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  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 Honors College Academic Requirements  

Academic Requirements

The Honors College curriculum meets the university's requirement for an academic minor. Therefore, students in the Honors College are not required to enroll in a minor unless they choose to do so. Students enrolled in the Honors College must complete the curriculum in its entirety to receive credit for the minor and to graduate with Honors Distinction. Faculty from various disciplines on our campus contribute to the design of an evolving curriculum that stimulates intellectual growth and curiosity, develops special talents and interests, and provides a challenging academic environment.

Through our curriculum, we want to prepare our students to be effective, ethical researchers and scholars who can collaborate on teams, communicate and engage in work for and with the public, and contribute to the scholarship of their chosen disciplines and professions. We encourage our students to challenge themselves and one another, with our support. All students are required to complete 19 credits of coursework toward Honors Distinction.

Honors Colloquium (21:525:100,101); 2 courses; 6 credits total; first year
Interdisciplinary course with rotating topics; offers students an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and to work closely with faculty on topics not usually covered in the undergraduate curriculum or covered at a greater level of detail than ordinarily is possible in a general course.

Seminar in Humanities (21:525:252), Social Science (21:525:254), or Natural Science (21:525:250); 2 seminars; 6 credits total; second, third year
Topic-based seminar; provides students opportunities for intellectual exploration, as well as an introduction to advanced techniques in critical analysis, research, projects, and/or fieldwork.

Junior Scholars Inquiry (21:300:395); 1 course; 1 credit; third year
Preparation for thesis.

Senior Honors Project Thesis (21:525:497,498); yearlong course; 6 credits total; fourth year
Culminate undergraduate experience with an individual project, or an individual thesis supervised by a faculty member; may be focused on a student's major area of study or may reflect a special interest or talent of the student outside of his or her major. Credit is given only upon completion of the project.

All Honors College students are required to complete a thesis project, in addition to their program requirements, for Honors Distinction. The thesis project is a culmination of a student's honors experience and undergraduate education at Rutgers University-Newark. The thesis offers students the opportunity to contribute to and advance their knowledge in their respective discipline, with greater insight and intensity. Moreover, a thesis demonstrates a student's experience with design, execution, analysis, and presentation in their field of study. Many Honors College students have published their theses or projects, participated in long-term research projects that carry into graduate or professional school, provided their project or thesis as a writing/research sample for graduate or professional school applications, have an in-depth project or thesis to discuss with a potential employer, and developed support systems postgraduate with their faculty mentors.
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