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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.

News and Events

Honors students of note

Maria Ireland

National Jesuit Leadership Conference

Maria Ireland '15, served as co-chair of the 2014 National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference, which brought together student leaders from all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States to develop ideas, explore student issues, and build stronger leadership skills to better serve their institutions in the Jesuit tradition. The conference was held at Boston College on July 23-27, 2014. 

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U.S. Youth Observer

Presidential Scholar Brooke Loughrin '14, was named the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations, part of a new effort to empower young voices on the global stage. U.S. Youth Observer Blog | Announcement release | Loughrin Profile Page

Fulbright Winners
Recent Arts and Sciences Honors Program graduates


Alison Wawrzyniak, Germany English Teaching TA


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


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

Fellowship and scholarship opportunities for undergraduates

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


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lectura dantis
Video from Front Row

Dante Alighieri's commedia is the culminating text of the first year of the Honors Program curriculum. Faculty, students and members of the University community gather three times each semester for a reading of a canto in Italian, followed by a lecture and discussion. One of the participants was Robert Pinsky.

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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 2014 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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