• The Honors School

    If you thought college was just going to be four years of extended high school, think again. Join the Monmouth University Honors School and graduate with the pride of knowing you've accomplished superior academic and personal achievement in an atmosphere charged with exciting possibilities.

    The goal of the program is to present a curriculum with courses that provide a unique learning experience. Courses in the Freshman Honors School are "clustered" together, with professors developing common themes and assignments, enhancing the opportunity for students to make connections and to see issues from different points of view. Past themes have included: Science, Technology, and Values; Art, Literature, and Society; Society, Culture, and Values; The World in Transition—A Multicultural Perspective; and Revolutions—Political, Intellectual, and Technological. Every course in these honors clusters is limited to 20 students, fostering a classroom environment of diversity, discussion, and debate.

    Students in the Honors School are advised both by the Honors School Committee (specially designated honors advisors) and the department in which the student's major is housed.

    Group identity materializes among those participating. From the outset of the freshman experience, students see themselves as contributors to an especially dynamic community. A sense of freedom of expression develops inside the classroom and is often carried on outside of class.

    Students in the honors community are encouraged to develop a special rapport with their professors. Such rapport is important not only in the classroom, but also during extracurricular activities scheduled to enhance the material and theme of the program. These activities include free trips to some of the great Broadway shows like Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and Guys and Dolls; visits to New York Museums; a film series: "Classics in the Coffee House;" three annual Honors parties: the fall barbecue, a Christmas party, and a spring tea; and a series of guest lectures.

    Taken together, these curricular and extracurricular activities demonstrate the spirit behind the Honors School. It includes a dedication to serving our students and our faculty members at a number of levels. Developing a sense of the real joy in the life of the intellect is central. There is also the enrichment of social, cultural, and political life. This can be seen in past and current student success. The prestigious Truman Scholarship was recently awarded to one of our students. Student initiatives have brought Amnesty International to the campus, provided relief for hurricane disaster victims, raised funds for children with multiple sclerosis, and promoted adult literacy in New Jersey.

    Some commonly asked questions include:

    Are honors courses more work?

    Honors courses are determined by smaller classes, better student/faculty rapport, discussion rather than lecture, and common reading and writing assignments between the courses. Greater depth in discussion and writing is also characteristic of honors work.

    Will Honors School courses make it more difficult to keep a high grade point average?

    The Honors School and the University do not expect professors to grade honors students in competition with each other. Students will be evaluated by objective standards of performance.

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