Freshmen entering the College of Arts and Science with outstanding academic records and freshmen who achieve academic distinction during their first semester at Vanderbilt are invited to participate in the College Scholars Program. These students have the opportunity to participate in seminars designed especially for them and to receive the designation “Honors in the College of Arts and Science” on their diplomas upon graduation.
On the advice of the Admissions and Honors Committees, the Dean of the College invites thirty students of exceptional promise who emerge from the honor scholarship selection process to become College Scholars beginning in the fall semester. During that fall semester, all Arts and Science freshmen are invited to apply for one of an additional thirty slots in the program. The Spring class of College Scholars are selected and notified over the semester break. They are admitted to the program primarily on the basis of their academic achievement in the fall semester. Students can only be admitted during the freshman year.
College Scholars are offered:
- Honors Seminars–usually six or seven seminars each semester from across the Arts and Science curriculum. Seminar size is usually limited to sixteen College Scholars. All honors seminars fulfill requirements in the Achieving eXcellence in Liberal Arts general education program (AXLE) and satisfy a writing requirement (W).
- Honors Points–earning 15 honors points by taking Honors Seminars, other approved courses and enriching courses on the regular A&S schedule of courses will earn the designation “Honors in the College of Arts and Science” on the diploma.
- “Meet Your Professors” Receptions given each semester for Scholars to meet
the instructors of the following semester’s honors seminars.
- Social gatherings provide occasions for informal interaction to encourage
learning from each other as they learn about each other.
Each semester a curriculum of Honors Seminars is offered which is open only to College Scholars and taught by faculty selected for their particular mastery of a field and for their commitment to undergraduate teaching. Seminars can fulfill AXLE requirements in the designated areas as well as requirements for writing intensive courses. Seminars are usually limited to 16 students. Honors Seminars focus on particular topics but are designed to cover their general subject areas in the AXLE general education program. They concern issues and texts in the humanities and the creative arts, international cultures, history and culture of the United States, mathematics and the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, integrated studies and perspectives on divergent ethics and moral values on contemporary social issues and global conflicts.