Honos Civicus – Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering

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Honos Civicus is a society to honor and publicly recognize those who have been exemplary active citizens through their academic courses and co-curricular activities.  This honor is awarded to graduating seniors from Arts, Sciences and Engineering, as well as those graduating from Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Public Health and Professional Degree Program (School of Medicine). Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon a Tufts active citizenship education and the many paths students travel to develop their civic selves.

The application for the Class of 2016 is now open! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a hard deadline of March 28, 2016.

Honos Civicus for Arts, Sciences and Engineering

To become a member of the Honos Civicus Society, graduating seniors must complete an online application.  The application includes three components – academic, co-curricular, and an essay responses. Applications must be submitted through the online system, but you may want to download the application form in order to prepare your responses.

Along with your application, you must submit an unofficial transcript to TischCollegeSubmissions@tufts.edu.


To become a member of Honos Civicus, you must:

  • Be a graduating senior.
  • Have taken two courses related to civic engagement with a minimum course grade of 3.0. Only one of the courses may be Pass/Fail. Do not submit courses for which you do not currently have a grade on your transcript.
  • Have been involved in at least two co-curricular activities during your undergraduate career at Tufts, only one of which may be a one-day activity. If you have participated in one intensive, long-ranging program over your years at Tufts University, this one activity will be accepted to fulfill the requirement.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a hard deadline of March 28, 2016. 


All students awarded Honos Civicus will be recognized through:

  • A ceremony in April 2016 (date TBD) attended by honorees, Tisch College Board members, staff and faculty.
  • A certificate of honor.
  • An Honos Civicus pin to be worn on the commencement gown.
  • A notation on the commencement program.

Class of 2016 Application: Academic, Co-Curricular and Essay

Part I: Academic 

Your academic civic engagement record should convey high quality course work that helped develop your abilities as an active citizen. You can describe any two Tufts University courses, as long as they:

  • Have clear civic engagement content, which may focus on theory, public policy, a particular social issue or involve direct community engagement,


  • Inspired you in some way to get involved with the world or to understand your civic role more clearly.

Part II: Co-Curricular
Your co-curricular civic engagement submission is an opportunity to capture those activities that helped develop your civic knowledge, skills and values during your Tufts undergraduate career. Appropriate on-campus and off-campus activities, as well as paid work and summer internships, may be included. You should list two activities, only one of which may be a one-day activity.  If you have participated in one intensive, long-ranging program over your years at Tufts University, please write extensively on this and do not include a second co-curricular activity.

Part III: Essay Response
The essay is an opportunity to reflect on your civic growth and how your academic and co-curricular activities have transformed you into an effective active citizen, in no more than 500 words per essay. Applicants should respond to BOTH essay prompts.

  • Compare and contrast two community experiences you have had while at Tufts – one early in your career here and one more recently.Illustrate how your approach and/or reaction to community circumstances have changed over time.  Describe how your academic and co-curricular preparation contributed to this change in approach or reaction.


  • Describe how a particular course, set of courses or research project prepared you for work in the community, and how your community work influenced your understanding of the material in those courses or research. Explain how your understanding of academic materials and community experiences were deepened from connecting the two.

Successful applicants will illustrate how courses or activities relate to their personal and/or professional development. Do not simply describe the course or activity.


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For More Information

Please check our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Maggie McMorrow, Program Associate, at Maggie.McMorrow@tufts.edu.