The Scholars Program

Selecting Courses


The Scholars Program is a unique course of study. The requirements for graduation for Scholars students differ from those of other undergraduates.

When a student applies for graduation, his undergraduate record is audited to see whether he has met the requirements for graduation. Within these audits, Scholars Seminars are counted as equivalent to other courses in the non-Scholars undergraduate curriculum. It is beneficial for students and their advisors to understand these equivalences for two main reasons:

    • student with booksto avoid registration in these courses by Scholars students;
    • to help Benedictine students who have dropped out of or been dismissed from the Scholars Program to determine what courses they must complete in order to graduate.

This page offers detailed guidance to Scholars students and their faculty advisors regarding course selection, particularly in the following disciplines:

    • Anthropology (ANTH)
    • Fine Arts (FNAR)
    • Political Science (PLSC)
    • Philosophy (PHIL)
    • Mathematics (MATH)
    • Humanities (HUMN)
    • Writing (WRIT)

This page also explains certain accommodations that the Scholars Program makes for Education majors and minors.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Scholars Program Assistant.

Core elective requirements in Fine Arts, Political Science, and Anthopology

The Scholars curriculum includes a Fine Arts course (HNRS 297: Creativity, Art, & Culture) and a Political Science course (HNRS 393: Global Interdependence). As a result, Scholars who pass these courses do not need to take any additional FNAR or PLSC/ANTH courses in order to satisfy core elective requirements in these areas. Although a student may wish to take additional FNAR, PLSC, or ANTH courses, and the Program encourages students to do so, it is not necessary to do so in order to graduate.

The core elective requirement in Philosophy

Scholars students are required to take an Philosophy course in ethics; however, not all ethics classes offered by the University are designated as "C-courses" (i.e., courses that satisfy the University's core requirement in this area). For this reason, any Scholar who registers for a non-core ethics class must earn a passing grade in another Philosophy course that is a C-course in order to complete this graduation requirement.

Mathematics coursework

Scholars are required to show proficiency in Mathematics at a higher level than other undergraduates. In order to graduate as a Scholar, a student must pass or place into a MATH course at level equivalent to or higher than one of the following: MATH 111, MATH 115, MATH 170 or MATH 210.

Note: the requirements for a major in some programs meet or exceed this standard.

The Education major/minor

Scholars who are Education majors or minors may elect to take PLSC C102 (American Government) in place of HNRS 393 (Global Interdependence). As long as they pass PLSC C102, they are not required to take HNRS 393. Any Education major or minor who would nevertheless like to take HNRS 393 is encouraged to do so.

An intensive immersion in the liberal arts tradition designed for academically gifted students, with a special emphasis on the exploration of diverse issues in literature, philosophy, world history, and more.