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Scholars Program


The Brother James McDonnell, C.S.C. Scholars Program is a unique interdisciplinary academic program in the Humanities named in honor of a great teacher of passion who left a lasting positive impression on those he taught.

This program offers students who qualify an experience that augments the traditional AP/Honors curriculum—seminar courses with intensive readings and discussions in a variety of areas that include public policy, philosophy, theology, ethics, history, and constitutional rights. The students will be challenged to read and analyze scholarly articles from a variety of thinkers. Students will be asked to write a series of short papers and complete a research paper each semester.

The scholar’s classroom will have no walls. The scholars will meet with a number of individuals across a variety of disciplines who will give them a unique and often practical look at some of the issues being discussed. Each scholar’s career will culminate with the Senior Thesis Workshop where he will be required to work with an expert/mentor on an area of interest and complete a thesis in April of the senior year. At the end of the year, a symposium will be held where the seniors will present their work publicly over a series of nights.