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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 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 and cultural activities with the deans and faculty members of Gallatin. 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 particular theme through bi-weekly evening meetings. The majority of DHS activities will 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 a ranging from globalization to the information revolution, 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
  • Community service and university leadership opportunities such as tutoring in schools, running arts programs in settlement houses, organizing benefits for people with HIV

International & Domestic Travel

DHS members join a Gallatin faculty member and administrator to explore a particular scholarly theme through international travel over Spring Break. Upon return, group members prepare a project based on their explorations and share it with the Gallatin community. The theme for 2013-2014 will be announced after the application process is completed.

Examples of International Travel and Past Themes:

  • Athens: "Ancient Texts in the Modern World"
  • Ireland: "Mythology in History and Literature"
  • Prague: "Social Movements"
  • Senegal: "Global Urbanism: Development, Environment, and Social Movements in the Postcolonial City"

DHS Trip to Senegal in March 2013, Photo Album:

Selection Process & Requirements

Selection for the Dean's Honor Society is based on the student's academic record in Gallatin and demonstrated commitment to community service. Suitable candidates are invited to apply during the end of the spring semester.

  • DHS members must register for the zero-credit/non-graded DHS seminar, which meets approximately every other week on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
  • DHS members must earn a minimum semester GPA of 3.5 during each term of membership.
  • DHS members are expected to contribute a small co-pay toward the cost of travel. Special provisions such as payment plans are available if financial circumstances warrant, so please do not let financial concerns prevent you from applying.

Did You Know?

Throughout the year, DHS members explore a theme through readings, discussions and lectures at bi-weekly meetings and a corresponding international trip, which takes place over Spring Break.

Professor Hallie Franks guiding a group in Athens

Professor Hallie Franks guiding a group in Athens


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Window in Dakar, Senegal

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