Proudian Interdisciplinary Honors Program

The Proudian Interdisciplinary Honors Program brings together exceptional students with outstanding faculty for a challenging, rewarding educational experience.

The Program is designed for up to eighteen students in each graduating class who wish to explore interdisciplinary learning. Proudian Scholars transcend disciplinary boundaries and explore new perspectives via three seminars as well as studying, presenting, and traveling together.

Program Highlights:

  • Exclusive use of HOL 200
  • Expanded borrowing privileges at the Armacost Library
  • LAI fulfillment
  • Sophomore Symposium
  • Three tuition-free May Terms (additional course fees not covered)
  • Cross cultural study encouraged: eligible for Proudian/ Salzburg project fund
  • Honors thesis/project via your major department or Proudian
  • Run yearly applicant workshop

2022-23 Proudian Honors courses:

  • Fall 2022: IDS 465: Senior Seminar: Making/Breaking Secret Codes (QRE)    
    • Tamara Veenstra, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Spring 2023: IDS 365: Sophomore Seminar I: The Plague (ESS, CPI, OC)              
    • M/W 10:50am-12:05pm
    • Pat Wing, Professor, History
    • This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the second global plague pandemic, also known as the Black Death, which began in the middle of the 14th century and spread across much of Afro-Eurasia. The last ten years have witnessed seemingly daily breakthroughs in our understanding of the plague, thanks largely to discoveries in the field of paleogenetics. We will acquaint ourselves with literature on the science of the plague’s spread, as well as the abundant primary historical record. We will read the accounts of those who lived through the plague, and those who died from it, as we consider the spiritual, economic, political, and social consequences of a catastrophic worldwide pandemic. 
  • May 2023: IDS 366: Sophomore Seminar II: Representing Possible Worlds: Rhetoric and the Power of Scholarship (APW)                      
    • Scott Stevens, Associate Professor, English Literature
    • In this May term seminar, we will turn our attention to the discourses of our scholarly work. By studying the “expressions of expertise” we participate in—what we read, what we write, how we talk—we will probe the possibilities, and limits, of scholarship as we have learned to practice it.


For more information, write or contact

Patrick Wing, Proudian Program Director     

Co-Program Assistants/Scholars

September Dancel '23 at

Ryuko Novak-Murano '23 at

Outreach Director/Scholar

Jennifer Hitchcock '23 at