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Curriculum Requirements for the Honors Program

arts and sciences honors program

Honors Program Handbook

Freshman Year

  • Year-long, double-credit seminar "Western Cultural Tradition I-IV" (ancients and medievals)
  • First semester register for the same section of HONR 1101 and HONR 1102
  • Second semester continue in the same section of HONR 1103 and HONR 1104

Sophomore Year

  • Year-long, double-credit seminar "Western Cultural Tradition V-VIII" (1500-1900)
  • First semester register for the same section of HONR 1201 and HONR 1202
  • Second semester continue in the same section of HONR 1203 and HONR 1204

Junior Year

  • Two one-semester, single seminars, "Twentieth Century and the Tradition I and II"
  • First semester register for any section of TCT I (modernism)
  • Second semester register for any section of TCT II (post-modernism)
  • If you spend one semester abroad, take TCT I or II in the semester you're at BC

Senior Year

In most cases seniors will do a two-semester senior thesis, generally in the major. Senior Thesis/Project Proposal Form is submitted by the last day of classes in the Junior Year.

See Boston College University Libraries: How to prepare your Honors Thesis for electronic submission.

Alternatively, seniors may satisfy the requirements of the Honors Program by taking two HP classes. Exactly what those classes are will depend partly on whether you spent all or part of your junior year abroad. The general principle is that in the last two years you owe the HP three credits of work for every semester you are on campus. The following are the options:

  • No JYA: Two-semester Senior Thesis or two HP Senior Seminars
  • One Semester JYA:
    • Track 1: Two semester senior thesis
    • Track 2: Both the other semester of the 20thc course and a Senior Seminar
  • Full year JYA: Either a two-semester senior thesis or both 20thc courses

Students meeting these requirements and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.4 will graduate as members of the A&S Honors Program.