What is Kilachand Honors College?
The mission of the Kilachand Honors College is to offer a challenging liberal arts education grounded in exploration, discovery, and the real-world application of knowledge. Kilachand provides an integrated, four-year curriculum that includes experiential and team learning opportunities. Kilachand coursework is augmented by an extensive series of co-curricular opportunities, including visits to cultural institutions, arts events, and discussions with leading scientists, artists, and professionals. In their last year, Kilachand students complete a Keystone Project that involves research, scholarship, and creativity, and they share the outcomes of their work in a celebratory Symposium. All of these endeavors occur within a supportive living-learning community that offers students educational experiences similar to those of a small liberal arts college with the resources and intellectual depth of a major urban research university.
Being a part of the Kilachand Honors College community really enriched my experience at BU. I had friends who were engineers, philosophy majors, and communications majors. While studying biology myself, it was stimulating to consider my major through the lens of other disciplines, and the Kilachand Honors College community provides an ideal environment for this.
Patrick Reidy (CAS’14), Biology
Kilachand students pursue majors and minors offered by the schools and colleges across Boston University. English, chemistry, and neuroscience majors from the College of Arts and Sciences find themselves working in teams with biomedical engineers from the College of Engineering, business majors from the Questrom School of Business, and painters from the College of Fine Arts. All our first year students live together in Kilachand Hall, where the College advisors, staff, director, and associate directors also have offices. Co-curricular events that enhance the educational goals and the community of the college are also held in Kilachand Hall, offering students opportunities for frequent, informal interactions with faculty and staff.
The students who thrive at Kilachand are intellectually curious and courageous, and they want to put their knowledge to use to benefit their communities. We seek students who wish to study an array of subjects across the liberal arts and sciences, as well as focus deeply on their major interests. The Kilachand curriculum asks students to use the tools and methods of every academic discipline to understand global challenges and develop practical solutions. Through rigorous courses and co-curricular activities, students hone their capacity for critical reasoning and effective communication, skills that are crucial to every academic, intellectual, and socially responsible enterprise as well as to that all-important pursuit of shaping an engaged and fulfilling life beyond the university.