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 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 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

Submissions from 2012

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Shame and Sense, Samuel P. Carter

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Roman Mater The Etruscan Influence On the Role of Roman Women, Elizabeth Davis