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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, and incorporates special seminars, an honors colloquium—a series of interdisciplinary discussions—and a thesis. An emphasis on independent research prepares students for their intensive thesis projects, the results of which are published within the College. 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. These special opportunities include seminars uniquely designed for the Honors Program, ambitious independent projects culminating in the senior honors thesis, and the intellectual excitement of a multidisciplinary classroom, where students from all majors address significant matters with faculty who are experts in integrative teaching and scholarship.
College Honors Program Director
Associate Professor Mathew N. Schmalz
Department of Religious Studies