Curriculum and Engagement

Through our curriculum and programming, we want to train our students to be effective, ethical researchers and scholars who can collaborate on teams, communicate with the public, and contribute to the work and scholarship of their chosen disciplines and professions. We encourage our students to challenge themselves and one another, and our commitment is to support them through these efforts.


Honors Curriculum 

Our innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum (18 credits total) are taught by outstanding research faculty from throughout the university and features:

  • A themed-liberal arts and undergraduate research methodology colloquium.  

  • Unique Project-Based Learning Honors Seminar where students pool their talents and expertise to work on projects on campus, in our neighborhoods, and in the North Jersey region

  • Honors Seminars in humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences where students take deep dives into the urgent questions facing different academic disciplines

  • Honors College Senior Thesis, a faculty-mentored year-long undergraduate research project where our students bring their skills and accumulated coursework to bear to generate original knowledge that they present in public venues.

Various academic departments in the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark offer courses exclusively for honors students to fulfill a core curriculum course requirement at Rutgers-Newark. These small class sizes offer honors students the opportunity to complete a required course, engage in deeper conversation with their fellow peers, and receive individualized attention from their professor. Students are required to complete twelve (12) credits of honors-designated coursework in these areas in addition to their eighteen (18) credits of honors coursework. 


Honors Engagement

Our co-curricular activities are designed to help Honors College students engage with each other and with the University community. We encourage and sponsor events that advance the University’s mission to be an anchor institution in the City of Newark and enliven the intellectual life and culture of the University. A significant part of any community is participation and engagement. The Honors College requires attendance at co-curricular activities every semester.

Every year, honors students will attend ten (10) honors/educational events and complete twenty (20) hours of community service. Specifically, students are expected to attend three (3) honors-sponsored events and two (2) other educational events on campus each semester. Ten (10) hours of community service volunteering on campus, in the City of Newark, or within a student's community is required as well.


Honors Academic Journey

Every student will create their own personal Honors E-Portfolio every year as part of their honors experience. This electronic portfolio will document a student's academic and professional goals, learning philosophy, collect samples of coursework in their major, minor and honors, highlight their career profile, and provide yearly reflections on their college experience at Rutgers-Newark.

Honors students will start their journey as a cohort through the honors curriculum over the next three years:

  • First Year: Honors Colloquium (6 credits total) and Honors-Designated courses (3-6 credits)

  • Second Year: Honors Seminar (6 credits total) and Honors-Designated course (3-6 credits)

  • Third Year: Honors Senior Thesis (6 credits total) and Honors-Designated course (if needed)


"A lot of my friends are from Honors College and I’m happy for it because…. I wouldn’t have made as many friends if not for them always being in my class with me"
Roxanne Casio
Mathematics Major, Graduating Honors Class of 2018