The Honors College first-year experience is shaped by our diverse living-learning community drawn from students and faculty from both professional and liberal arts schools at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, including the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, School of Business, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, as well as Douglass Residential College for women.
Living alongside the students are the academic dean and faculty fellows who provide guidance for a complete living and learning experience, organized around innovative teaching, co-curricular and professional opportunities, community building, and leadership development.
The Honors College is a four-year experience in which the curriculum enhances and intersects with the curricula of the different schools. At the core of the Honors College curriculum is the first-year mission course, the Honors College Forum. Truly interdisciplinary, this course focuses on the key topics defining twenty-first century life: health and wellness, creative expression, citizenship and leadership, cultures and diversity, and sustainability and innovation. Students engage with these themes in a course dedicated to problem-solving in the role of “Innovation Citizens.” In addition to the Honors College Forum, all Honors College students are required to take a Byrne Seminar in their first year and one interdisciplinary honors seminar in their first two years. The Honors College Forum and the interdisciplinary honors seminar fulfill elective requirements in the professional schools.