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Honors Program in International Security Studies

The CISAC Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies provides an opportunity for Stanford seniors from all undergraduate schools and majors to receive Honors in International Security Studies.

    Program Overview
  • Program Overview
  • Course requirements
  • Policy-relevant internship
  • Honors college
  • Honors seminar
  • Honors thesis

Program Overview

The CISAC Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies provides an opportunity for seniors from all undergraduate schools and majors who have strong academic records and interest in international security to receive Honors in International Security Studies. Students are admitted to the program on a competitive basis during winter quarter of junior year. The award of Honors is in addition to the student's major, which may be in any department or program. The CISAC Honors Program has drawn students from 28 different major departments and programs since its inception in 2000 and has an alumni network of 191 students through the class of 2017. Alumni consistently cite multiple strengths of the program, including inclusion of undergraduates in CISAC's vibrant intellectual environment, highly personalized attention from faculty, the program's unique focus within the university and beyond, and the program's interdisciplinary character. The program is currently co-directed by Amy Zegart and Coit Blacker. The program has five central requirements.

Course requirements

Succcessful completion of two courses is required as part of the honors conferral process.

Policy-relevant internship

A policy-relevant internship with a security-related organization or government agency, in order to gain real-world policy experience. Internships served before or during junior year, by approval of the program director, count toward the requirement. If students have not served an internship before the summer between junior and senior years, CISAC will assist in placing them and offer a small stipend for living expenses if need is demonstrated. Please note that conducting research on campus for a Stanford faculty member on an academic subject will not qualify as an internship. Please contact Marisa MacAskill if you have questions regarding whether or not an internship opportunity will fulfill this requirement.

Honors college

Program members are expected to participate in the CISAC Honors College, a two-week program that takes place in Washington, D.C., and on the Stanford campus in September before the start of the fall quarter of senior year.

Honors seminar

Participation in a weekly honors seminars throughout the academic year is required. The seminar is led by two CISAC instructors and a teaching assistant.

Honors thesis

Students will engage in research and analysis producing an honors thesis at the end of senior year that makes a substantive contribution to the understanding of an international security issue. Each student's research is directed by an individual adviser specializing in his or her field of study. To see what previous honors students have researched while at CISAC, please visit SearchWorks here.

In my four years working in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the skills training I learned from CISAC were invaluable.
Michael Sulmeyer

Honors Program Faculty 2017 - 2018

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Coit D. Blacker

Professor in International Studies
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Coit D. Blacker

Professor in International Studies
FSI Senior Fellow
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Amy Zegart

CISAC co-director
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Amy Zegart

CISAC co-director
FSI Senior Fellow
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Rochelle Terman (T.A.)

Postdoctoral Fellow, CISAC
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Rochelle Terman (T.A.)

Postdoctoral Fellow, CISAC

Facts & Stats

12 Number of spots
28 Major departments and programs represented
191 Alumni network
2000 Inception year
2 Course prerequisites

What is Honors College?

Honors College is a two-week program that takes place in Washington, D.C., and on the Stanford campus in September before the start of the fall quarter of senior year. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their thesis ideas with policymakers, members of the media, and think tank representatives, and to learn more about international security policy from a variety of sources.

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The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is February 16, 2018

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Meet the alumni from CISAC's Honors Program in International Security Studies

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Read honors theses from alumni from CISAC's Honors program

During their senior year at Stanford, students in the CISAC Undergraduate Honors Program write a thesis that aims to make a substantive contribution to the understanding of an international security issue. These honors theses are available here.