Students take a one-semester course aimed at helping them design the research/creative project that they will undertake in their senior year. The course is structured around three basic activities: individual and group analysis of innovative research drawn from a variety of intellectual disciplines; individual writing aimed at fostering intellectual discovery, methodological rigor, and project design; and group activities aimed at honing project design and presentation skills. Focusing on specific case studies, students explore the structure of the discovery process, including how researchers embed imaginative questions in viable research projects and balance creative ambition with intellectual modesty. After breaking into smaller groups so that students can work on developing their research agendas and honing their presentation skills, students present their keystone project to their peers. As a junior, students will also have the opportunity to study abroad during one semester.
The Process of Discovery
This one-semester course explores the structure of the discovery process, focusing on how researchers embed imaginative questions in viable research projects and balance creative ambition with intellectual modesty. The course is designed to guide students through the challenge of designing their senior research projects through common readings of field-changing research across disciplines, individual and group project analysis, and intensive writing exercises. Together with Kilachand Honors College faculty and a faculty advisor of their own choosing, students will learn how to capture the explanatory power of an imaginative leap in clear language accessible to anyone outside their chosen discipline.
For many students, study abroad is an essential part of their undergraduate experience. Boston University offers a wide variety of programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. The Kilachand Honors College curriculum is designed to allow students who wish to study abroad to do so in either the fall or spring of the junior year. While Kilachand Honors College students are not permitted to study abroad for more than one semester during the academic year, summer study abroad programs and experiential learning are encouraged.