Honors Scholar Program

The Honors Scholars Program

Carroll College's Honors Scholars Program is a highly selective academic program that approaches the liberal arts education by studying the great books of the western tradition.  Carroll is truly a special place to pursue your education, and if you want to experience the best we have to offer in a liberal arts education, we encourage you to consider applying to our program.

If selected, you will join a small group of students—usually, about eighteen—with whom you will experience the liberal arts in a unique way. While most students—at Carroll and elsewhere—enroll in general courses like philosophy or literature, you will participate in seminars that weave the disciplines together in a way that illuminates the compelling ideas that shape our world.  While most students will be in courses where the professor sets much of the agenda for the course, you will work with your peers to shape discussions and engage in active inquiry.  While most students will be in classes with students and professors that they may not see again, you will be with the same group during your 3 years in the Honors Scholars Program, learning from each other and building connections that, in our experience, last long after your time at Carroll comes to an end.

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And it’s worth noting that each seminar takes the place of a Core requirement at Carroll, so each seminar brings you one step closer to your Carroll degree.

Our seminars are guided by three themes that make up the mission of our program:  knowledge, charity, and the humanities.  Our Honors Scholars explore the interrelations among these three concepts through a careful examination of the great books—books like Homer’s Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, Galileo’s Starry Messenger, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  By reading and discussing the most illuminating, provocative, and imaginative Western texts of the last three millennia, our students explore the claims and limits of knowledge, what duties humans have to their communities, and what most truly constitutes a human education. This broad and rigorous education pays dividends: our students are among the most successful at Carroll, and regularly gain entrance to professional and graduate programs when they enter the broader world. For all of these reasons, I encourage you to apply.


Dr. Katherine A. Greiner, Carroll College class of '05 (she/her/hers) 
Director, Honors Scholars Program 
Associate Professor, Theology 

Why Be an Honors Scholar at Carroll College?

The Honor Scholars Program is truly ‘Non scholae, sed vitae.' The program provided an overarching understanding of the development of Western thought, certainly, but it also taught many fundamental life skills: how to think critically and creatively; how to communicate clearly; and how to relate to the world with open mind and open heart. My closest friends from college were - and still are - my fellow Honor Scholars.

Melissa Amos Honors Scholars Class of 2002

The Honors Scholars Program has greatly contributed to diversifying my education away from just my focus, the sciences. I now see, from this program, that one must become well-versed in traditional literature in order to be taught some of life's greatest lessons. 
Olivia Rolando Honors Scholars Class of 2012

HSP was one of my most valuable experiences in college. Though the topics typically didn't directly relate to my career/field of study (elementary education), I've found that in the last 6 years since graduating, in my daily life I've referred to topics discussed in HSP more than in any other class/program. It also helped me to think deeply and critically, which has helped me in daily life as well as in graduate school. 
Honors Scholars Alumnus Class of 2005

I just returned from Spain where I spent five weeks walking the Camino de Santiago.  I wanted to let you how much of an impact the Honors Scholars Program made on me during this trip.  What I learned in the seminars came alive for me as I traveled the ancient pilgrim path.  The Honors Scholars Program is truly a gift.
Katie Garrison Honors Scholars Class of 2011

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