The TCNJ Honors Program requires that students complete a minimum of five units of Honors study. The five units may be earned through several course options. Of the five units, one must be completed during the first semester in residence at TCNJ as an Honors student. Incoming freshmen usually complete this requirement by enrolling in an Honors First Year Seminar. A second unit must be completed by a student’s fourth semester in the program.
Honors study emphasizes a nuanced and cross-cultural understanding of issues. Because of this, one of the five courses required for the Honors program must be in philosophy or religion, and another must have a global emphasis. No single course can be used to meet both of these requirements.
Courses that satisfy College Honors include courses specifically developed by associated faculty of the Honors Program, Honors by Contract (HCB) course enhancements, and Honors Projects. Departmental Honors projects can (upon approval by the Honors Program Coordinator) count toward the five units of Honors. Only two Honors by Contract courses, and only one Honors Project can be used to satisfy the Honors Program requirements.
The Honors program allows up to one study abroad course to count towards College Honors. Course selection should be determined in advance and submitted for approval by the Honors Program Coordinator.
To remain in good standing in the TCNJ Honors Program, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.50 and a GPA in their Honors courses of 3.00. Students will be dismissed from the Honors program with their GPA falls below these requirements for 2 semesters, In order to graduate in the Honors Program, a student’s GPA (both TCNJ overall and Honors specifically) must be in good standing at the time of graduation.