The McCollough program is a 20-hour minor with a service component and a residency program, where freshmen students will live in a dorm with other McCollough Scholars.  The required credit hours are broken down in the following way:

Convocation Courses

McCollough Scholars begin and finish with a 1 credit hour convocation course, in the fall semester of freshman year and in the spring semester of senior year. This is a series of bi-weekly readings and talks. McCollough Scholars will gather to listen to a speaker and discuss cutting-edge research.  (2 credit hours)


There is a two-part Foundations course beginning in spring semester of freshman year and continuing into the fall semester of sophomore year. (6 credit hours)

Foundations 1 – What is Medicine?

The practice of medicine is as old as civilization. This course studies fundamental questions relating to the shifting conceptions of health and disease, and how that affects our conception of physicians, remedies, mental sickness, and societal responses to sickness. The course focuses on three basic questions: (i) what is illness?  (ii) how medicine changes society? and (iii) how culture interprets medicine? We will answer these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective incorporating history, philosophy, religion, anthropology, and literature.

Foundations 2 – Is a better medicine possible?

This course continues the interdisciplinary study of the practice of medicine by focusing on three questions: (i) Can medical judgement be improved? (ii) What does race reveal about medicine? and (iii) How medicine conceives of aging and death?  The first question requires a study the psychological and sociological factors that affect medical judgement.  We will also learn basic reasoning skills and methods for evaluating complex inferences.  The second question will be studied by focusing on the complex interplay between culture, race, and medicine.  The final question focuses on the multifaceted personal, interpersonal, and organizational questions relating to aging and death.

Elective Seminars

McCollough Scholars will take 3 elective seminar courses in their 2nd and 3rd year from a selected list of courses taught by departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. (9 credit hours)

Capstone Seminar

McCollough Scholars will take a 3 credit hour capstone seminar. (3 credit hours)

Read the course descriptions here.

Selection Criteria

There is a separate application and interview process for the McCollough Program.  It will include letters of recommendation, an essay on a specific topic, GPA requirement, a competitive ACT score, strong evidence of resiliency, and an on-campus interview with the selection committee.  Learn more about the application process here.