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Dean's Honor Society

DHS students in Senegal after an evening of dancing and drumming lessons

DHS students in Senegal after an evening of dancing and drumming lessons


The Dean's Honor Society (DHS) recognizes exceptional Gallatin juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to academic and civic engagement. DHS serves both to recognize excellent Gallatin students and to enrich their experiences at NYU.

Members participate in academic seminars, cultural activities, and international trips with Gallatin deans and faculty members. Faculty members also facilitate career networking with Gallatin alumni and mentor students on career and graduate school goals.  Members have not only shown excellence in their academic work but have contributed significantly to the Gallatin, NYU, and New York City communities through their commitment to community service.


Year-Long Program

Throughout the academic year, DHS members explore a scholarly theme through bi-weekly meetings with a Gallatin faculty mentor. The majority of DHS activities take place during this time, although some activities such as dinners, performances, and overnight trips may occur at other times. DHS members must attend and participate in all DHS functions.

Examples of DHS Activities:

  • Programs on topics ranging from globalization to the information revolution, and from the intellectual autobiographies of faculty to the meaning of interdisciplinarity
  • Walking tours of Little India in Queens and Chinatown in Manhattan
  • Visits to museums, dance performances, musical performances, and other cultural events

International Travel

DHS members join the Gallatin faculty mentor and a program administrator to explore the yearly theme through international travel, typically over Spring Break. Upon return, group members prepare a project based on their explorations and share it with the Gallatin community.
 

2016-2017: France: "Crossroads of History"
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Romig
Travel during Spring Break 2017

Past DHS travel locations and themes:

  • Ecuador: "Galápagos and Ecuador: Environment, Ecology, and Human Use"
  • England: "London as a Model 21st-Century Global City"
  • Bulgaria: "Sofia: A City's Memory"
  • Senegal: "Global Urbanism: Development, Environment, and Social Movements in the Postcolonial City"
  • Prague: "Social Movements"
  • Greece: "Ancient Texts in the Modern World"
  • Ireland: "Mythology in History and Literature"

View photos from recent DHS trips!

 

Selection Process and Requirements

Gallatin juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.7 are invited to apply for DHS during the spring semester. Selection is based on a student's academic record, his/her demonstrated interest in global matters, and his/her commitment to civic engagement.

Once accepted to the program, DHS members are expected to:

  • Earn a minimum semester GPA of 3.5 during each term of membership.
  • Register for and participate actively in their group’s bi-weekly DHS seminar, which is 0 credits and graded on a "Pass/Fail" basis. The majority of group activities take place during these meeting times, although some activities such as dinners and performances may occur at other times. 
  • Contribute toward the cost of travel (special provisions such as payment plans are available if financial circumstances warrant; please do not let financial concerns prevent you from applying).

Past Years' Projects