History of the Honors Program

Brandon Hunter in Paris, France
Brandon Hunter in Paris, France

Mother Marion Bascom, RSCJ founded the Bascom Honors program in 1939 to offer an opportunity for students to challenge themselves academically and personally. She drew from her own experiences as a student at Oxford University in the 1930s. At Oxford, she found a philosophy that encourages and supports close mentorships between instructors and students. Mother Bascom wanted to bring that same philosophy to Maryville through the Bascom Honors Program. For more information about Mother Bascom, please read the article in Maryville Magazine about her excellent and important work.

Linda Pitelka, professor of history, directs the Honors Program.


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