Lee Ann Westman, Ph.D.
The Honors College provides a four-year program including
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 many honors seminar topics are selected from proposals submitted by
Rutgers faculty, classroom instruction includes information that
will appear in tomorrow's textbooks. Many of these professors have won Rutgers' top teaching awards and have published widely in their disciplines. 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 16 and 18 students,
students receive more 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: Dystopian Government, The Right to Vote, Rational and Irrational Minds, Monuments and Memorials, Art and Chemistry: Beautiful Together. The most prestigious
faculty members on campus participate in the program. Most honors seminars satisfy requirements in general education.After the first two years, honors students complete the program through Experience Projects and Honors Engagement (approved campus activities and community service usually amounting to about ten hours a semester). See the Honors College website for details.