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The Steinhardt Honors Program offers students opportunities for enriched study, travel, and leadership development and connects our students to NYU-wide honors opportunities.

Sophomores develop their skills as leaders by participating in an exclusive leadership seminar, How to Change the World: The Steinhardt Sophomore Honors Seminar. 

Another opportunity for sophomores who have a cumulative 3.5 G.P.A. or better is to apply for the Dean's Global Honors Seminars. Participation in a Dean's Global Honors Seminar is a competitive process and students are selected on the basis of outstanding records of academic achievement, leadership, and service. Students may only participate in one DGHS course while enrolled in the Steinhardt School.

Steinhardt Sophomore Honors Seminar: How to Change the World

Based on three pillars of experiential learning -- exploration, collaboration, and engagement – this two-credit honors course will introduce you to various pathways for personal and professional achievement. As a participant in How to Change the World, you and your peers, from majors across Steinhardt, will examine strengths and limitations of a range of strategies that individuals and groups use to effect change in various domains – academic, humanitarian, social, artistic, educational, entrepreneurial, and cultural. You will learn to build skills to effect change in your chosen academic, artistic, and/or professional field.

You will conduct individual and group self-assessments and interest inventories; identify and cultivate mentoring relationships in your chosen field of study; and examine and practice leadership in both traditional and non-traditional modes. You will have opportunity to meet with a distinguished roster of guest speakers, construct learning activities, and engage in field visits to complement the on-campus experience.  A sample syllabus is available here.

How to Change the World is offered during Fall and Spring semesters. Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher are invited to apply.

University Leadership Honors Course

The University Leadership Honors Course (ULHC, 2 credits) focuses on high-achieving sophomores who might be strong candidates for prestigious national and international post-graduate fellowships, scholarships, and leadership programs.

The course is team-taught and combines readings, discussions, interactive sessions, self-assessment tools with specially arranged meetings with top-level leaders, and academics who will share their insights on the nature and skills of effective leadership, professional growth, communications, and self-awareness. Application is competitive.

NYU Leadership Initiative

The NYU Leadership Initiative integrates scholarly research, undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, and co-curricular activities across the University and multiple disciplines to offer a world-class, comprehensive leadership hub and programming for NYU students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Our mission is to prepare students as ethical and inclusive leaders who have a profound impact as global citizens.

Other Honors Opportunities

Research and Creative Project Award

The Student Research and Creative Project Grant are open to all Steinhardt undergraduate and master's students.


NYU Steinhardt graduation awards and honors.

Dean's Lists

The Dean's List is an academic honor awarded to undergraduate students achieving high scholarship each academic year.

Departmental Honors

Many departments and programs offer talented and highly motivated juniors and seniors the opportunity to take individual honors courses, to enroll in special honors programs that may involve independent research or creative work, or to join honorary societies.