Timothy Martin, Ph.D.
The Honors College provides a four-year course of study with
provocative new courses designed for honors students. During the first
two years, students experience three honors seminars in a variety of
topics from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Students
work with professors who are among the leading experts in their fields.
Since honors seminar topics are selected from proposals submitted by
Rutgers faculty, the classroom instruction includes information that
will appear in tomorrow's textbooks. Students also may submit proposals
for honors seminars. Each year, Rutgers University-Camden honors faculty teach
approximately 15 seminars.
The honors seminars involve weekly
reading assignments and extensive classroom discussion. Because
attendance in each seminar is limited to between 10 and 15 students,
students receive more extensive and personal attention than is possible
in most college courses. Classes often meet in an informal setting
where roundtable discussions are held in a comfortable classroom.
Written work often takes the form of essays and papers rather than
examinations. Honors faculty frequently provide their students with
special bibliographies and offer them opportunities for independent
study. Recent seminar offerings have included: The 1950s, Religion in
the New Millennium, Classic Legal Cases, Science Fiction/Science Fact,
Remembering Vietnam, and The New Edge City. The most prestigious
faculty members on campus participate in the program. Many of these
professors have won Rutgers' top teaching awards and have published
widely in their disciplines.
After the first two years, honors students complete the program through Experience Projects and through approved activities and service. See the Honors College website for details.