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Honors education offers a sequence of interdisciplinary courses designed to encourage bright, independent students to achieve at their highest capacity. The Emerson College Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that integrates a challenging liberal arts curriculum and specialized study in the student's chosen field. The program was founded in 1989 and has an incoming class size of 60 students. Students accepted to the program are awarded a Trustee Scholarship (half tuition) for up to four years. Honors Program students receive individual advising and take academically challenging interdisciplinary seminars that fulfill the College's general education requirements followed by advanced courses (colloquia and seminar) and culminating in an Honors thesis/project that relates critical and theoretical perspectives to their creative work.
Wendy W. Walters was appointed director of the Honors Program in 2016. She taught the First-Year Honors Seminar from 2002 to 2015, and is a Professor in the department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, teaching courses in African American and African Diaspora literatures. Dr. Walters is the author of two books, Archives of the Black Atlantic: Reading Between Literature and History (2013), and At Home in Diaspora: Black International Literature (2005). Some of her additional publications include scholarly articles on Elizabeth Alexander’s Amistad poetry, literature and poetry engaging with the history of the slaveship Zong, and Chester Himes’s detective fiction and prison novel. She received her BA in Literature and Society from Brown University (1984), an MA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania (1988), and her PhD in Literature from UC San Diego (1996).