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Honors Program

Academics

  • Capstone Requirement

    To graduate with the designation of “SAS Honors Scholar” an SAS Honors Program student must complete a set of requirements, one of which is the Capstone.

    We strongly encourage students to complete their capstone in their senior year. Certain circumstances may warrant students to begin their capstone in their junior year. These students should speak with their Honors Dean to discuss their plans.  Students are encouraged to begin thinking about plans for the Capstone no later than spring of the Junior year. 

    For all options, work completed to satisfy the Capstone Requirement:

    • Must be carried out over two semesters, and must total a minimum of 6 credits (3 credits per semester). Six credits completed in one semester is not permitted.
    • Must involve a substantial, sustained, and original writing/research component.
    • Must include a bibliography of the relevant scholarly literature.
    • Must be supervised by an approved faculty advisor.
    • May not be used to also fulfill a student's honors courses.

    ATTENTION SENIORS: All seniors pursuing capstone options C,D,E, or G must upload their scholarly analytic reports by the last day of classes. Students finishing their capstone coursework in fall term submit by December 13, 2023 | spring term submit by April 29, 2024.

    ATTENTION JUNIORS: All SASHP juniors are required to submit the SAS Honors Program Online Capstone Form by April 19, 2024.

    Note: Submission of the SAS Honors Program Online Capstone Form is required in addition to any paperwork required by a department or program for each of the options below.

    Approved Options

    Successful completion of a senior honors thesis through Departmental Honors within the major department – for information, visit the Departmental Honors Listings.
    Note: the departmental honors programs of some departments – e.g., Computer Science, Economics, Philosophy– offer variations on a standard thesis that are important to understand; please review the information on those department websites, and then contact your Honors Dean for further discussion.

    *Funding may be available in support of research through the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates.

    All SAS students who are completing a department-based honors thesis or an SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will be designated as SAS Paul Robeson Scholars. SAS Paul Robeson Scholars will be eligible for extended library borrowing privileges and for nomination for consideration for a Henry Rutgers Thesis Award.

    Completion of the SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis with a minimum grade of a B in thesis coursework.
    For information, go to http://sasundergrad.rutgers.edu/major/additional-academic-programs/thesis-programs/iht.

    All students completing an IHT are expected to present their research at the annual IHT conference in April.

    *Funding may be available in support of research through the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates.

    All SAS students who are completing a department-based honors thesis or an SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will be designated as SAS Paul Robeson Scholars. SAS Paul Robeson Scholars will be eligible for extended library borrowing privileges and for nomination for consideration for a Henry Rutgers Thesis Award.

    Completion of graduate level courses in the same department or program with a minimum grade of a B. At least one of the two courses must be in person (not hybrid, not online). Requires prior permission of instructor, approval of department graduate director, and clearance by an Honors Program dean. May require additional approval from the School of Graduate Studies.

    Students must submit the Graduate Course Request Form to the SAS Office of Academic Services. See note below regarding completion of scholarly report.

    A student completing Options C, D, E, or G must write a scholarly analytic report (18-25 pages) about the work in the two courses or experience in the program. This report is designed to allow students to reflect on their Capstone coursework and/or experiences, to expand their knowledge of the field, and to enrich their engagement with the topic or experience.

    This report is meant to be academic, intellectual, and professional, and to address the following questions:

    • Reflect on your decision to pursue this capstone option. How does it connect your experience at Rutgers with your academic/career plans?
    • How was the Capstone experience intellectually and/or professionally useful to you?
    • Explain the project you pursued. What were the key issues or scholarly challenges?
    • Dive deeper into a topic or question, drawing on additional scholarly literature. Include a bibliography of the works used.
    • Analyze what you learned. What intrigued or surprised you about your work on the project?

    The report will be due at the end of the semester in which the student completes the second course, and will be reviewed by the Honors Program dean and Administrative Dean. In all cases, students pursuing capstone work should be in touch early with their Honors Dean for detailed advising regarding options and requirements.

    Enrollment in a Rutgers program that combines undergraduate and graduate coursework and culminates in a graduate degree. The seven-year BA/MD program, Phase II of Access Med, and programs offered through the Graduate School of Education are among those which can be used for this option. Coursework must be taken in consecutive semesters.

    Students must earn a minimum grade of a B in graduate coursework.

    A student completing Options C, D, E, or G must write a scholarly analytic report (18-25 pages) about the work in the program. This report is designed to allow students to reflect on their Capstone coursework and/or experiences, to expand their knowledge of the field, and to enrich their engagement with the topic or experience.

