Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)
The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) provides opportunities for undergraduate research through the CISAC Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies and the CDDRL Undergraduate Honors Program. For information on the institute that manages student fellowship programs, see http://fsi.stanford.edu/fellowships/.
Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies
Co-Directors: Martha Crenshaw, Coit D. Blacker
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) coordinates a University-wide Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies. Students chosen for the honors program intern with a security-related organization, attend the program's honors college in Washington, D.C., in September, attend a year-long core seminar on international security research, and produce an honors thesis with policy implications. Upon fulfilling individual department course requirements and completing the honors program, students graduate in their major with a certificate in Honors in International Security Studies. To be considered for the program, students must demonstrate sufficient depth and breadth of international security course work. Successful applicants to the program are expected to have taken: POLISCI 114S, International Security in a Changing World; MS&E 193, Technology in National Security; and at least one related course such as ECON 150/PUBLPOL 104, Economic Policy Analysis; STS 110/MS&E 197/PUBLPOL 103B, Ethics and Public Policy; SOC 160, Formal Organizations; PUBLPOL 102/SOC 166, Organizations and Public Policy; POLISCI 110B, Strategy, War, and Politics; POLISCI 110D, War and Peace in American Foreign Policy; POLISCI 123/PUBLPOL 101, Politics and Public Policy; or POLISCI 114T, Major Issues in International Conflict Management. Students in the program enroll in IIS 199, Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies, in Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. Information about and applications to this program may be obtained from the Center for International Security and Cooperation, C206-7 Encina Hall Central, telephone (650) 725-9132 or http://cisac.stanford.edu.
Interschool Honors Program in Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
Directors: Kathryn Stoner-Weiss (AY 2011-12), Francis Fukuyama (AY 2012-13)
The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) Undergraduate Senior Honors Program provides students majoring in any Stanford academic department the opportunity to conduct an independent research project focused on the fields of democracy, development, and the rule of law under CDDRL faculty guidance. Students are required to complete a year-long honors research seminar that begins autumn quarter of the junior year. They will spend the last quarter of the senior year working independently with their faculty advisor to complete and submit their honors thesis ahead of their formal defense in mid-May. Upon fulfilling individual department course requirements and completing the honors program, students graduate with a certificate in Honors in Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
Students interested in the program consult with their prospective honors advisers in their junior year to determine the tentative thesis topic, which should have some degree of policy relevance. Prerequisites for the program include; a 3.5 grade-point average at the time they apply; a strong overall academic record; sufficient depth and breadth in the fields of democracy, economic and social development, rule of law, and human rights course work; and demonstrated skills in writing and conducting independent research.
Students are required to attend honors college in Washington, D.C. in September before autumn quarter classes begin. Applicants are discouraged from studying abroad during the duration of the CDDRL Undergraduate Honors program.
Required course work includes:
- INTNLREL/POLISCI 114D (5 units) CDDRL's flagship undergraduate lecture course taught during Autumn Quarter, which ideally should be completed before the student enters the honors program.
- DDRL Honors Research Methods Seminars: Students meet their peers and faculty on a weekly basis to present their project theses and receive feedback.
- Spring Quarter, Junior Year
- DDRL 189 (3 units) Honors Research
- Autumn Quarter, Senior Year
- DDRL 190 (3 units) Honors rResearch
- Winter Quarter, Senior Year
- DDRL 190 (3 units) Honors Research
- Spring Quarter, Junior Year
- Two additional courses that relate to the fields of democracy, development, and the rule of law (please see the program application for a list of examples).
Admitted students must be able to fulfill all course requirements in their individual majors by the time they graduate, in addition to the units required for the honors program.