The Jefferson Scholars Academic Program

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], earning a Bachelor's degree from each college. In coordination with NC State's 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:
  1. Specially designed courses that satisfy General Education degree requirements. These classes are small, set aside for the Jefferson Scholars alone. They include
    • Dr. Chad Jordan's PB 219 (Plants in Folklore, Myth and Religion) for first-year students;
    • Dr. Sasha Newell's ANT 252 (Cultural Anthropology) for second-year students;
    • Dr. William Kimler's HI 481-Honors (History of the Life Sciences) for third-year students.

  2. Choice of two majors tailored to individual student's interests and goals for learning and career. The full range of CALS majors and CHASS majors are available.

  3. 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 such as our annual group trip, the international trip for rising seniors, and various social events together.

Many Jefferson Scholars also participate in the University Scholars 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 various NC State Scholarships. It is possible to be both a Jefferson Scholar and a Caldwell Fellow or Park Scholar at the same time.