The Honors Program offers intellectually ambitious students the opportunity to advance their liberal education in new areas by embracing academic challenges and experiences beyond those of our standard Program of Studies.
Each semester, as part of the honors colloquium, students explore selected texts, themes, authors, or media that complement our larger Program of Studies. One of the benefits of the colloquium is that students from all four years come together in a common pursuit. Recent Honors Colloquia have included the courses, authors, and texts listed in the table below.
Advanced Language Study
Students who have already achieved the required level of proficiency in Latin may take advanced Latin classes. For the purposes of eligibility for graduation with Honors, each of these classes may count as equivalent to one honors colloquium.
As the culmination of their undergraduate studies, honors students will research and write a thesis.
Eligibility Requirements for the Honors Program
In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors, the student must (1) have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, (2) complete a senior thesis, and (3) complete four honors colloquia. (Presidential Scholars are required to take six colloquia.)
Authors and Works
Forgotten Gems: Catholic Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Mauriac, Lagerkvist, Sienkiewicz, Boell, Manzoni, et al.
The Theology of C.S. Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, Abolition of Man, The Weight of Glory
History of the English Language
Inventing English, History of English
The Human Worlds of Field, Forest, and Fresh Water
Thoreau, Hubbard, Berry, Dillar, Heidegger, et al.
Spenser’s Faerie Queene
Spenser’s The Faerie Queene
Beauty and Artistic Form
Philosophies of Art and Beauty: Selected Reading in Aesthetics from Plato to Heidegger
Literature of Spiritual Crisis
Cicero, Boethius, Shakespeare, Manzoni, Guardini, Boll, Mauriac, Lagekvist, and O’Connor