The Jefferson Scholars
Jefferson Scholars enroll in a double degree program in the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences [CALS] and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
[CHASS]. Beyond NC State's strong general education foundation in language,
mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, history, philosophy, and
physical education, the Jefferson Scholars Program offers a special curriculum.
This curriculum has three main components:
- Specially designed courses
that satisfy basic degree requirements in a classroom setting devoted
to Jefferson Scholars alone. These include
- Dr. Chad Jordan's PB 219 (Plants in Folklore,
Myth and Religion) for first-year students;
- Dr. Risa Ellovich's ANT 252 (Cultural Anthropology)
for second-year students;
- Dr. William Kimler's HI 481H (History of
the Life Sciences) for third-year students.
- Choice of two majors tailored to individual
student career goals. The full range of CALS
majors and CHASS
majors are available.
- Senior capstone experience through a supervised
Independent Study course for fourth-year students, coordinated with
the faculty advisors. Each student's research paper explores the scientific
and humanistic perspectives on a question of interest to the student.
The semester culminates in a presentation of the papers at a symposium
for all Jefferson Scholars.
In addition to special classes and the double-major, the Program fosters
close contact between students and faculty; opportunities for meeting
scientists, scholars, and government officials; and extracurricular activities.
Many Jefferson Scholars also participate in the
Program or in the University
Honors Program. The special courses for Jefferson Scholars count toward
the required hours of Scholars classes. Jefferson Scholars have also won
Merit Scholarships. It is possible to be both a Jefferson Scholar
and a Caldwell Fellow
or Park Scholar at
the same time.