Honors & Awards

Liberal Studies offers several honors and awards to outstanding students within the LS community. For more information, email ls.aid@nyu.edu.

Dean's Circle

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. For more information, please visit Dean's Global Research Grants.

Dean’s List

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.

Guen Scholarship

(GLS only) Global Liberal Studies sophomores are eligible to apply for a limited number of Guen Scholarships, which provide additional financial aid to GLS students spending their junior year abroad. The scholarships have been funded through the generosity of the Guen family in the interest of assisting students in international study. A call for applications goes out in the spring. Ten scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded based on a combination of merit and financial need. Scholarships will be applied to tuition charges for the junior year. The award is for one year only and is not renewable.

Latin Honors

(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 the letter grades A through D 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.  

Michael Probst Scholarships

Sophomores with outstanding academic records are eligible to apply for a small number of $2,500 Probst Scholarship merit awards. The Probst Scholarships are highly competitive and non-renewable. Students having earned a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher and at least 32 credit hours in Liberal Studies with no outstanding incomplete grades are eligible to submit an application. A call for applications goes out in the spring. The award is for the fall semester of sophomore year and is not renewable.

Social Impact Grants

Social Impact Grants (SIG) fund student initiatives that involve making a difference in the community and enriching quality of life. These grants model the idea that contributing back to a particular community is an important educational experience and is critical preparation for the practice of global citizenship. Applicants must be matriculated Liberal Studies students in at least the second semester of their first year. For more information visit Social Impact Grants.  

Community Spotlight

LS students are an accomplished group. Here are just a few of the recent academic awards received by students and alumni: