Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Honors Program

The Emerson College Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that integrates a challenging liberal arts curriculum and specialized study in the student's chosen field. Students accepted to the program receive individual advising and take interdisciplinary seminars that fulfill the College's general education requirements.

The Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that combines the liberal arts with specialized studies.

Community of Learners

The program fosters strong bonds between students and faculty. Students enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio in dedicated Honors seminars and are invited to special lectures and dinners. They also have the opportunity to interact with upper-class colleagues through collaborative research projects and mentoring.

In the senior year, students develop an Honors thesis, working individually with faculty advisors. They are eligible to apply for exclusive funds to support their thesis. Each Honors student receives the prestigious Trustee Scholarship equal to half tuition for up to four years.

Thesis Examples

Some examples of theses from the 2016 graduating class:

Visit the Honors Program Eligibility & Admission page or contact the Office of Admission at 617-824-8600 or to learn more about applying.

Useful Links

Honors Program Newsletter

Honors Program Newsletter

Each fall, the Emerson Honors Program publishes a newsletter spotlighting students' recent achievements.

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Honors Thesis Project Lights Display

"Lumens" light display

Light It Up: Honors Thesis Project

An Emerson student is causing smiles as students and visitors stare in amazement at his LED light display—all part of his honors thesis project—in the main foyer of the Little Building.

Honors students at Emerson bring the full range of their interdisciplinary liberal arts education to bear on the questions facing the world today. These students form a unique community of learners who unite their critical and their creative intellectual capacities in pursuit of their educational and career goals.

Wendy W. Walters

Director of the Honors Program