    This report is meant to be academic, intellectual, and professional, and to address the following questions:

    • Reflect on your decision to pursue this capstone option. How does it connect your experience at Rutgers with your academic/career plans?
    • How was the Capstone experience intellectually and/or professionally useful to you?
    • Explain the project you pursued. What were the key issues or scholarly challenges?
    • Dive deeper into a topic or question, drawing on additional scholarly literature. Include a bibliography of the works used.
    • Analyze what you learned. What intrigued or surprised you about your work on the project?

    The report will be due at the end of the final semester of the senior year, and will be reviewed by the Honors Program Dean and Administrative Dean. In all cases, students pursuing capstone work should be in touch early with their Honors Dean for detailed advising regarding options and requirements.

    Completion of a two-semester professional, certificate, or service learning experience, field placement, or internship under the supervision of a sponsoring department or academic unit. Only coursework completed through approved programs run by academic departments and university centers, bureaus, and institutes will be recognized.

    The total credits earned must be at least six with a minimum grade of a B in all required coursework.

    Examples (non-exhaustive and for illustration only) of programs and departments which offer possible experiences that would satisfy Option E are the School of Social Work, the Institute for Women’s Leadership, The Collaborative (Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships), the Eagleton Institute of Politics, History Public/General History Internships, and Health Administration and Public Health Internships.

    A student completing Options C, D, E, or G must write a scholarly analytic report (18-25 pages) about the work in the two courses or experience in the program. This report is designed to allow students to reflect on their Capstone coursework and/or experiences, to expand their knowledge of the field, and to enrich their engagement with the topic or experience.

    This report is meant to be academic, intellectual, and professional, and to address the following questions:

    • Reflect on your decision to pursue this capstone option. How does it connect your experience at Rutgers with your academic/career plans?
    • How was the Capstone experience intellectually and/or professionally useful to you?
    • Explain the project you pursued. What were the key issues or scholarly challenges?
    • Dive deeper into a topic or question, drawing on additional scholarly literature. Include a bibliography of the works used.
    • Analyze what you learned. What intrigued or surprised you about your work on the project?

    The report will be due at the end of the semester in which the student completes the second course or completes the program, and will be reviewed by the Honors Program Dean and Administrative Dean. In all cases, students pursuing capstone work should be in touch early with their Honors Dean for detailed advising regarding options and requirements.

    Interested in combining Study Abroad while at Rutgers with your SASHP Capstone? Let your Honors advisor know your intentions before you go abroad, so we can advise you on your planning.

    The SAS Honors Program Online Capstone Form must be submitted and approved prior to studying abroad.

    Explore Rutgers Study Abroad Programs and their Access the World Initiative to learn more about your global options.

    Academic Summer Study Abroad:

    1. Enroll in at least 6 credits in any Rutgers Study Abroad experience in the summer* (after sophomore or junior year); Note that students can enroll in two different 3-credit programs as long as they are in the same country, adjacent countries, or regions. Consult with your advising dean.
    2. Take one 3- 4 credit cognate course** in a related field after returning from study abroad within 2 semesters of the global experience.
    3. Submit an 18 to 25-page scholarly capstone report at the conclusion of the cognate course.

    See, for example, the Spanish Department’s Summer Study Abroad
    See, for example, the French Department’s Summer Study in Paris

     

    Service Learning Summer Study Abroad:

    1. Enroll in at least 6 credits of a Rutgers-approved service learning project; students may combine two different 3-credit service learning project.
    2. Take one 3-4 credit cognate course** in a related field after returning from study abroad within 2 semesters of the global experience.
    3. Submit an 18 to 25-page scholarly capstone report at the conclusion of the cognate course.

     

    Semester Study Abroad:

    1. Study abroad for a semester in Rutgers Study Abroad program, preferably in the junior year. Studying abroad the first semester senior year is permitted, but students may not study abroad in their final semester as part of their capstone requirement.
    2. Take one 3-4 credit cognate course** in a related field after returning from study abroad within 2 semesters of the global experience.
    3. Submit an 18 to 25-page scholarly capstone report at the conclusion of the cognate course.

    Explore Rutgers Study Abroad Programs.

     

    **Cognate course: A cognate course is a course related to the language, art, literature, religion, culture, history, anthropology, or politics of the country in which you studied. The cognate course must be at least 3-credits, must not be online or hybrid, and must be taken at Rutgers. There is no restriction on the level of the course. If you are taking a language course, please work with the language department for language placement. In some cases, your cognate course may count toward your honors Global Language Proficiency Requirement (GLPR). Please check with your advising dean to make sure that the course you select can serve as your cognate course.

     

    The total credits earned must be at least six with a minimum grade of a B in all required coursework.

