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Honors programs are organized by departments and programs. They allow students to engage in advanced, independent research, analysis and articulation with faculty guidance, usually in the senior year. Engaging in original research on a topic of a student’s own devising is one of the most exciting experiences of a college education. Working closely with a faculty advisor allows the teacher-student dynamic to become far more collegial. In the most satisfying experiences, students can make genuine contributions to knowledge, challenging the way scholars in the field think about the topic.