Honors in the Major

SFS-Q has three curricular majors—international politics, culture and politics, and international economics. Every year faculty members select a small group of each major’s top students and offer them training in the best principles of research in that field’s tradition. These 'Honors in the Major' students must author a substantial research paper that reflects nearly a year’s worth of work and present it to the SFS-Q community. Faculty members from each of the curricular majors read and critique the papers and decide which papers merit honors recognition. Students in all three majors are eligible to earn honors in the major. Requirements vary slightly by major but generally involve students earning a 3.33 cumulative GPA, a 3.67 GPA in the major, having a thesis proposal approved, taking one or two semesters of honors research coursework and completing an honors thesis judged to be of honors quality by a faculty and decanal committee. 

Further details on annual Honors in the Major awards are located in the Commencement
section of our annual reports.

Honors in the Major for 2014-2015

Culture and Politics

Student Name: Dana Qarout
Thesis Title: The First Intifada as Impetus and Feminist Consciousness as Space: Palestinian Women Writers
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ian Almond

International Politics 

Student Name: Fatema Hubail
Thesis Title: The Limits to 'Naming' and 'Shaming': The Ineffectiveness of NGOs in Changing Labor Practices in Qatar
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kai-Henrik Barth

International Economics

Student Name: Fatma Marafi
Thesis Title: Gender Discrimination in Mortgage Lending
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Alexis Antoniades

Student Name: Farah Mallah
Thesis Title: Identifying Network Effects in the Adoption of Sanitary Latrines
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Daniel Westbrook


Honors in the Major for 2013-2014

Culture and Politics

Student Name: Waad Adam
Thesis Title: Ibn Dayfulla's Tabaqat: An Analysis of Proto National Identity under the Funj
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Karine Walther

Student Name: Mariam Al-Thani
Thesis Title: The Malleability of Identity: An Exploration of the Muslim-Arab Detroit Community
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Karine Walther

Student Name: Mohamed Khalil Harb
Thesis Title: Living and Imagining City Spaces: The Case of Beirut
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Elizabeth Andretta

International Economics

Student Name: Caroline Abi Saleh
Thesis Title: Loan Rejection Rates and Voters' Behavior
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Alexis Antoniades