History and Mission
The Honors Program at The College of New Jersey was founded in 1978 to offer high-achieving students a broad, rigorous educational experience. It is overseen by the Honors and Scholars Program Council, which is made up of faculty and students across campus. It is not associated with any single department or school.
The Honors Program nurtures a community of academic and intellectual leaders and fosters high-level interdisciplinary conversations across campus through small classes, enhanced coursework, and extracurricular opportunities.
The Honors Program strives to:
- Challenge talented students at TCNJ to reach their academic potential;
- Create a model of academic excellence for students and faculty across the college;
- Recognize and reward academic achievement;
- Prepare high-achieving students for graduate school and help them earn competitive fellowships;
- Nurture a community of students who are academic and intellectual leaders and who learn from one another inside and outside the classroom;
- Foster close faculty-student relationships;
- Promote the high-level interdisciplinary thinking that leads to innovation; and
- Encourage faculty to experiment with new pedagogies that can be models throughout the college.