The Honors School

Dean: Nancy Mezey, Ph.D.

The Honors School offers a program for high-achieving and highly motivated students to participate in a supportive learning community that provides enhanced curricular and co-curricular experiences. This program fosters enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry as a lifelong process and incorporates interdisciplinary approaches to education to encourage the intellectual and ethical growth necessary for a successful college and post-college life.

Honors students work closely with faculty mentors as they pursue scholarly research, writing, and dissemination. They complete twenty-five honors credits, twelve at the lower level in general education and thirteen at the upper level, often in their major. Students fulfill their twelve general education credits by taking sections designated for honors students. Limited in size to no more than twenty students, these honors classes promote faculty and student rapport and participation. Many courses such as in English, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science, are "clustered" together by a cohesive theme that encourages seeing the connections among different fields of study, thereby encouraging an integrative approach to learning. Students in the cluster take these courses together, further fostering friendship and collaborative learning. For students whose strengths lie in Math and Sciences, we also offer honors sections at the lower level.

At the upper level, students complete thirteen credits of honors courses in the major or other field of study, culminating in the Honors Capstone. The capstone thesis or project is completed as a tutorial, with the close support and academic guidance of faculty members.

In addition to the academic curriculum, the Monmouth University Honors experience is enriched by numerous social, cultural, and academic co- and extracurricular activities, including participation in the Peer Mentor Program and the Honors School Association. The Honors School also offers students the opportunity to be considered for the Freed Award for the best completed Honors Thesis. The Freed Award is in the amount of $1,000 and allows students the opportunity to be published in the Honors School research journal, Crossroads.

Honors students also enjoy enhanced opportunities after graduation. In addition to gainful employment, more than 50 percent of Honors School students go on to pursue graduate and professional degree programs. Graduation from the Honors school is noted on the student's transcript and diploma. Best of all, Honors School students know that they have completed a program that encourages serious intellectual exploration in a supportive environment.