The Honors Program at Puget Sound offers students a chance to fulfill their Core Requirements in courses that focus on classic texts of Eastern and Western civilization. Each year, 34 students are selected to participate in this four-year program. These students will take classes together and build a common base of knowledge from which to draw on in subsequent classes. During senior year, each student in the program will write an Honors Thesis in their major or field of study and then present their research to the community. At graduation, students who complete the program will be designated as Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholars.

The Honors Program fosters a sense of community among its students by sponsoring activities such as trips to the Seattle Opera, the annual Langlow Haunted House which benefits the Kids Can Do! mentorship program, frequent discussions, presentations by members of the campus community or visiting scholars, and the Honors Film Series. Fourteen students may also live in the Langlow House during their freshman year, which serves as a central meeting place for the program.

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Theses from 2016

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Healing Powers; An Examination of Medical Ethics, Benevolent Lies, and The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain, Rosa Dale-Moore

The effect of music on isokinetic peak torque during performance in female collegiate athletes, Olivia Fair

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César Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major: The Significance of a Neglected Composer’s Influence on the Violin Repertory, Clara Fuhrman

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Confronting the Past: Corruption in Post-Communist Hungary and Romania, Michellie Hess

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Joseph Joachim: Collaborator, Composer, Interpreter and Inspirer, Brandi Main

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China's ineffective water pollution policy: an issue of enforcement, Taili Ni

Theses from 2015

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Playing with Death: The Potential for Violent Video Games to Induce Mortality Salience, Beth Anderson

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Insights into the evolution of the Great Plains grassland ecosystem over the last 5 million years from paleotemperature and paleovegetation records, Anne Fetrow

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Dum conderet urbem: Poetic Portraits of Aeneas as Political Commentaries on Augustus, Alicia Matz

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Growing up on the spectrum: How High-functioning Young Adults with Autism Transition to Independence, Brittany Walker

Theses from 2014

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Revolution or Reform: Contradictions Within the Ideology and Actions of the Black Panther Party, 1969-1970, Jana Cary-Alvarez

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The [ftaires!] to Remembrance: Language, Memory, and Visual Rhetoric in Chaucer's House of Fame and Danielewski's House of Leaves, Shannon Danae Kilgore

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The Feasibility of Citywide Public DRT: Door-to-door Bus Service in Tacoma, Nathan Pastor

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Determining the Potential Activity of Wnt Signaling During Zebrafish Oocyte Maturation, Nathan Pincus

Theses from 2013

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Beyond Hippies and Rabbit Food: The Social Effects of Vegetarianism and Veganism, Anna Lindquist

Theses from 2012

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Some Comfort to the Order of Things: A Journey Through the Terrain of Silence, Grief, and Nature, Laura Derr

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ROK and Rac mediation of PRL-1 function in the wings of Drosophila melanogaster, Rosemary Dinkins

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ANGRY YOUTH: PATRIOTIC EDUCATION AND THE NEW CHINESE NATIONALISM, Rachel Gary

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Silencing Sacagawea: Eva Emery Dye & the Origin of an American Myth (1902-1905), Tedra Hamel

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"[Breaking] the back of words": Dimensions of Gothic Unspeakability in Poe, Faulkner, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Elizabeth Kirsch

Theses from 2001

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A Study of Japanese Animation, Michele Gibney