Honors Enrichment Program

Honors Enrichment Program

The Honors Enrichment program is a cocurricular program for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. It gives honors students across the five schools of the College the opportunity to engage intellectually with their peers. Promoting interdisciplinary exchange, the program challenges honors students to move beyond standard curricula and to act as intellectual leaders.

The program has 3 required elements:

  1. City cultural exchange
  2. Symposia
  3. Integration essay

These events are organized around an annual theme, chosen by the faculty co-coordinators and the Honors Steering Committee. Each semester, students who participate in all three parts of the program and fulfill its requirements receive transcript recognition for that semester.

City Cultural Exchange

A highlight of the program is the city cultural exchange, which exposes students to the cultural life of New York City. Students choose to attend one cultural event in New York City from a list of possible activities relating to the year's theme. Toward the end of the semester, we gather together at a party to compare our experiences of these events. Past events have included the Broadway musical Cabaret, the Congo Gorilla Forest at the Bronx Zoo, an exhibit of outsider art at the Museum of American Folk Art, a guided tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a mixed-media installation on memory and history at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Ground Zero viewing platform, and an exhibition on utopian societies in western culture at the New York Public Library.

Symposia

The symposia usually follow a more traditional academic format. Students attend a scholarly presentation on a specific topic related to the theme. Usually these presentations address the theme from different disciplinary perspectives. These symposia are followed by group discussions, both immediately after the lecture (in a question-and-answer session) and on an online discussion board.

Integration Essay

The third component, an essay, challenges students to integrate ideas emerging from events in the semester. We also hope students seek other academic and service opportunities on campus, which we describe throughout the honors enrichment Moodle site.

Students are encouraged to take an active role in the program to ensure that it remains student oriented. They can do this by volunteering to work with a faculty member at a symposium, taking an active part in the program's events and online discussion board, and suggesting themes or events for the program.

For additional information, contact the current Honors Enrichment program coordinators:

Brian Chalk, Ph.D.
English Department
Miguel 419
718-862-7121
brian.chalk@manhattan.edu