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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.

Dean's Honor Society 2015-2016

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.

Examples of past DHS travel locations and themes:

  • Greece: "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"
  • Bulgaria: "Sofia: A City's Memory"

DHS Bulgaria Trip, March 2014

DHS Senegal Trip, March 2013

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).

For more information, contact Gallatin's Office of Global Programs at gallatin.global@nyu.edu or 212.998.7133.

Sofia: City as Memory

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.  

Contact us

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Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-7133 phone
(212) 995-4265 fax

Faculty Profile

Anne DeWitt

Anne DeWitt
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>

Amy Spellacy

Amy Spellacy
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>

Professor Hallie Franks guiding a DHS group in Athens

Professor Hallie Franks guiding a DHS group in Athens

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

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