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  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 School of Arts and Sciences-Newark Newark College of Arts and Sciences About the College Liberal Arts Tradition  

Liberal Arts Tradition

Arts and sciences are the core of any great university. From its inception, Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) has prided itself on combining the best of the liberal arts tradition with excellence in professional and preprofessional training. NCAS serves all the undergraduate colleges at Rutgers University-Newark by offering 2,000 courses a year in nearly 40 fields ranging from studio art to neuroscience, along with hundreds of independent study projects and internships. NCAS's nationally and internationally renowned faculty share a love of teaching, while generating groundbreaking research that explores everything from the smallest cells of the human body to international policies that affect the global community. NCAS undergraduates work side by side with faculty to push the boundaries of their fields through a myriad of undergraduate research opportunities.

Students can also be selected to participate in the Honors College at Rutgers University-Newark. Honors College students take advantage of a variety of opportunities offered by one of the country's largest and most well-respected research institutions, while benefiting from individual attention, personal access to faculty and staff, smaller class sizes, and a socially vibrant campus atmosphere typically found only at smaller liberal arts colleges. They also gain practical skills and experience through a host of research and internship opportunities, while building the contacts they need to achieve professional success beyond the classroom.

Established in 2015, the Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) is an innovative Rutgers University-Newark initiative that is focused on cultivating knowledge, fostering understanding across and within groups, and activating social, institutional, and cultural change. The HLLC endeavors to increase access to higher education for academically promising, talented, and civic-minded individuals who may be overlooked when relying solely on standard academic indicators for college success. Utilizing a holistic admissions rubric, the HLLC identifies exceptional first-year students and community college transfers from Newark and Greater Newark, while also extending its reach to other national and international regions. Led by a select group of faculty and professional staff, HLLC students enjoy a small, focused, and highly supportive college environment, a challenging curriculum, leadership roles on and off campus, and mentoring and networking opportunities.
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