To graduate with honors in global and international studies, students must complete the requirements for the major plus GIST 699, Honors Capstone. The honors seminar allows students to have individualized assistance from a faculty member while they write their thesis. To enroll in the program, students must have a 3.5 grade-point average in the courses making up the global and international studies major and a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average, both of which must be maintained throughout the final years of enrollment. Students must obtain approval of their research topic by a faculty member affiliated with the Center for Global and International Studies who will serve as their thesis director. Each student who completes an honor's thesis must defend it in an oral examination before a thesis committee of three faculty members. The student's thesis director chairs and chooses the committee in consultation with the student and the center director.