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.
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.
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.
Ecuador: "Galápagos and Ecuador: Environment, Ecology, and Human Use," January Term 2016.
Famous for its association with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, the archipelago that is the Galápagos Islands is also a major tourist destination, drawing 100,000 visitors each year. DHS members will engage with the following questions: What is the source of the islands’ extraordinary appeal? How should this popularity be balanced with the threat posed by visitors—especially in light of the economic opportunities the tourist industry offers to Ecuadorians? How are these issues inflected by larger environmental debates in Ecuador and the region over the extraction of natural resources? Readings will prepare students to make sense of the islands’ extraordinary landscapes and endemic species, and to confront and reflect on the imbrication of social and ecological issues in the archipelago.
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:
Students from DHS 2013-2014 produced an exhibition entitled "Sofia: City as Memory," inspired by their trip to Sofia, Bulgaria. The exhibition, a collection of photos and written pieces, was displayed at Gallatin in April 2014. Please see below for a presentation of the students' work.
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DHS Faculty Mentor, 2015-16
Anne DeWitt’s teaching and research focuses on Victorian literature, the history of science, and the intersections between literature and science. more>
DHS Administrative Director, 2015-16
Amy Spellacy’s teaching and research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, literature of the Americas, U.S. Latino/a literature, and transnational literary and cultural studies. more>