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.
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. Recent destinations have included Mauritius; Japan; and Ireland and Northern England.
Under the guidance of a full-time Gallatin faculty member, Americas Scholars explore an annual theme through seminars, visits from guest speakers, and a travel colloquium held during January Term or Spring Break. Gallatin sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.8 are invited to apply during the Spring semester. Selection is based on a student's academic record, his/her demonstrated academic and personal interest in global matters relating specifically to the Americas (Central America, South American, the Caribbean, and North America including the US), and his/her demonstrated commitment to civic engagement. Recent destinations have included Colombia and Brazil, Cuba, and Argentina and Uruguay.
The Dean’s Honor Society offers academic seminars, cultural activities, and international trips with a full-time Gallatin faculty member throughout the school year. Gallatin sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.8 are invited to apply 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. Each year, the program changes its geographic focus and examines a different theme, and students participate in an annual travel colloquium, held during January Term or Spring Break. Recent destinations have included France, Ecuador's Galápagos Islands, and England.