     

    A student completing Options C, D, E, or G must write a scholarly analytic report (18-25 pages) about the work in the two courses or experience in the program. This report is designed to allow students to reflect on their Capstone coursework and/or experiences, to expand their knowledge of the field, and to enrich their engagement with the topic or experience.

    This report is meant to be academic, intellectual, and professional, and to address the following questions:

    • Reflect on your decision to pursue this capstone option. How does it connect your experience at Rutgers with your academic/career plans?
    • How was the Capstone experience intellectually and/or professionally useful to you?
    • Explain the project you pursued. What were the key issues or scholarly challenges?
    • Dive deeper into a topic or question, drawing on additional scholarly literature. Include a bibliography of the works used.
    • Analyze what you learned. What intrigued or surprised you about your work on the project?

    The report will be due at the end of the final semester of the senior year, and will be reviewed by the Honors Program Dean and Administrative Dean. In all cases, students pursuing capstone work should be in touch early with their Honors Dean for detailed advising regarding options and requirements.

  • Global Language Proficiency

    All SAS Honors Program students must take the appropriate global language placement test.  

    To be designated a "School of Arts and Sciences Honors Scholar" at the time of graduation, an SAS Honors Program student must demonstrate proficiency in a global language through the intermediate level.  All courses used for the SAS Honors Program Global Language Proficiency Requirement must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. Some courses may not be offered every semester.  Students should contact the respective language department to ensure availability to complete the sequence.   

    Please note that pre-college credits, such as dual enrollment or Advanced Placement, will not complete the Global Language Proficiency Requirement.  

    1. Standard: complete the full intermediate sequence in a global language at Rutgers. The course number for the second semester of the intermediate level varies by department.  This option requires between one and four semesters to complete, depending upon the level at which you start. 

    2. Reading: complete a two-semester sequence in courses designed specifically for reading knowledge.  These courses do not require any previous background in the language.  *If you have had two or more years of the language in high school, you will not receive credit for this class or be allowed to use it fulfill the Global Language Proficiency Requirement. 

      *French for Reading Knowledge (01:420:105-106)
      *Italian for Reading Knowledge (01:560:105-106)
      *German for Reading Knowledge (01:470:105-106) 
        Biblical Hebrew (01:563:141-142)

    3. American Sign Language: complete the full intermediate coursework in American Sign Language. The specific course(s) may vary based on the institution where the classes are taken, as they are not currently offered at Rutgers. Courses should be equivalent to 04:192:120 Beginning American Sign Language I and 04:192:121 Intermediate American Sign Language II.  Students taking the course(s) outside of Rutgers over the summer must follow the transfer pre-approval process.  
     
    4. Individualized: If a student places above the second semester of the intermediate level on the global language placement test, and/or receives AP or dual enrollment credit for a course above that level, the student is permitted to take one 3- or 4-credit course either in that language at the level of placement, or a course in English related to the area of the world where that language is spoken (e.g., in music, history, art history, anthropology, culture, etc.).  A student interested in this option must consult with their SAS Honors Program dean for approval. 


    *Phi Beta Kappa

    *Please note: To be eligible for Phi Beta Kappa, a student must have demonstrated proficiency in a global language equivalent to completion of at least the second semester of the intermediate level. Only Options 1 and 4 of the SAS Honors Program Global Language Proficiency Requirement meet the Phi Beta Kappa requirement. For full information about credentials for election to Phi Beta Kappa, go to https://pbk.rutgers.edu/.

  • Global Language Proficiency

    All SAS Honors Program students must take the appropriate global language placement test.  

    To be designated a "School of Arts and Sciences Honors Scholar" at the time of graduation, an SAS Honors Program student must demonstrate proficiency in a global language through the intermediate level.  All courses used for the SAS Honors Program Global Language Proficiency Requirement must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. Some courses may not be offered every semester.  Students should contact the respective language department to ensure availability to complete the sequence.   

    Please note that pre-college credits, such as dual enrollment or Advanced Placement, will not complete the Global Language Proficiency Requirement.  

    1. Standard: complete the full intermediate sequence in a global language at Rutgers. The course number for the second semester of the intermediate level varies by department.  This option requires between one and four semesters to complete, depending upon the level at which you start. 

    2. Reading: complete a two-semester sequence in courses designed specifically for reading knowledge.  These courses do not require any previous background in the language.  *If you have had two or more years of the language in high school, you will not receive credit for this class or be allowed to use it fulfill the Global Language Proficiency Requirement. 

