Honors Bachelor of Arts

Established in 1948, Honors A.B. is the University's first and oldest honors program. True to Xavier's Jesuit heritage, the program emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of philosophy and the classics. Students study the classic texts of Western civilization while fostering deeper understanding of the values and ideals they embrace.

Students accepted to this program fulfill the University's core curriculum requirements and complete additional hours in the classical languages and philosophy. Courses are offered in special honors sections and include additional seminars and tutorials. Most HABs double major (e.g. English, Psychology, History) or complete a Natural Science minor in preparation for the MCATs as pre-meds. 

Students who complete the program are awarded an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree. Some students pursue another field of study in addition to the honors curriculum, completing a minor or a second major, or premedical or pre-law requirements. Graduates go into a wide variety of careers including academia, medicine, law and business. HAB students,

  • Take  21 hours of Latin (7 courses), 21 hours of Greek (7 courses) and 18 hours (6 courses) of philosophy.
  • As often as possible take honors sections of university core courses.
  • Have studied high school Latin, though it?s not a prerequisite.
  • Complete a capstone thesis in their senior year.
  • Generally double major (e.g. English, Psychology, Economics) or minor in Natural Sciences for pre-med.

Rettig Lecture 2014

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Contact the Director

Shannon Byrne, Ph.D.
Director, Honors Bachelor of Arts Program
Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207- 5181
Phone 513-745-3456 | E-mail