Gallatin offers several scholarly groups that provide special opportunities for high-achieving students, including travel, cultural and intellectual activities, and access to smaller communities within Gallatin itself.
Gallatin juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.7 and a demonstrated interest in global matters are invited to apply to The Dean’s Honor Society, which offers academic seminars with a full-time faculty member and cultural activities throughout the school year. The program changes its geographic focus and examines a different theme each year, and students participate in an annual travel colloquium, typically held during Spring Break. Past destinations have included Greece, where students studied the ancient in the modern world; Ireland, where they studied myth and story; and Senegal, where they learned about development, the environment, and social movements in a postcolonial society.
Gallatin juniors and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.7 and a demonstrated interest in global matters relating specifically to the Americas (Central America, South American, the Caribbean, and North America including the US) are invited to apply to be Americas Scholars. Under the guidance of a full-time faculty member, students explore an annual theme through seminars, visits from guest speakers, and a travel colloquium held during January Term. Past destinations have included New Orleans, where students learned how the city was coping several years after Hurricane Katrina, and Puerto Rico, where they examined cultural and community linkages between Puerto Rico and New York.
Select students are invited to be Albert Gallatin Scholars each year when they apply to Gallatin. The program includes two opportunities for students to participate in a travel colloquium during January Term. To prepare for the trip, students attend seminars with the group’s faculty advisers and guest experts, exploring the culture, history, architecture, art, and music of the trip’s destination. During the trip, students meet with representatives of cultural institutions, NGOs, and arts groups. Students also contribute to Mosaic, the program’s journal of writing and art. Past destinations have included Vietnam, Spain and Morocco, and China.
Students whose concentrations incorporate the study of human rights may apply to participate in the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights program. This year-long program provides several Gallatin students with up to $5,000 each to support research and work in the field of human rights, broadly defined. In the spring semester, participants study the concept, history and political manifestations of human rights in both a seminar and independent studies. In the summer, they engage in extended research or internships at organizations around the world. In fall, they present their findings at a symposium open to the entire university community.
The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice (GGFUP) provides funding of up to $5,000 and support for 6-10 advanced, Gallatin undergraduate and graduate students to pursue extended research projects while working at sponsor organizations in New York, Berlin, and Madrid. The GGFUP program transcends traditional international service learning models. Based on a vision of establishing long term partnerships with organizations that work on urban social justice issues, the fellowship emphasizes research, which the students co-design with organizations. Final projects are produced collectively, in dialogue with other fellows, and are made public in an on-line forum.