Honors Programs

Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts

Established in 1948, the Classics and Philosophy 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 classics and philosophy. Students study the classic texts of Western civilization in the original Latin and Greek 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 CPHABs 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. CPHAB students,

  • Take 18 hours of Latin (6 courses), 18 hours of Greek (6 courses), 18 hours (6 courses) of philosophy, and 6 hours (2 courses) of classics electives.
  • As often as possible take honors sections of university core courses.
  • Have studied high school Latin, though it is not a prerequisite and we accommodate well students with no prior experience in Latin or Greek.
  • Generally double major (e.g. English, Psychology, Economics) or minor in Natural Sciences if they are pre-med.
  • Complete a capstone thesis in their senior year, which connects to a second major or post-graduate and professional plans.
  • May be eligible to receive a tuition waiver scholarship in the amount of $5000, which is in addition to other Xavier scholarships.


  • Derivative Associates
  • Biochemists
  • Attorneys
  • Physicians
  • Neurologists and Neurosurgeons
  • Legislative Program Managers
  • Financial Planners
  • Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Ophthalmologists
  • College Professors (e.g. English, Classics, History, Theology, Philosophy)
  • Public and Private High School Teachers
  • Librarians
  • Jesuit Volunteers
  • Pharmacists
  • Technical Writers
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Economists

Prepare for any career with a degree centered in Latin, Greek, and philosophy. Join HAB, the oldest interdisciplinary Honors Program at Xavier, based on the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum and designed to create successful, lifelong learners.

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Contact the Director

Thomas E. Strunk, Ph.D.
Director, Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts Program
Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207- 5181
Phone 513-745-1930 | email