. Course will not fulfill capstone requirement for political science major.