Our Mission and Approach to Honors

Our Mission

Inclusive excellence in higher education is the mission of the Honors College at Rutgers University-Newark.  Our expansive interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum cultivates curiosity, and fosters an environment for creativity and discovery, while nurturing a sense of engaged citizenry and community. 

Our Approach

Grounded in an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum, honors courses challenge our students to embrace advanced engagement and research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.  Our program culminates with a year-long thesis project where honors students produce an original piece of scholarly work. 

Inside and outside the classroom, we encourage our students to actively participate in the intellectual dialogues happening across our campus and within the many communities of which they are a part.  To further foster a sense of citizenry, our students complete service work within these varied and diverse communities throughout their time in the Honors College. 

We are committed to ensuring our students have the support to succeed in their undergraduate careers and in preparation for their next steps.  This includes advising from our Honors College team and guidance from faculty mentors. 

We strive to build relationships with integrity and trust with our students, faculty, and other units at the University, working together to support Rutgers University–Newark, a great urban, public university. 

Curiosity. Creativity. Discovery. Excellence.