Programs of Study
The Honors Tutorial College offers 36 challenging programs of study that include a one-on-one or small-group tutorial each semester. Using a student-centered approach, the programs emphasize independent research and creative activity. Future students may apply for up to two programs of study.
Current Programs of Study
Advanced Computing (formerly Computer Science) focuses on the development and analysis of computer software, computer algorithms, and computing technologies.
Anthropology studies the human species as a whole and requires an interdisciplinary emphasis.
Art History examines material objects and visual culture from a historical perspective.
Astrophysics combines classical and modern physics with theoretical and observational astronomy.
Biological Sciences studies life and its component parts, from molecules to cells to ecosystems.
Business Administration combines a rigorous foundation in key business skills with an emphasis on innovation to prepare students for the complex, global economy.
Chemistry examines matter, energy, and their interaction. Biochemistry focuses on the chemistry of living organisms.
Classics provides the linguistic and archaeological training for expert study of Greek and Roman antiquity.
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Communication Sciences and Disorders offers individualized training in the hearing, speech and language sciences for a clinical or research career.
Communication Studies draws from the liberal arts tradition and a variety of pre-professional contexts to explore human communication in messages, relationships, and culture.
Dance emphasizes modern dance and choreography supplemented by ballet, jazz, and African techniques, as well as production, history, kinesiology, music, and teaching.
Economics studies decision-making and trade-offs responding to incentives and scarcity with applications in every sector of society including household consumption, firm production and structure, healthcare provision, energy use, environmental protection, finance, altruism, creativity and innovation, worker productivity, economic development, and the macroeconomy.
Engineering Physics combines a deep understanding of fundamentals with an orientation toward applications.
English encompasses literary periods and genres, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and methodology.
Environmental & Plant Biology
Environmental and Plant Biology covers environmental, plant, and cell/molecular biology, as well as field ecology.
Environmental Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the biophysical environment and the complex interactions among humans, other organisms, and the environment.
Film combines a broad background in the liberal arts with professional study in film, including production and criticism.
Geography studies the interrelationships between humans and their environment, including the physical environment, the built environment, and socially constructed spaces.
Geological Sciences deals with the earth's physical structure and substance.
History explores the choices, limitations, achievements and failures of past peoples.
Journalism focuses on the creation and theoretical understanding of news, information, and strategic communication.
Mathematics involves abstract quantitative thinking.
Media Arts & Studies
Media Arts and Studies focuses on musical, video and videogame development and production, as well as on media and social change.
Music focuses on education, performance, composition, theory and history.
Neuroscience brings together ideas and methods from a variety of disciplines such as biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, philosophy, physics and psychology.
Philosophy examines the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.
Physics begins with classical and modern fundamentals that leads to deeper study in quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, nuclear and elementary particle physics, or condensed matter physics.
Political Science covers political systems and actors in a variety of interdisciplinary contexts.
Social Work explores evidence-based clinical practices and social welfare issues and policies within an interdisciplinary framework.
Sociology combines theory and research to evaluate trends and social issues occurring in society.
Studio Art balances a commitment to breadth and rigor with an opportunity to explore fundamental and cutting-edge issues creatively.
Theater provides a solid liberal arts education combined with a strong professionally oriented training in theater.
Translational Health offers tracks in exercise physiology and nutrition.
Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Women & Gender Studies explores gender and its intersection with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other elements of diversity.