There are several scholarly groups at Gallatin that offer special opportunities to high-achieving students -- opportunities for travel, for cultural and intellectual activities and for access to smaller communities within Gallatin itself. Explore the links below to learn more about each program and to see photos from the Scholars' travels.
The Dean’s Honor Society, for example, holds academic seminars and cultural activities for Gallatin juniors and seniors who have been invited to apply for membership based on academic performance at Gallatin and on demonstrated commitment to community service. In addition to seminars, members participate in an annual Spring Break travel colloquium focused on the year’s chosen theme. Recently the group traveled to Athens with Gallatin Professor Hallie Franks to study the ancient in the modern world. This year, Professor Greg Erickson accompanied the group to Dublin in March to study myth and story.
Gallatin students with a grade point average of 3.75 or above who have a demonstrated interested in matters relating to the Americas – including the U.S., other parts of North America, Central America, South American and the Caribbean – are invited to apply to be Americas Scholars. The Americas Scholars also focus on a particular theme. For example, the group considered the theme of “the social production of natural disaster" by traveling to New Orleans to understand how that city was coping five years after Hurricane Katrina. Through biweekly discussions of readings, visits from guest speakers, field trips and independent research, they discussed the myriad ways in which vulnerability to environmental conditions are affected by the decisions made by people and institutions. This year, the group traveled to Puerto Rico to consider the theme of "Puerto Rico and New York: Culture and Community."
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; and in fall they present their findings at a symposium open to the entire university community.
Finally, select students are invited to be Albert Gallatin Scholars each year when they apply to Gallatin. Scholars work closely with a member of the full-time faculty, as well as an associated faculty member who serves as a class adviser at Gallatin. Scholars contribute to the program’s journal of writing and art, Mosaic, based on a theme each year. The program includes two travel opportunities, each during the winter break in January. To prepare for those trips, Scholars attend lectures, discussions and meetings with the group’s faculty advisers and guest experts on the culture, history, architecture, art and music of the trip’s destination. During the course of the trip, scholars meet with representatives of cultural institutions, NGOs and arts groups. This year, the Albert Gallatin Scholars went to Vietnam. Photos from the trip are below.
New York University now operates 14 comprehensive global campuses outside New York. Gallatin students study at all of them, immersing themselves in new cultures and often learning new languages in order to enhance their concentrations, prepare for graduate school, and develop skills sought by employers.