What is Kilachand Honors College?

What sets us apart

The mission of the Kilachand Honors College is to create and realize a contemporary vision of the liberal arts. We seek new ways to fulfill traditional ideals, including the love of learning, intellectual curiosity, self-development, empathy for other peoples and cultures, clarity of thought and expression. Kilachand rests on three pillars: an integrated, four-year curriculum; an extensive series of co-curricular events that include site-visits to leading cultural institutions as well as talks and readings by leading figures in the arts, sciences, and professions; and, finally, a living and learning community that offers students both the personal atmosphere of a small liberal arts college and easy access to the intellectual range and resources of a major urban research university.

Being a part of the Kilachand Honors College community has really enriched my experience at BU so far. I have friends who are engineers, philosophy majors, and communications majors. While studying biology myself, it is 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

The Kilachand curriculum has several keynotes: First, it attempts to integrate the arts, sciences, and professions and attempts to lower the barriers between pure and applied knowledge while avoiding an instrumental, utilitarian approach. Second, the curriculum explores the commonalities and differences of various disciplines’ ways of knowing by looking at specific problems in a wide range of fields. Third, the curriculum tries to connect teaching with research and creative activity by introducing students to their professors’ work and gradually preparing them to do research and partake in creative activity on their own. Finally, the curriculum pays close attention to ethical, aesthetic, and social issues in order to foster self-development and citizenship.

Experience the best of both worlds

As a student in Kilachand Honors College, you’ll have the best of two worlds: intimate class size, close interaction with faculty, individual attention, and the communal atmosphere of a small liberal arts college together with easy access to the intellectual range and resources of a major urban research university.

During your time at Boston University, you will be part of both Kilachand Honors College and one of BU’s eight degree-granting undergraduate schools and colleges, such as the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Management, College of Fine Arts, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, and College of Engineering. This combination will give you access to a wide range of stimulating and accomplished faculty who will guide your education through the next four years. You will learn more than you can imagine from each other, which is one of the distinct advantages of being part of our diverse community of high-achieving, creative people.