You expect college to present new challenges. Our Honors Program will exceed your highest expectations.
As a special feature of the program, Honors faculty encourage students to take an active role in organizing an extracurricular activity or event. The project is part of the Honors Portfolio.
You will be free to tailor the activity to your individual interests. At the same time, your efforts will appeal to peers who share your academic interests. These opportunities include the following activities:
Honors Program Newsletter
Twice a semester, the Honors Program issues a Newsletter that reports on events in the program. The Newsletter offers Honors students an opportunity to publicize their achievements and write about their interests - including the publication of creative work.
Honors Program Faculty Forum
Faculty members from across the curriculum are invited by students to take part in a topical panel discussion. Students learn more about their professors' areas of expertise in an informal, interdisciplinary setting that promotes lively discussions.
Each semester some of the finest scholars from the New York City area and beyond are invited to St. John's to address Honors students and to engage them in intellectual discussion. The Honors Lecture Series Committee, which comprises Honors students and a faculty advisor, chooses the theme for each semester's program.
The Honors Program is a community of students. So, along with student/faculty luncheons, barbecues and softball games, there are various gatherings of students and faculty throughout the academic year.
Every semester, Honors students assist a faculty member in leading a book discussion. The informal discussions take place in the Honors Commons. At the start of each semester, students submit proposals for discussion topics.
Honors graduates are a close-knit group whose relationships extend well beyond St. John's campus gates. Special events exclusively for the program's alumni and alumnae take place during the year. In addition, Honors alumni and alumnae are successful professionals who can provide superb networking opportunities for recent Honors graduates pursuing further study or embarking upon new careers.
Every semester a series of three films with a common theme are shown in the evenings, followed by dinner and a student-led discussion.
In addition to a yearly Honors trip to the Cloisters in the fall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the spring, trips to museums in and around the New York City area are organized by students and accompanied by a faculty mentor. Particular attention will be given to special exhibits occurring at any given time.
Welcome to the nation's leading Theater District! Students with a penchant for theater are encouraged to organize Honors groups to attend current plays, on- and off-Broadway. Special student discounts are available.
Students organize trips to area cultural events, including ballet, opera and musical concerts -- both classical and/or contemporary. Again, special student discounts are available.
Ethnic New York
Twice a semester, Honors students arrange trips to one of New York's many ethnic neighborhoods, capped off by dinner at a local restaurant. We encourage students to organize trips to neighborhoods that reflect their cultural heritage.