The College Honors Program brings together academically accomplished and highly motivated students to pursue multidisciplinary studies in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Guided by rotating faculty experts, students regularly meet and work to explore how knowledge from different areas can be tested and integrated across disciplines.
This highly selective and challenging program is composed of sophomores, juniors, and seniors from any major.Students are required to take two seminars specifically designed for the Honors program, to participate in a weekly honors colloquium—a series of interdisciplinary discussions—and to write a senior thesis. An emphasis on independent research prepares students for their intensive thesis projects. Honors students also publicly present their findings at the annual academic conference, a highlight of the academic year.
Additionally, some academic departments offer their own honors programs. Details of these programs can be found on the individual academic department Web sites.
The College Honors Program is one of the oldest programs providing special educational opportunities at Holy Cross. It offers distinctive challenges and benefits to students who seek the intellectual excitement of a multidisciplinary classroom and whose curiosity motivates them to undertake an ambitious but rewarding independent project culminating in the senior thesis.
College Honors Program Director
Professor Suzanne Kirschner
Director, College Scholar Programs
Academic Program Coordinator