      *French for Reading Knowledge (01:420:105-106)
      *Italian for Reading Knowledge (01:560:105-106)
      *German for Reading Knowledge (01:470:105-106) 
        Biblical Hebrew (01:563:141-142)

    3. American Sign Language: complete the full intermediate coursework in American Sign Language. The specific course(s) may vary based on the institution where the classes are taken, as they are not currently offered at Rutgers. Courses should be equivalent to 04:192:120 Beginning American Sign Language I and 04:192:121 Intermediate American Sign Language II.  Students taking the course(s) outside of Rutgers over the summer must follow the transfer pre-approval process.  
     
    4. Individualized: If a student places above the second semester of the intermediate level on the global language placement test, and/or receives AP or dual enrollment credit for a course above that level, the student is permitted to take one 3- or 4-credit course either in that language at the level of placement, or a course in English related to the area of the world where that language is spoken (e.g., in music, history, art history, anthropology, culture, etc.).  A student interested in this option must consult with their SAS Honors Program dean for approval. 


    *Phi Beta Kappa

    *Please note: To be eligible for Phi Beta Kappa, a student must have demonstrated proficiency in a global language equivalent to completion of at least the second semester of the intermediate level. Only Options 1 and 4 of the SAS Honors Program Global Language Proficiency Requirement meet the Phi Beta Kappa requirement. For full information about credentials for election to Phi Beta Kappa, go to https://pbk.rutgers.edu/.

  • Honors Colloquium Course

    All SAS Honors Program students are required to complete at minimum one Honors Colloquium. Students who enter the SASHP as first-year students are required to complete a second Honors Colloquium, or an approved alternate: Byrne Seminar or a credit-bearing study abroad program/course.

    The goal of the Honors Colloquium is to stimulate intellectual curiosity and discussion as well as provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Through discussions, lectures, film screenings, and museum visits, students will explore topics of social, scientific, and philosophical significance.

    • 01:090:111 | Fall Semester
    • 01:090:112 | Spring Semester

     

  • Honors Sections

    There are two kinds of Honors Courses offered through academic departments: honors sections of lower-level regular courses, generally taken by first-year and second-year students (for example, Honors Introduction to Microecomomics, Honors Nature of Politics, Honors Calculus), and upper-level courses designated by the department as Honors (in Fall 2008, such courses include Advanced Econometrics, Jewish Politics and Power, Advanced Studies in Law: Reforming the Criminal Justice System, and Infant and Child Development). Enrollment in these courses varies, but is generally between 25-40 students.

  • Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars

    major minor electives graphicInterdisciplinary Honors Seminars are offered through the Honors Program. They are open to all New Brunswick/Piscataway Honors Program members in all class years, but are generally designed for first-year and second-year students. Faculty from throughout the New Brunswick campuses are invited to offer an Honors Seminar, an opportunity to think about complex problems and issues across disciplinary boundaries or outside of traditional disciplinary trajectories. For the faculty, the seminars are often a springboard for their own research or for course development. Through Honors Seminars, faculty also recruit promising undergraduates to join them on collaborative research projects. Honors Seminars have an enrollment of no more than seventeen students, and involve extensive written work and readings, discussion, independent work, and often include research as well as field work opportunities.  Interdisciplinary Seminars offered under 01:090:292, 01:090:293, 01:090:294, 01:090:295, 01:090:296, and 01:090:297 can be used to meet the SAS Core Curriculum goals in Writing and Communication [WCd].


  • Requirements


    To be designated a "School of Arts and Sciences Honors Scholar" at the time of graduation, an SAS Honors Program student must complete the following requirements:

    • A minimum of four 3- or 4-credit courses totaling 12 or more credits that are designated as honors courses, with a grade of C or better; these could include departmental honors offerings and interdisciplinary honors seminars.  Please note: no courses used for completion of the Capstone requirement can be used to satisfy this requirement.
    • A minimum of one Honors Colloquium, preferably in the student's first year as a member of the SAS Honors Program. A second Honors Colloquium or an alternative chosen from the following:

                    1. Taking a Byrne Seminar (First-year students only)
                    2. Taking an Honors section of an SAS Signature Course (when offered)
                    3. Studying abroad on a program for which a student receives Rutgers credit
                    4. Serving as a Peer Instructor for a FIGS course

    • Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level (effective for students entering Fall 2009 as members of Class of 2013 or later).  All courses used for the SAS Honors Program Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement must be completed with a letter grade of C or better.  Click here for information regarding the Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement.
    • A Capstone of at least 6 credits (minimum of 3 credits per semester) typically completed in the senior year. The Capstone involves a substantial writing/research component consistent with the norms of the discipline. Students are encouraged to complete a research or special academic project prior to, and as preparation for, the Capstone.  Click here for information regarding the Capstone.

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