University Scholars

What it's all about

University Scholars is an honors program that accepts only 50 students each fall semester.

Students in this program create their own individual degree. Under the academic advising of the program director, students can plan their course of study, tailoring educational interests to create a portfolio that will meet long-term academic goals. There are also three University Scholars course sections: two taken in the freshman year and a third in the junior year, in which certain core texts are read.

University Scholars allows students to cultivate a broad base of learning. Scholars typically develop one or more intellectual areas of concentration while also taking a variety of courses to round out their liberal education.

The program has no distribution requirements per se, but the program does have its own unique features. Chief among these is the development and mastery of a reading list, consisting of various works of literature outside of the Scholar's course work. In the junior year, each University Scholar sits for an "exit interview" based on these texts. All majors write a senior thesis, as well.

The program is not an end in itself but rather a point of departure for intellectual inquiry and academic excellence.

You might take classes such as:

  •  Great Texts
  •  Senior Thesis
  •  University Scholars Capstone Classes

Graduates of this major go on to:

  •  graduate studies in any area
  •  law school
  •  medical school