The mission of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program is to nurture and support outstanding students who wish to challenge themselves through interdisciplinary studies. By "interdisciplinary," we mean the kind of studies that involve two or more academic areas of knowledge. Thinking in an interdisciplinary way often requires drawing on methods and analytical frameworks from more than one area of knowledge (the social sciences, the physical sciences, and the humanities) or specific field (e.g. philosophy or history or physics) to examine a topic or solve a problem. The "Special Honors Curriculum" allows students to either create their own interdisciplinary major or pursue their studies within a traditional departmental major/minor. The Program facilitates scholarly focus and provides a sense of belonging to a unique community.
The THHP offers students the opportunity to design individualized curricula with caring, attentive faculty advisors, and helps them find professors interested in working with them. The Program assists them in defining and achieving their academic goals in a timely and efficient manner.
Students in the THHP know that they have almost immediate access to an advisor when they need help with academic and bureaucratic problems, or when they wish to discuss more general questions and long-range goals. To make certain that all members of the Program are following a coherent curriculum, each student is required to see an advisor at least once a semester to discuss his or her general progress, and in addition, all students must have their academic programs approved every semester.
THHP students are often valedictorians and salutatorians at graduation, and usually constitute about half of the students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. They successfully apply for undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships and are usually accepted for admission to the graduate and professional schools to which they apply. Besides the many students who go on to become professors, doctors, lawyers, scientific researchers, and public servants. THHP graduates also go on to careers as novelists, film-makers, playwrights, dancers, actors, musicians, and journalists.
Students selected for the Thomas Hunter Honors Program must show evidence of high academic acheivement and potential, diversified interests and intellectual passions, and sufficient maturity to plan and complete an individualized program of study in consultation with faculty advisors serving on the Council on Honors.