The Honors Program

Unlike the Rhetoric and Humanities Programs, the Honors Program is simultaneously a scholarship program, an academic enrichment program, and a cultural enrichment program. In addition, most of the opportunities offered by the Honors Program are options, not requirements.

The Program has the following components, each an independent entity:

  1. Introductory Honors Seminar for freshman honors scholars, consisting of one course per semester for two semesters. The Honors seminar usually is jointly taught by instructors from two of the College's three divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Science).
  2. Honors Reading Seminars are small-group discussion courses normally meeting for one hour per week and following one book (classical or contemporary fiction or non-fiction) over the course of a semester.
  3. Student Summer Research Program, awarding research grants to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who show exceptional promise as independent researchers.
    Apply for the 2013 Summer Research Program for Students -- Deadline for applications: March 19, 2013
  4. Departmental Honors, comprising a series of courses, independent studies, or tutorials focused on a central theme and culminating in a Departmental Honors Project in the student's major or, if the student is pursuing a double major, in a cross-disciplinary project that draws on both fields.
    Apply for 2012-2013 Departmental Honors-- Deadline for applications: September 11, 2012
  5. Senior Fellowships, providing a year-long program of independent study for students who have demonstrated exceptional maturity, intellectual competence, and imaginative curiosity.
    Apply for a 2013-2014 Senior Fellowship-- Deadline for applications: April 8, 2013 

Participation in the Honors Program is limited to recipients of honors scholarships and to other demonstrably superior students who apply for membership in the program. Entrance into any phase of the program is subject to the approval of the Honors Council.