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Arts and Sciences Honors Program

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The Arts and Sciences Honors Program, one of the oldest in the country, provides a select group of undergraduates with a grounding in the classics of Western thought through a rigorous curriculum. It is marked by small classes, discussion seminars and close interpersonal contact between students and instructors who also act as academic advisors.

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Honors seniors
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By Tashrika Sharma for BC Reads

"Singularity".  Tashrika Sharma, 2015, studies studio art and mathematics.  Tashrika spent the summer of 2013 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Career Discovery Program and will be in Austria on a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Vienna at Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The "Angewandte" is a European Center for STEM and art.  Her thesis project is best described in her own words:

My combined Research/ETA Fulbright grant allows me to continue my study of visual perceptions through knot theory and the study of knot theory through visual diagrams. A knot behaves like a closed string in space with some "knotted" region. Currently my thesis is about studying singularities in three-dimensional knot projections.

Imagine you are holding a quarter, and as you move the quarter around, there is a certain time when you are only looking at the boundary of the quarter. You are seeing the thickness of the quarter as a rectangle, but you are seeing none of the "roundness." You cannot use this perception of the quarter to identify that what you are looking at is indeed a quarter. When we are faced with this type of perception, we call this projection of the object onto our eyes as a singularity.

Our quarter's singularity is correlative to a singularity in a knot projection (what we see when we look at a three-dimensional knot in space).

 

 

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Featured Great Book

The commedia of Dante Alighieri typically completes the first year Honors curriculum.  As pilgrim in his own epic, Dante returns to an Ithaka of sorts.  His Beatrice died in 1290 and his fictional self for 10 years to 1300 matched Odysseus's lengthy delay in returning home from Troy.  The challenge of this text touches upon all of the key concerns of the hoped for outcomes of the Honors Program curriculum.

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Arts and Culture

The Honors Program sponsors frequent outings to Boston-area ​arts events. Offers of free tickets are sent to students at their BC e-mail addresses. Students with ideas for such outings are invited to submit proposals to Professor Constas at constas@bc.edu.

 

Fellowship and scholarship opportunities for undergraduates

Fulbright Winners
Recent Arts and Sciences Honors Program seniors and graduates

2015

Victoria Mariconti, Poland
Cameron Givens, Germany
Tashrika Sharma, Austria

2014

Alison Wawrzyniak, Germany English Teaching TA

2013

Kim Crowley, France, TAPIF (sister program to Fulbright)
Kathryn Duerr, Germany English Teaching Assistantship
Sarah Gallagher, Germany ETA
Colleen Sinnott, Ecuador ETA
Sarah Slater, Brazil ETA
Brian Stamm, Germany, Research Fellowship
Kelsey Swift, Mexico, ETA

2012

Kristen Canfield, Ryan Folio, Matthew Richey, Katherine Ruddy and Zachary Zimmerman

 

 

Multimedia

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The Last Lecture
Video from Front Row

Mary Joe Hughes, Professor of the Practice of the Humanities, offers this "last lecture" in which she discusses thoughts prompted by the recent death of her husband.

Undergraduate Research 

Honors Thesis

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In many cases seniors in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program will write senior theses, typically on topics in their majors.
View 2015 theses

Places for undergrads to publish their scholarly work

Agora - Journal for Undergraduate Scholarly Papers.

Al-Noor - The Boston College Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Journal.

Elements - The Undergraduate Research Journal of Boston College.

Lingua Frankly - Boston College Working Papers in Linguistics


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