Any academic major and/or minor that is available to undergraduates at the Rutgers-Newark campus also is available to members of the Honors College. As part of the Core Curriculum Requirements all Rutgers-Newark students are required to complete a minor in the Arts & Sciences. The Honors College curriculum meets the University’s requirements as an academic minor, therefore, students in the Honors College are not required to enroll in a minor unless they so choose to do so.  However, 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 helped to design a curriculum that would stimulate intellectual growth and curiosity, develop special talents or interests, and provide a challenging academic environment that will “put to work” the best of your abilities.


First Year

Honors Colloquium (Freshman Year)  6 credits

This special seminar for Honors College freshman is theme-based, and its theme changes each year. Honors College students in this colloquium have the opportunity to get to know each other and to "ease into" college-level classroom experience.

Honors English Composition (Freshman Year)     6 credits

A two-semester long writing course that instructs students in writing analytic, text-based essays and that culminates in research-based papers. Honors English Composition insists on computer and information literacy. The course also provides opportunities for collaborative projects as well as oral presentation. This course may be used to satisfy the English Composition degree requirement for students in the College of Arts and Sciences and other undergraduate programs.

Upper Division

Honors Seminars in Humanities, Sciences, or Social Sciences           6 credits

This requirement is designed to be satisfied after the freshman year and provides Honors College students with opportunities for intellectual exploration, as well as an introduction to advanced techniques in critical analysis, research, or fieldwork.

Honors-designated sections of History and Literature courses        9 credits

This requirement is designed to be satisfied during a student's sophomore year, but may be taken anytime thereafter. These two sets of "linked" courses enable students to gain a comprehensive overview of the historical reality and symbolic representation of particular nations, cultures, or facets of life in the modern world. Members of the History Department work together with members of the English or Modern Languages Departments to define common themes, complementary texts, and contrasting perspectives on topics such as "The History and Literature of Race in America," "The History and Literature of Portugal," "The History and Literature of Class in America," "The History and Literature of Spain," and "The History and Literature of American Immigrations." The courses may be used to fulfill the History and Literature degree requirement for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Final Year

The Capstone Experience    6 credits

This requirement is designed to be satisfied during a student's senior year but may be taken as early as the junior year. Honors College seniors culminate their undergraduate experience with a yearlong effort.  Honors College students must complete an individual thesis, not part of an organized course, supervised by a faculty member. The project may be focused on a student's major area of study or may reflect a special interest or talent of the student outside his or her major. These projects often are either of publishable or of exhibition quality, and thus give Honors College graduates credentials that ordinarily are characteristic only of advanced graduate students.

Additional Oppornities:

  • Honors College Internships
  • Research Assistantships
  • Graduate Coursework (school 26 enrollment)

Please contact the Honors College for further information.

Please Note: The Honors College may not give permission that enables Honors College students to enroll in graduate-level courses. This permission must be secured through the Department Chair or Graduate Director of the department in which one wishes to take a graduate-level course. Students who study abroad may be eligible to have part of this requirement waived.