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Undergraduate Honors Seminars

Steinhardt Dean's Global Honors Seminars are one of the signatures features of our 4-year Steinhardt Honors Program.

Seminars combine a semester-long course with a 7-10 day international research-travel component, providing students with the opportunity to integrate a global perspective into the study of an, interdisciplinary, liberal arts-based topic. Fall semester seminars include January research and travel, and Spring semester seminars include research and travel during spring break. Identified incoming freshmen honors students are invited to participate and, based on availability, rising sophomores with qualifying GPAs in all Steinhardt majors are invited to apply. All seminars are 4-credits and satisfy a Steinhardt Liberal Arts Core Requirement.

Daily activities during the research-travel component may include data collection, interviews, lectures, discussions, site visits, and cultural activities. For Fall courses, final course assignments are due after research-travel in January. For Spring courses, the seminar continues to meet after spring break and incorporates the international learning experience into the continued seminar.

Each seminar is limited to approximately 20 students for pedagogical, safety, and travel-logistical reasons.

As an honors activity, NYU Steinhardt funds almost all of the travel expenses, minus a non-refundable $400 program deposit. Students for whom travel-related costs would be financially prohibitive should write an appeal for aid to the Steinhardt Office of the Associate Dean of Students. The School intends the seminars to be open to high achieving students regardless of financial need.

Fall 2021

The Talking Brain: Typical and Disordered Communication

Have you ever wondered how communication is actually accomplished or who rehabilitates it when it breaks down? This class provides an introduction to the underappreciated processes of speech, language and hearing and the research approaches used to study them. We will also explore disordered communication and the role of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist in facilitating communication. Learn about brain injury, hearing loss, autism, stroke, stuttering, literacy, research methods and more. Discover why communication is an art and a science.
Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Societies and Social Sciences for non-CSD majors

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Spring 2022

The Global Music Industry: Popular Music, Culture and Society

This course explores the role of New York and London as gateways to music genres from around the world.

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Fashion in Context

Why do fashion designers and brands exert such influence in contemporary society? What explains the trajectory from The House of Worth to Chanel to Hood by Air? This course investigates the interlocking forces shaping fashion: the designer system, celebrities, technology, politics, the arts and media. Through lectures and film viewings, readings, discussions, and individual research, students explore fashion as a crucial aspect of culture with an emphasis on how the contemporary fashion system evolved from its roots in Parisian couture to become a global phenomenon.

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Introduction to Global Issues in Nutrition

Introduction to world food problems and their nutritional, economic, and social effects.

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Eligible candidates for global honors seminars are Steinhardt incoming freshman or rising sophomores. You must have a Steinhardt cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate a record of leadership, community engagement, and service. 

Students may participate in only one global honors seminar during their degree.

How to Apply

The application will be sent to eligible students each spring for the upcoming academic year.

The application contains one short-answer essay: Please explain your interest in your top selection for the global honors seminar.

Please note, the application process only applies to rising sophomores and not incoming freshman scholar students. There will be a separate process for incoming freshmen.


Students selected for the seminar are expected to enroll in and satisfactorily complete the requirements of the semester-long course associated with their specific seminar, as well as the travel component.

Students are required to participate in the round-trip travel to and from their program destination, as arranged by Steinhardt. Students are not allowed to purchase an individualized travel itinerary.

When admitted to one of the seminars, we will notify you of the deadline to pay the $400 program deposit. You must pay this deposit by the deadline provided or you will forfeit your place. If you need an extension of the deadline to pay the deposit, please request it in writing to

Students are responsible for obtaining any necessary visa or immunizations that are required for their program destination. The NYU Health Center will advise on required and recommended immunizations and other healthcare precautions, and students should also consult with their personal healthcare providers on overall mental and physical wellness to ensure readiness for international travel.

All offers of admission and each student's participation in this course are contingent on his or her maintaining a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade-point average. All GPAs will be reviewed after Spring grades are entered on NYU transcripts.  

Late withdrawals will be required to cover the entire travel cost that NYU would have covered. This policy is in place to guarantee as many students as possible are given the opportunity to participate and all program spaces are filled.