Students who successfully complete an honors thesis can graduate with distinction or highest distinction. Graduating with distinction is among the highest honors that Duke bestows on its undergraduates.
The honors program is a two-semester sequence, most commonly completed in spring of junior year through fall of senior year (PUBPOL 495S and PUBPOL 496S).
To qualify for the honors program, a student must have a 3.4 GPA* in the following core courses:
- PUBPOL 155
- PUBPOL 301
- PUBPOL 302/GLHLTH 210
- PUBPOL 303
* Beginning with the class of 2026, the GPA cutoff to qualify for the honors program will be a 3.7.