The Dean’s Circle is Liberal Studies' sophomore honor society. Dean’s Circle scholars participate in the various activities of the University’s Scholars Programs and receive an award from the University to engage in special academic activities, including:
- Participate in a year-long seminar around a selected topic
- Attend relevant cultural events in New York
- Travel abroad as a group for an immersive learning experience
Rising sophomores who have completed the first year having earned at least 30 credit hours are eligible to submit an application. Additional eligibility requirements may apply. A call for applications goes out in the spring. Membership is selective and is based on scholarship, leadership, and community service.
Dean's Global Research Grant
(GLS only) Global Liberal Studies emphasizes independent research. As such, GLS students can apply for grants to help offset travel or other extraordinary expenses associated with major research projects, such as presentation of research at a conference. Students may submit an application for either a Thesis Research Grant or an Open Research Grant, which supports research projects not related to the senior thesis. More about Dean's Global Research Grants.
At the end of each academic year, a Dean's Honors List is compiled. This is an honor roll of matriculated students who have achieved an average of 3.65 or higher for that academic year (September-May) in at least 28 graded points. In order to be listed, a student must not have any grades of Incomplete or N at the time when the list is compiled. Note that grade point averages are not rounded off.
Elaine Kuntz Memorial Writing Prize
The Elaine Kuntz Memorial Writing Prize was established in 1988 in memory of Dr. Kuntz, who was the program's first associate director and a member of the writing faculty. The prize is awarded to a first-year student each year for an outstanding essay composed in a writing course. The award recipient receives a certificate and a monetary award.
(GLS only) This prize is awarded to a graduating senior whose ePortfolio best reflects their intellectual development, the connection of their experiences to their senior thesis, and the values of the program. To be considered, students must include in their ePortfolio a reflective statement (of no more than 500 words) that describes how their thinking has developed over the past four years, emphasizing the ways their understanding of global issues and approaches has grown as a result of their experiences and instruction. The deadline for uploading the reflective statement will be announced each year.
Founders Day Award
(GLS only) This honor recognizes graduating seniors that rank in the top 35% of the senior class of their school based on GPA. Select outstanding seniors may also be given the Founders Day Award based on the discretion of the dean. To be eligible, a student must have completed at least 64 points in the GLS B.A., in courses in which letter grades were received. Awardees are notified on Founders Day (April 21).
(GLS only) To graduate with Latin honors, a student must have completed at least 64 points in the GLS B.A., in courses in which letter grades were received. All graded courses taken while enrolled in GLS, including courses taken from other divisions of the University, will be used in computing the honors average. Pass grades are not counted, and grades received in courses taken at other institutions are also not included. The student must also have a satisfactory record of conduct. More about Latin Honors.
Senior Thesis Prize
(GLS only) Each year outstanding thesis work is recognized with departmental Thesis Awards. Each student may nominate his or her thesis for the prize. One thesis is recognized in each concentration, as selected by the concentration chair and guided by instructor recommendation. One overall winner is selected by a committee of concentration chairs. To be eligible for any thesis prize, a thesis must be submitted on time; late theses are not eligible.
Valedictorian and Banner Bearer
(GLS only) Each year the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA is named Valedictorian of the graduating class and at All-University Commencement processes and serves as class representative for receiving the bachelor’s degree. The graduating senior with the second highest cumulative GPA is named Banner Bearer of the graduating class and processes at All-University Commencement.