Established in 1948, Honors A.B. is the University's first and oldest honors program. True to Xavier's Jesuit heritage, the program emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of philosophy and the classics. Students study the classic texts of Western civilization while fostering deeper understanding of the values and ideals they embrace.

All students in the Honors A.B. complete a capstone thesis in their senior year, which connects to a second major or post-graduate and professional plans.

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Submissions from 2017

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The Eighth Sacrament? The Evidence of Hincmar of Rheims, Doyle M.B. Baxter

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Archilochus’s Effect on the Homeric Hero: Tracking the Development of the Greek Warrior, Luke Byerly

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Migration and Its Impacts on the Labor Market of Rome during the Late Republic and Early Empire, Kerry Campbell

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Mode of Operations: A Critique of the Agonistic View of Greek Musical Modes in Plato and Aristotle, Robert Crawford

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A Psychological and Philosophical Understanding of Death: An Analysis of Platonic and Epicurean Philosophy in Modern America, Alexina Hupp

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Classical Style and Catholic Theology: A Multi-Faceted Analysis of the Eucharistic Hymns of Saint Thomas Aquinas, David Nussman

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Divine Deliverance A New Look at Euripidean Tragedy through Audience Interpretation, Samantha Pukys

Submissions from 2016

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Innovation & Hoplite Ideology: The Relation of Martial Equipment to Ideology in Archaic and Classical Greece, William D. Henry

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Combat Trauma and Tragic Catharsis: An Aristotelian Account of Tragedy and Trauma, Edward J. Hoffmann

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Girls, Girls, Girls The Prostitute in Roman New Comedy and the Pro Caelio, Nicholas R. Jannazo

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America and Athens as Seen Through South Park and Aristophanes, James F. Neyer

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Challenging Kleos: An FPDA Analysis and Application of Andromache in the Iliad, Ayana Marie Rowe

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The Seed of Principate: Annona and Imperial Politics, Joseph B. Ruter III

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Preaching Christ Crucified: Origen’s Apologetic Strategy in Contra Celsum, Morgan S. Thompson

Submissions from 2015

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Aristotle & Locke: Ancients and Moderns on Economic Theory & the Best Regime, Andrew John Del Bene

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Blueprint for Legal Practice: Establishing Cicero’s Ideal Style, Henry L. Farrington

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The Natural Laws of Global Trade: Hobbes and Vattel on International Commerce, Juan Martir

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Catholic-Protestant Relations in 19th Century Cincinnati, Charles Rosebrough

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The Art of the Stage Machinist: A Dramatic Reconstruction of Aeschylus’ Linear Tragedy, Prometheus Bound, Alexander J. Spindler

Submissions from 2014

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Twice-Made Men: The Journey to the Afterlife and Back, John M. Farkas

Submissions from 2013

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Ovid's Insight into the Minds of Abandoned Women, Rachel A. Bier

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The Exploration of Nationalism in the Works of Livy and Jacques-Louis David, Kelly M. Bunting

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The Psychopathology of Everyday Athens: Euripides on the Freudian Couch, Brendan C. Chisholm

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Augustine and John Paul II on the Goods of Marriage: Proles, Fides, et Sacramentum, Thomas Richard Finke

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Lift, Eat, Compete: Athletics in Ancient Greece and Modern America, Jensen Grey Kolaczko